When can children decide which parent to live with in Australia?

25 Nov
2019

When can children decide which parent to live with in Australia?

Can children decide which parents to live with? When determining the living arrangement for children post-separation, parents often wonder at what age can children decide who to live with themselves. It is important to understand there is no one standard age that must be met. The reality of this question…

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01 Nov
2019

Binding Financial Agreements

Also referred to as “pre-nups”, binding financial agreements are created between parties of a relationship or marriage to legally protect and allocate assets if the event the marriage ceases. Whilst many people believe planning for divorce before the marriage begins is controversial, a binding financial agreement is prudent estate planning,…

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25 Oct
2019

Psychologist Involvement in Family Law Proceedings

When a marriage or relationship breaks down, a typical disagreement between the parties relates to the arrangements of the children, including where they live, attend school and spend time with. These issues may be further complicated if one parent wishes to relocate as a result of family violence, abuse, or…

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10 Oct
2019

Criminal Law in Family Law Proceedings

The Impact of Criminal Law in Family Law Jurisdiction Criminal Law in family law: Pursuant to section 61DA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility exists within family law proceedings. However, this presumption does not apply in circumstances where parents have engaged in…

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01 Oct
2019

Child Custody Australia and International Law

Biggest Issue on Child Custody Australia Child Custody Australia has One of the biggest issues facing Multi-national Australian families is parenting arrangements and custody of children. The 2011 Census suggests nearly half of the Australian population has one parent who was born in another country. As Australia has one of…

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23 Sep
2019

Did you ever think about your Child Views on Parenting Arrangements for the 0-4 year age group?

CHILD VIEWS IN PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 0-4 YEAR AGE GROUP How the Child’s View Affects Custody Disputes? Before imposing an order, the Court will always consider what Parenting Arrangements are in the best interests of the child. In determining the best interests of the child, any views expressed by…

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16 Sep
2019

Solicitors Role in Family Proceedings

The role of solicitors in Family Law proceedings may not be known to the parties before commencing the legal representation. In the case of Simic& Norton [2017] FamCA 1007, Justice Benjamin was critical of both parties’ solicitors, describing their actions as fuelling a negative culture of “bitter adversarial and highly…

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09 Sep
2019

Child Vaccinations Australia and Family Law

Family Court and Child Vaccinations Australia Whilst many couples have long, happy relationships, there are bound to be one or more serious points of disagreement when it comes to raising children. These issues become more relevant in circumstances where the couple has separated and have different views on how best…

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30 Aug
2019

Property and Sentimental Value

Sentimental Value in Property Settlement In determining how the property pool is split, the Court has previously highlighted the difficult and sometimes unique circumstances where one party may have sentimental value in an asset. In one particular case, the Husband of the proceedings was given 14 days to retrieve the…

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17 Aug
2019

Party Expenditure and Wastage

Parties Wastage Following Separation Usually during cases of divorce or separation proceedings which reach the Court, one party has made the other party’s life very difficult, often causing heated disputes and emotions. Although a party may have been difficult, lied, cheated or has caused the other significant pain, the other…

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