Parenting Arrangements

Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/08/2019

  60–Second Summary The appointment of a Single Expert Witness (“Expert”) may become necessary in parenting proceedings in the Family Court where a professional opinion would assist the Court in reaching a decision. Issues requiring input from an Expert might include: Where and with whom the children ought to live How much time the children … Continue reading “Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings”


Child Support Arrangements & Agreements

Rachael King
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 08/08/2019

What is Child Support and what does it cover? All parents have a responsibility to adequately and properly financially support their child/ren until they attain the age of 18 years. Both the Family Court and government agencies consider such expenses to include housing, food, clothing and costs related to their child/ren’s education. These are the … Continue reading “Child Support Arrangements & Agreements”


Parenting Plans vs Consent Orders: What’s the difference?

Caley Kim
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 23/07/2019

What is a parenting plan? A Parenting Plan is a written agreement which covers parenting arrangements for children but is not formally approved by the Court. It is a more informal way of having arrangements in place for your children than Consent Orders, as the parties do not have to make a formal application to … Continue reading “Parenting Plans vs Consent Orders: What’s the difference?”


Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Family Lawyers are often asked by parents (usually, the primary caregiver for a child) about their ability to change their child’s surname, after separation or divorce.  That parent might have reverted to using their maiden name, or might ultimately be re-marrying a new partner with an entirely different surname. Occasionally, there may be several children … Continue reading “Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?”


School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

So you have just been served with an Application for Parenting Orders by the children’s father. Since separation over three years ago, the children have lived exclusively with you, and Dad has been largely absent from their lives. For the past three years, Dad has lived in Sydney, and apart from his child support and … Continue reading “School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 4

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

This is my four-part blog on surrogacy in Western Australia. So far in this series, we have looked at the definition of a surrogacy arrangement, how to make such an arrangement in Western Australia, and how to become the parent of your surrogate child. In this final part, I answer the question: “are all surrogacy … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 4”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 3

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

This is my four-part blog on surrogacy in Western Australia. In my last two articles, I answered the questions “what is surrogacy?” (Part 1), and “how do I make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia?” (Part 2) . In this article (Part 3) I answer the question: “How do I become the parent of my … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 3”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 2

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

This is my four-part blog on surrogacy in Western Australia. In my last article (Part 1) I answered the question: “what is surrogacy?” In this article (Part 2) I discuss how to make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia. Part 2 – How to make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia? Firstly, the surrogacy arrangement … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 2”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 1

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

In this four-part blog, I answer the four most commonly asked questions about surrogacy law in Western Australia: Part 1 – What is surrogacy? Part 2 – How do I make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia? Part 3 – How do I become the legal parent of my surrogate child? Part 4 – Are … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 1”


Does watching porn make you a bad parent?

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

Case in point: Loffler-Wingrove and Wingrove [2015] FCWA 55 The parents in this case applied for parenting orders in circumstances where, since separating in 2011, they had shared care of the children on a day-about basis. At Trial, the Mother raised concerns about the Father watching porn, and using cannabis. The matter was heard by Walters J. … Continue reading “Does watching porn make you a bad parent?”