September 2020

The Importance of Independent Children’s Lawyers

By | September 23rd, 2020|

Powers vested in the Family Law Act provide that in certain circumstances a Court can appoint a lawyer to represent a child’s interests. An Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) is typically appointed in matters whereby some of the following factors exist; Allegations of abuse or neglect in relation to the child [...]

A Christmas Checklist – Amended for 2020!

By | September 17th, 2020|

It is said Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and, at Tiyce & Lawyers, we truly believe that. We also know it takes planning.  Many of you, like our principal, Michael Tiyce, will have your Christmas menus and decorations planned 18 months in advance (it is true, [...]

Christmas is just around the corner!

By | September 10th, 2020|

We plan for birthdays, holidays, weddings, so why not Christmas?  If you are a separated parent, you need to consider what is to occur with parenting arrangements for the children over Christmas.  This year that will mean the impact that COVID restrictions could have on your plans. Your planning should [...]

Insta-Famous Pets

By | September 3rd, 2020|

There is a matter before the NSW District Court where three parties are contesting who will keep “custody” of a celebrity cavoodle who has a large fan base on Instagram. By arguing in contract, they dodge jurisdiction of the Family Court. It is alleged the cavoodle’s value is in excess [...]

August 2020

Child Support – Getting it right

By | August 25th, 2020|

There are really only two decisions when it comes to the issue of child support.  Do you go with the child support assessment issued by the government or enter into a child support agreement?  An application for an assessment can be made via the Department of Human Services (usually but [...]

No Money in the Kitty – Family Law Proceedings and Bankruptcy

By | August 3rd, 2020|

A person can be declared bankrupt either by a creditor making an application to the court which results in the person becoming bankrupt, or the person themselves can file a ‘debtor’s petition’ declaring themselves bankrupt. A bankruptcy trustee is immediately appointed to take control of the bankrupt’s assets and income [...]

July 2020

Who do the kids live with?

By | July 3rd, 2020|

Going through a separation can be an emotional rollercoaster.  Do I need to find a new house?  How will I be able to afford this?  Who will the kids live with? Of course you can talk about these things with your former partner and many couples resolve these questions between [...]

June 2020

Your kids see everything

By | June 19th, 2020|

Family violence involves more than hitting.  The Family Law Act has a much broader definition of family violence, including what is called coercive and controlling behaviour.  The impact of this conduct on parents who survive it and their children cannot be underestimated. A punch might lead to the arrest of [...]

May 2020

Litigation in a pandemic

By | May 20th, 2020|

If you’re isolating at home exposed to ongoing disputes, there is now an avenue out. The Family Courts have established a court list dedicated to urgent family law disputes that have arisen as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The list commenced on 29 April 2020 and is already [...]

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