Sarah Goldfinch

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...