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My partner is an anti-vaxxer and won’t let my kids get vaccinated

The issue of vaccination has been a contentious issue recently as Australia comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government permitted access for 12-year-olds to receive the Pfizer vaccinate and it is expected it will soon be available to five-year-old...

Child Protection’s (DHHS) Rights to take my child

The Children, Youth and Families Amendment Bill proposes to extend the time child protection workers can remove children from their parents from one working day to two working days. This may see children separated from their families for several days should the...

How do I get equal custody of my child?

Did you know that if there is a court order for equal shared parental responsibility, either by consent or decision of the court, the court must consider whether the parents should have equal shared care of the children? How does the Court consider whether parents...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements in Australia: Pros and Cons

We see a lot of what are known as pre-nuptial and post-nuptial binding financial agreements drafted by other lawyers, often using ‘boiler-plate,’ clauses many of which are non-compliant with the Family Law Act and likely to be set aside, if they were subject to...

Considering a surrogacy arrangement? Here is what NOT to do

By Jessica Coles-Black Substantial amounts of money, blackmail, extortion and even an inappropriately behaved lawyer. This matter involved everything that any good tv miniseries has. The recent case of Soon & Poon, heard by the Family Court in Sydney, involved a...

Tips on how to prepare for your first meeting with your family lawyer

By Jessica Coles-Black Separating from your former spouse is one of the most stressful events you can go through. There are a number of things that you will need to consider in order to finalise your separation, including legal representation. You may also have never...

Rare bipartisan support for new super splitting law

By Lloyd Skinner Single, older, and non-home owning women have been identified as being increasingly at risk of economic hardship including homelessness and poverty (Darab & Hartman, 2013). This problem is significantly caused by issues of family breakdown such as...

The Family Court Merger: can they do it?

By Lloyd Skinner Following the recent passage of the court merger legislation creating the combined Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA), officially commencement is set to occur on 1 September 2021. We want to explore the procedural changes that...

Tips on How to Manage your Marriage or Defacto Separation

By Jessica Coles-Black   Separating or divorcing from your spouse is one of the most stressful and emotional periods in a person’s life. There are often many moving variables to consider whilst trying to finalise your separation. It can be slow moving and...