Same-Sex Parents Who Separate: Who gets the Children?
This article discusses what the Court might consider when dealing with parenting orders sought by same-sex parents and whether biological parents have an advantage in Cou...
10 Common Misconceptions about Australia's Shared Parenting Laws
Following is a list of 10 common misconceptions about Shared Parenting in Australia, that have been circulated so broadly that they are on the whole accepted as truth, bu...
Airport Watch List: Protect your Child from International Abduction
To place your child’s name on the Airport Watch List you need to make an Application to the Family Court of Australia or Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
FULL REPORT RELEASED: Independent Study of Australia's Independent Children's Lawyers
In contrast to the generally positive findings of the Australian Government’s 2013 AIFS Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) Study, the findings of the Family Law Expr...
Hearsay – What is it and when can you use it?
This article explains the concept of hearsay evidence and under which circumstances it may be admissible in court.
How to make a complaint against your Solicitor
Have you ever had serious concerns with the way your solicitor has dealt with your case? For instance, do you believe your solicitor has not respected your confidentialit...
How to Remove a Judge or/and an ICL from Proceedings
This paper will consider the procedure for removing a judge and an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) from proceedings.
Audio Recordings as Evidence in Family Court Proceedings
Recent times have seen increased debate surrounding the use of audio recordings in court proceedings, and particularly, in Family Court proceedings.
Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICL) & Australian Family Law
An independent children’s lawyer (ICL) is a lawyer who advocates for the best interests and welfare of a child in relevant proceedings under the Family Law Act 1975 (Ct...
Contravention of Court Orders or AVOs. What options do you have?
Court Orders include Parenting Orders, Consent Orders and Financial Orders. Once an Order is made, each party affected by the Order must comply with it.
Should Children Be Interviewed for Family Reports?
In producing a family report, the family consultant usually speaks to all significant parties involved in the case including the child/ren.
How to Challenge a Child Support Assessment
A Child Support assessment is generally made when a child's parents separate, providing the primary carer of the child/ren with sufficient income from the other parent in...
Divorce and Property Dispute: Preparing for Litigation
In this final article I wish to discuss the method by which the parties can protect their properties using the knowledge of the first two articles.
The Hidden Costs of a Divorce
Consider the costs and hidden fees associated with a divorce to gain an understanding of what to expect and how to manage the financial obligations.
How can we more accurately capture the reality of a family dynamic?
How do you think a Family Report is beneficial in assessing the best interest of a child?
Implications to Pre-Nuptial Agreements - the Pole Dancer Case: Wallace v Stelzer
In January 2011, the Family Court decision of Wallace v Stelzer [1. [2011] FamCA 54.
How do family reports gain insights into a family dynamic given the short time available?
As a psychologist, what are the apt methodologies of completing a family report and not obstructing the development of justice for all parties involve?
Everything you need to know about Family Trusts: Part 2 - Avoiding Pitfalls
A Family Trust can bring forth great benefits in the forms of tax savings and asset protection. However, it can also cause many problems if not set up properly.
Overview of the AIFS Independent Children’s Lawyer Study
In May 2013 the Australian Institute of Family Studies issued their final report of a study into the effectiveness of Independent Children’s Lawyers in the Australian F...
Family Reports and the Psychology Industry in Family Law: Expert Interview
Family Law Express interviewed Dr. Travis Gee, a Brisbane psychologist on his views of the psychology industry in the Family Law context.
Unacceptable Risk: Standard of Proof in Determining Child Abuse in Family Law
The nature of child abuse in a family context makes such cases difficult to prove.
What is Family Violence according to the Family Courts?
More generally, this article aims to create a greater awareness of the different types of family violence that are now considered by the family law courts as family viole...
Family Law Reform in Australia: Experts and Lobby Groups
There are numerous family law experts and family law lobby groups who have been relied upon to provide advise and recommendations to the Australian government on family l...
Everything you need to know about Family Trusts: Part 1
A Family Trust can bring forth great benefits in the forms of tax savings and asset protection.