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The Court determines what is in a child’s best interest by considering the matters set out in Section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975. Under this section the Court is required to consider any views expressed by the child and the weight it should...

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...