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2017 Budget and the Family Law System

On 9 May 2017, the Federal Government announced the 2017 budget. The Government announced $80 million in funding to family law and family violence services. The budget included provision for: $12.7 million to establish Parent Management Hearings; $10.7 million for additional family consultants; $3.4...

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Introducing our International Family Law Specialist Group

Nicholes Family Lawyers are proud to announce the launch of the first International Family Law Specialist Group Newsletter ahead of the 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights held in Dublin, Ireland from 4-7 June 2017. The World Congress will be attended by members of NFL’s Inter...

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Teenager’s Views Not Always Decisive

In the recent High Court decision of Bondelmonte v Bondelmonte [2017] HCA 8 the issue of the weight to be given to children’s views as to their living arrangements was considered in circumstances where the father had removed the children to New York. The parents had separated in 2010 and at the ti...

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Location Orders

If a parent has removed a child from the child’s last known address, and the child is unable to be found by the other parent, a Registrar of the Court has the power to make a Location Order. Such an order compels a third party, usually the Australian Federal Police or Centrelink, to provide to [&h...

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Enforcement of Court Orders

What happens where you are found to have contravened Court Orders without a “reasonable excuse”? It is an all too common occurrence where one person may breach a Court Order by not making the children available to spend time with the other parent. Whilst we use this example, breaching Court Orde...

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De Facto or not De Facto – that is the question?

A recent decision by Judge Hughes in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has given further insight into what does and does not qualify as a de facto relationship under Australian law. Under the Family Law Act a person is in a de facto relationship with another if the couple are in a relationship ...

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International Child Abduction and Family Law

Australia’s multicultural diversity within an ever increasing global community means that it is not uncommon for one or more parents of a child to have connections to another country other than Australia. The issue of international child abduction by a parent has recently received much media atten...

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Grounds for expediting an Appeal

The Full Court of the Family Court of Australia recently heard an application to expedite an appeal in the matter of Nimmo & Bush [2016] FamCAFC 274. In November 2016, the father of a 4 year old child filed a Notice of Appeal against Orders made by Judge Street. The father’s 24 grounds of appe...

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