Breaching Parenting Orders: Understanding The Consequences

July 30, 2019

When a parenting order is made by the Family Court it expects that each person affected by the order to follow those arrangements stipulated in the legal document. Everyone involved must abide and do everything a parenting order says. This means taking all reasonable steps to follow the order. It is against the law to […]

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Step-Parents’ Rights And Responsibilities

July 24, 2019

Step-Parent Defined A step parent is defined in section 4(1) of the Family Law Act 1975 as a person who: is not a parent of the child; is or has been married to or a de facto partner of a parent of the child; and treats, or at any time while married to, or a de facto […]

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Understanding Australia’s No-Fault Divorce

July 16, 2019

No-fault divorce has been established in Australia since 1975 when the Whitlam Government introduced the Family Law Act 1975. However, to this day there are still several misconceptions when it comes to divorce in Australia. The most common misconception is that if it is one spouse’s ‘fault’ that the marriage has broken down then the […]

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A Guide To Parental Responsibility

July 9, 2019

Parental Responsibility Parental responsibility is the authority to make decisions concerning and affecting the care, welfare and proper development of a child. Both parents have full parental responsibility for their children up until the age of 18. Parental responsibility is not affected by a change in the family structure. This means that parents’ are responsible […]

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Matrimonial Asset Pool: How is it valued and divided?

July 2, 2019

If you have recently separated from your spouse or de facto partner it is advised that you seek to finalise your property settlement sooner rather than later. This will help you avoid post separation asset or debt accumulation being factored into your property settlement. The first step in a property settlement is to compile an accurate […]

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Divorce Timeline In Australia

June 25, 2019

  STAGE 1: DATE OF SEPARATION The day either or both parties expresses their intention to end the relationship. This is the first practical step after a break up, where one or both parties move out of the home, or otherwise begin living separate lives under the same roof. STAGE 2: ORGANISE PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS Develop […]

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When Can I Remarry After Divorce?

June 19, 2019

You can remarry after divorce as long as your divorce order has taken effect. This is usually one month and one day after your divorce is granted by the Court. You will need to supply your marriage celebrant with a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the wedding date, so it is […]

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Can I Get My Marriage Annulled?

June 12, 2019

What Is An Annulment Of Marriage? In Australia an annulment of marriage is legally referred to as a ‘decree of nullity of marriage’, which is governed by the Family Law Act. A decree of nullity is a finding that there was no legal marriage between the parties, even though a marriage ceremony may have taken […]

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Do You Need A Parenting Plan?

June 5, 2019

What Is A Parenting Plan A Parenting Plan is an informal written agreement between separated parents on their children’s care, welfare and development. Parents are able to make their own decisions of what will be included in the Parenting Plan that suit their circumstances. The aim of the Parenting Plan is to agree on how […]

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Marriage, Divorce and Wills: What You Need To Know

May 29, 2019

Life changes and with it so must your Will. Worryingly, a lot of people are unaware of the effect marriage, entering into a de facto relationship, divorce or separation can have on their Will. What is a Will A Will is a legal document that says how your estate will be distributed after you die. […]

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