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Australian and American family law terminology

Australian vs American Family Law terminology

Due to the overwhelming proportion of American based media consumption in Australia, it is inevitable that Australians will incidentally use American terminology, language and...

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How does a father get his name on the child's birth certificate?

How can I get my name on my child’s birth certificate?

To get your name onto a child's birth certificate you need to attend Births, Deaths and Marriages and obtain the paperwork required to add yourself as the father on the child's...

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Risks of informal childrens arrangements in Family Law

The risks of informal children’s arrangements in Family Law

Brax and Ricki have one child together, a son named Casey. When Casey was approximately one year old, Casey’s parents decided to separate. The separation between the parents was...

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supervised time with my child

What does supervised time with my child mean?

In some Family Law cases there may be a good reason for parties themselves to agree that it is in a child's best interests to spend time with a parent under supervision rather...

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60 Minutes bungled child recovery Lebanon

60 Minutes bungled child recovery operation

You would have to be hiding under a rock not to have heard about the bungled “child recovery” operation involving the 60 Minutes crew in Lebanon. The 60 Minutes team and Ms...

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Family Law and Childrens contact centres

The benefits of using a Children’s Contact Centre

In family law cases involving children’s issues there is commonly a concern by one parent about the other parent having access to the children. When such concerns appear to be...

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Family Law and care of disabled children

Does having the care of a disabled child over 18 impact on property settlement?

Adult Child Maintenance is where one parent has to pay the other parent or directly to the child an agreed or ordered sum to contribute to the adult child’s welfare and care. ...

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Fathers spending time with children in family law

Does the mother get "care of children" preference in Family Law?

The Family Law Act 1975 (the “Act”) was not designed to promote the role of the mother over the role of the father. The primary consideration under this Act when looking at the...

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What's it like inside the Federal Circuit Court

An insider’s view to the Federal Circuit Court

As a family lawyer, the courtroom to me is a very familiar place. For my clientele however, the courtroom is often an unfamiliar place, marred by images of shouting, fighting and...

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