Secret recordings deemed admissible by the Court

In the recent matter of Jasper & Corrigan (No. 2) [2017] FCCA 1467 Judge Altobelli was asked to determine the admissibility of conversations secretly recorded by the mother without the knowledge of the father. The substantive issue before the Court in this matter was the existence of a de facto ...

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Family Reports in Parenting Matters

When parenting matters are in dispute in Court proceedings an Order will often be made for the parties and children to attend upon an experienced psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker for the purpose of obtaining a family report. The purpose of a family report is to provide an independent asse...

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Colombia Legalises Polygamous Unions

Three men have gained legal recognition for their relationship in Colombia. The three men, known as a throuple, rather than a couple, signed legal documents with their solicitor to formally recognise their relationship. The formal recognition of their union will entitle each man to inheritance right...

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Who stays? Sole Use and Occupation Order

When people separate, one party often agrees to leave the family home however, this is not always the case. In some circumstances an issue can arise as to who will remain in the family home pending a final resolution of property matters. One option available to parties in this situation is to apply ...

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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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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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