Child Custody

What is contempt in the Family Court?

In the recent case heard at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1), Justice Gill made orders of six months imprisonment of Ms Trach, a mother who was found guilty of contempt for failing to provide information about location of her missing...

In Australia, who gets custody of the children?

In Australia, who gets custody of the children? There is no such thing as father’s rights or mother’s rights in parenting arrangements under the Family Law Act. The only right considered by the Family Law Act is the child’s rights. Despite this, you may be asking...

Can infidelity affect child custody arrangements?

Can infidelity affect child custody arrangements? Infidelity can create a lot of animosity and resentment between parties. The question is, is it ever relevant to child custody arrangements? Infidelity will rarely affect child custody orders or arrangements. In...

Can I get my child vaccinated in the Family Court?

On the 8 March 2022, Trevor McKenna reported to the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia on what the Court says about COVID vaccination of your child.   On 25 January 2020 Australia confirmed its first case of COVID-19. 13 months later in February...

Can a parent keep a child away from the other parent?

Can a parent restrict access of their child to the other parent? It is not uncommon in high conflict child custody battles for one parent to deny or restrict access or limit the time the other parent spends with the child. So, is it possible for one parent to stop the...

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...