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In February 2019, a matter concerning the existence of a de facto relationship was considered in the Federal Circuit Court. In Adesso & Payton [2019] FCCA 343 Ms Adesso made an application to the Court seeking final orders for a property settlement and then the...

Angry shots and barbs posted online often become grist for the mill of the Family Courts. Social media content is often submitted as evidence to the Court if it calls into question a party’s integrity, character, or child focused approach to co-parenting. It is important to...

The area of law that establishes whether a donor is a ‘legal parent’ for the purposes of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) is an area of law that is still emerging. As to recent and current developments in this area of law, the High Court...

In parenting proceedings, the Family Courts may appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer (or ‘ICL’) to advocate the views expressed by your children and concerns relating to your children’s care, welfare and development and to propose Orders that are in the best interests of your children. Independent...

In the matter of Borg & Bosco [2019] FCCA 66 (18 January 2019), Ms Borg and Mr Bosco had been in a de facto relationship for approximately 6 years and then separated in 2005. After they separated on 2005 they entered an agreement to divide...

The paramount consideration in all parenting matters is the ‘best interests’ of the children. The Family Law Act aims to promote and preserve the right of each child to know and have a relationship with both of their parents. Parents do not have “rights” addressed...

After you separate it is possible that you may need to consider the sorts of arrangements you want for your children or for your property going forward. An agreement with your spouse can be achieved in a number of ways, including: 1. Negotiation directly with your spouse...

The breakdown of a relationship is a stressful and emotional time as our clients navigate through grief and a transition period in their lives. Unfortunately soon after separation, our clients are often faced with questions such as: Where will my children live? How much time...

Some couples may separate but continue to live under the one roof. Separation can be a very difficult and stressful time and many people find that creating physical distance and starting to live independently will make the separation process easier for everyone involved, particularly if there...

Parenting Orders made in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court place a positive obligation upon the parties to those Orders to take all reasonable steps to put into effect and comply with what the Orders say. A parenting Order may state when...