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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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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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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Recovery Orders in Family Law

Where one parent unilaterally relocates after separation where there is no agreement from the other parent that they be permitted to relocate with the children either intrastate or interstate, this may give rise to a recovery order under Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975 (“The Act”). Pursuant ...

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Step-Parent Adoption- A happy ending

On Friday 16 September 2016, our client was successful in adopting his step-daughter in the County Court of Victoria. A ceremony was held at the County Court with the Judge and our client’s family members present. The child was also present and was given a teddy bear to celebrate the adoption. Ste...

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Children’s Views in Abduction Cases

The Full Court of the Family Court of Australia decision of Colak & Viduka [2016] FamCAFC 79 reviewed the issues relating to not returning a child to their overseas home following parental abduction where the child expresses a view against returning. The family had lived in Croatia since 2006 wh...

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