Unacceptable risk: Appeal against parenting orders & Allegations of sexual abuse

20 Nov
2021

Unacceptable risk: Appeal against parenting orders & Allegations of sexual abuse

In a recent Appeal of a decision of the Family Court of Australia, the Appellant Court reviewed orders between the parties in respect of their two children under Pt VII of the Family Law Act 1975. The orders made provision for the children to live with the mother and for her to have…

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12 Nov
2021

Are you at risk of family violence?

Unfortunately, statistics are on the rise for family violence in contemporary Australian society, with studies determining that individuals are most at risk at the time of or shortly following separation. Usually this is as a result of increased stress, financial pressure and uncertainty surrounding the family breakdown. The uncertainty of…

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08 Nov
2021

What Are Considered The Best Interests of the Child?

In parenting matters, the Court’s main focus is making orders that align with the children’s best interests as this remains the paramount consideration. But how does the Court determine what is in the best interests of the child? There is no hard and fast rule for this. Each case is…

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01 Nov
2021

Mediating Parenting Matters & S60I Certificates

Did you know that you need to have a mediation certificate before you can commence Court proceedings seeking parenting orders? The mediation certificate is also known as a Section 60I Certificate and is issued by registered family dispute resolution providers in the following circumstances: To confirm both parties attended mediation…

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22 Oct
2021

Adoption and Being a Stepparent in Queensland

The adoption process in Queensland is managed by the government organisation Adoption Services Queensland.  A child’s Stepparent (being either married or in a de facto relationship with the parent of the child) can make an application to adopt the child if they can satisfy the below criteria: The Stepparent is…

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18 Oct
2021

Federal Circuit and Family Court Merger

On 1 September 2021 the Family Court of Australia merged with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The new Court referred to as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has a primary aim to finalise 90% of property or parenting matters by way of providing a final judgment…

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06 Sep
2021

Drug Testing Parents in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

In parenting proceedings, parties are required to complete a Court form titled Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk which discloses any allegations the parent may have against the other party which places children at risk.  If a party alleges there is a drug or substance abuse problem on…

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30 Aug
2021

Was Imprisonment Fair Punishment For Breach of a Family Court Order

Punishment For Breach of a Family Court Order In a recent decision of the Family Court, it was ordered that a mother serve an immediate term of imprisonment of 14 days and further that she be subject to a further term of imprisonment of 14 days which will be fully…

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17 Aug
2021

How Britney Spears Is Taking Control & Gaining Capacity Without Being Toxic?

Britney Spears is making international headlines yet again, but this time there’s no new album being released or a shot gun Las Vegas wedding. Ms Spears actively continues to strongly oppose the conservatorship which granted her Father control over her finances, financial and personal decisions that has been in place…

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09 Aug
2021

8 Critical Reasons To Update Your Will Sooner Rather Than Later

It is very important that your Will is always current and up to date. Why? If the Coronavirus Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the future is unknown and preparation is key.  So, why should you update your Will? There are a number of reasons why this important task…

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