The Rights of a Child in Family Law Matters

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State parties (ie countries) that have signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child have committed to ensuring and respecting the rights of each child no matter their background or the background of their parent’s. The rights of children apply to all children and apply without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of their face, colour, sex, language, religion, political … Read More

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018

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From 10 September 2019, personal cross-examination have been banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances where allegations of family violence have been raised.  Amendments to the  Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) have been made that provide protection to victims of family violence who are cross-examined as part of family law proceedings. What is Personal Cross Examination? Personal cross-examination is where a … Read More

Family Court Judge Retires

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Retirement of Chief Judge Thackray The Honourable Justice Stephen Thackray, Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia, has announced his retirement from the Family Court of Western Australia and the Family Court of Australia, effective January 2019. He has provided many years of service to the profession and the judiciary, and we send our best wishes for his retirement.

Family Law – What to do If……?

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Not sure of your next move in your family law matter?   What do I do if….? I have received a letter from a lawyer? I have been served court documents? My ex wants to discuss our family law matters?   Received a letter from another lawyer? Receiving a letter from a lawyer, getting court documents or having difficult conversations … Read More

Father’s Rights

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Father’s rights The Family Law Act focuses on parental obligations and children’s rights. When parties are having discussions about parenting arrangements, they are invited to consider what type of arrangements (for example who the child will live with and spend time with) will be in the best interests of the child and takes into account the obligations and responsibilities of a … Read More

International Travel, Passports and Family Law

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International Travel, Passports and Family Law If you do not have orders in place relating to international travel and/or you are concerned about a flight risk issue, that your child may travel internationally and not return, you should seek legal advice.   If you have immediate concerns, you may need to make an application to court for your child to be … Read More

Child custody & Contact & Access

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Child custody & Contact & Access You may have heard people say or ask you: Who has custody of the child? What are the custody arrangements? What access do you have to your child? What are the contact arrangements? Child custody and contact are terms often used to describe care arrangements for children. Although people often use ‘custody’, ‘contact’ and … Read More