April 2020

Court During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | April 29th, 2020|

Institutions across the world have digitally adapted to accommodate the need for spatial restrictions and reduce contamination risk for Court users. Have there been teething problems?  Sure, but the Courts are now functioning with great efficiency and effectiveness.  This has taken a lot of cooperation and goodwill from the legal [...]

The New Normal

By | April 17th, 2020|

While it might seem we are living in a dystopian movie involving biohazards, quarantines and social disruption, some basics remain.  The interests of children need to remain the focus of parents. The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia has released a Top 10 Guide for Separated Parents [...]

Arbitration in Property Settlement Applications

By | April 16th, 2020|

Before COVID-19 brought the world to a virtual stand-still, property settlement applications would generally pass through the Courts in a period of 18 months to three years.  If your matter was urgent, then interim hearings could be dealt with expeditiously. However, given the decreased capacity of the Court to hear [...]

Family law litigation in the midst of a pandemic

By | April 15th, 2020|

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have released a joint practice direction setting out new procedures to ensure that social distancing directives are adhered to, and to ensure the safety of all parties involved in matters before the Court. These are as follows: All [...]

Supervised Time in a Pandemic

By | April 8th, 2020|

The Government's spatial distancing and other restrictions as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic have played havoc with contact arrangements for many families. Supervision providers are pivoting quickly to assist parties.  We received only this morning some information from Holding Hands Family Services about their new Online Contact Visit system [...]

The Perfect Storm

By | April 6th, 2020|

Locked at home – 3 meals a day – haven’t been to work in 2 weeks – you need a break from the children, hell you even need a break from your partner! For many Australian couples this is an unprecedented perfect storm of social and financial strain on their [...]

Effects of COVID-19 on Family Violence

By | April 6th, 2020|

As I sit at home writing this blog at 10.30am Monday 6 April, Australian Police have already dealt with 315 domestic violence matters. It is only 10:30. It is clear that new social distancing measures have placed unprecedented restrictions on all members of the public. These measures are designed for [...]

March 2020

COVID-19 and Dividing the Kleenex

By | March 26th, 2020|

We are currently facing a lot of challenges, who knew one of them would be battling the magpies down at the local Woollies! Toilet paper jokes aside if you and your partner are engaged in negotiations to separate your property, serious issues have arisen that must be taken into account [...]

Property settlement in a pandemic

By | March 25th, 2020|

Property prices – dropping. Superannuation entitlements – halved. Share portfolios - free fall. 80/20, 60/30, 50/50 - parties throw around percentages but the question now more than ever is OF WHAT? Simply put, no sensible settlement negotiations can occur without a settled balance sheet - in the current economic climate [...]

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