Family Law

5 Myths About “Custody” of Children

  1. It's not called "Custody" There have been a series of changes to the law since the mid-1990s which have led to the modern emphasis being on a child's right to have a meaningful relationship with both their parents. There is no longer an emphasis on the old...

The first essential steps to separation

When a relationship ends, it is important to be smart about how and when financial connections are severed. Although every family’s financial circumstances are unique, you should consider whether anything on the following checklist is relevant and requires action....

Parenting laws in same-sex relationships

In 2008, the law was changed to give people in same-sex relationships the same rights and responsibilities as people in heterosexual relationships. The Family Court has greater powers, including recognising parents of children born through artificial conception...

How long before a relationship is de facto?

Since 1 March 2009 de facto couples across Australia have had substantially the same rights and liabilities as married couples in relation to financial and property settlements. Once a relationship becomes a de facto relationship, a Federal Court has the power to...

How do I apply for divorce in Australia?

An “Order for Divorce” is a document obtained from the Court that legally terminates a marriage. Obtaining one is the only way to conclude a marriage. The process of applying for an Order for Divorce (done in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) is not common...