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ALRC Report: Family Law for the Future

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released its report ‘Family Law for the Future – An Inquiry into the Family Law System’. The inquiry commenced in 2017 with the objective of recommending reform needed to ensure Australia’s family law system meets the needs of contemporary families an...

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Tasmania Passes Marriage Amendment Bill

On 10 April 2019, Tasmania passed the Marriage Amendment Bill to make gender optional on birth certificates, making Tasmania the first Australian jurisdiction to have done so. The amended legislation removes the requirement for transgender people to have surgery in order to have their gender recogni...

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RECENT CASE: Brune & Cline [2018] FCWA 209

The Family Court of Western Australia recently handed down a decision regarding the validity of a marriage between two parties following the discovery that their Pastor’s license was invalid. The parties, who were married in 2017 were informed in the weeks leading to the ceremony that their Pastor...

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The 2019-20 Federal Budget and Family Legal Matters

The Federal Government has announced that it will increase legal assistance funding by under $20 million in the 2019-20 budget. This meets only 6% of the Law Council of Australia’s recommended additional $310 million per year to provide Australians at risk with adequate legal assistance. The Law C...

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RECENT CASE: Lysons & Lysons and Anor [2019] FamCAFC 29

In a recent Full Court decision, the Family Court found that the primary judge had not erred in refusing a Mother’s application to change her child’s name. The child, X, was born in 2016 to parents who commenced their relationship in 2014. Upon separation, the child’s mother indicated that she...

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Access to Justice and the Online World

On Thursday 21 March 2019 Nicholes Family Lawyers, in conjunction with Victoria Women Lawyers hosted a seminar discussing the impact of online world on ‘justice’. The seminar explored the various ways in which the emergence of technology and the online world has impacted on individuals’ abilit...

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