Family Law Courts

A new beginning for the Family Law system

On 1 September 2021, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will be amalgamated into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (‘FCFCOA’). This new Court will consist of two divisions – Division 1 will deal with family law matters, while Division 2 will …

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Family Law Courts

Family Law System-The Reality

Over 7000 family law cases have been in the system for more than 18 months to two years around the country. On the direction of the Chief Justice, hundreds of cases were mentioned in the Brisbane Federal Circuit Court over two weeks in August 2021 to give litigants a final …

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How to apply for divorce: Procedure

How to Apply for Divorce: A Procedural Guide

A procedural guide on how to apply for divorce. It is important to note the difference between the various applications that can be made in family law. A common statement family lawyers hear is, “I want a divorce”. While that sentence’s meaning might be clear to a layperson, this can …

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Time contraints and limits in family law

Important Time Limits In Family Law Matters

There are important time limits in Family Law matters that are crucial, and parties need to be aware of and not lose sight of once they separate.  Divorce  If parties are married, they must wait for a period of 12 months from the date of separation before they can apply to the Court for …

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What is Property Settlement Mediation.

What is Property Settlement Mediation?

Here is how Property Settlement Mediation is done. There are many alternatives to resolving property settlement disputes in Family Law, commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution. These include mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Mediation is by far the most common ADR method which parties to a family law property matter …

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Children order and how can you change name of a child after marriage

Changing Child’s Name After Separation

Following separation or divorce, it is not uncommon for a parent to want to change their child’s surname. A parent may want to change their child’s name after separation or divorce for a number of reasons, for instance: So that a child feels better associated sharing the same surname as …

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Myths about separation and divorce

Five Myths of Divorce and Separation.

We often hear that individuals know what to expect because a friend, a colleague or a family member went through a separation. More often than not, the advice they have been given is incorrect or misleading. Here, the major focus is on five myths of divorce and separation. Every family …

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Property settlement in Divorce and family law.

Hiding Assets in Family Law Disputes

You may have heard someone say the line before, or maybe you have even thought to yourself – “I’ll just sell the ‘asset’ to my brother/mother/mate for a dollar”. This is quite possibly one of the most dangerous attitudes a party can have in a property settlement dispute and one …

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Property settlement and divorce

What is a property settlement and can you get it done before your divorce?

If you are separated and heading for divorce, consider finalising your property settlement as soon as possible to secure the best outcome for your future. What is property? Property refers to all your assets, financial resources, superannuation and liabilities. The Family Law Act defines property as being the ‘net asset …

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