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Family Law

Family Law April 1, 2011

Children – Who decides which school?

If you are unable to reach an agreement through mediation or conciliation on the school which your child will attend than you may be in the position of needing to make an application to the Family Court for an order specifying the school the child is to attend. The Full Court of the Family Court […]

Family Law April 1, 2011

New Surrogacy Act 2010 commences: 1 March 2011

As of 1 March 2011, it is an offence in NSW to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements. The Surrogacy Act 2010 came into effect on the 1st March this year, making it illegal to begin commercial surrogacy arrangements after that date, however, regulations to be made under the Act do make provision for those who […]

Family Law Property Law March 1, 2011

Property Settlements and bankruptcy

If you are involved in family law property proceedings and the other party to the marriage or de facto relationship goes bankrupt it will affect the way in which the Family Court is able to deal with the proceedings. When a person is bankrupt all their property, including personal property and real property, becomes vested […]

Family Law February 1, 2011

Grandparent rights under the Family Law Act

In 2006 a grandparents right to contact with their grandchildren was finally recognised in the Family Law Act. Before this the word “grandparent” was not mentioned in the Act in relation to any rights to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren on the breakdown of a marriage. The changes were introduced to address the common […]

Family Law January 1, 2011

Separated but united in parenting

Separation is a difficult time for any family, especially when there are children involved. There are options when deciding the issues concerning children, whether the parents are co-operating without going to court or using enforceable arrangements. The non-court option Parents who agree about the arrangements for their children have the following options available: Informal agreements […]

Family Law November 1, 2010

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is the responsibility of one party to a marriage to financially support the other person after separation or divorce. Spousal maintenance is not automatic. After separation or divorce, there is no automatic entitlement to receive spousal maintenance from your former partner. In most case, maintenance is only payable where one partner cannot reasonably […]