September 2020

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 [...]

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 [...]

April 2020

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 [...]

September 2019

So you think the Riviera looks good this time of year?

By | September 30th, 2019|

While that may be true, consent is an important part of our family law system including travelling with children overseas.  The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) is a multinational treaty protecting children from the harmful effects of abduction across international borders.  If [...]

January 2019

When Do The Kids Get To Choose?

By | January 24th, 2019|

There is no straightforward answer to that question. A Judge must consider what is in the best interest of a child.  The wishes of a child are taken into account under our Family Law Act and give effect to international treaty obligations.  Generally, the views of a young child will [...]

September 2018

Moving Overseas With The Kids?

By | September 11th, 2018|

With increasing globalisation and travel the issue of international relocation is a common one. If you are considering moving overseas and this move would limit the time that your child or children spends with their other parent, we urge you to seek specialist family law advice. Before moving overseas, you [...]