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Parenting Arrangements

Parenting Orders and Contravention in Times of Coronavirus

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 24/04/2020

  60–Second Summary The challenges faced by the Community amid COVID-19 are many, and often unforeseen as country after country imposes “lockdown” measures which increasingly restrict daily life – socially, economically, spiritually and physically. But in the family law sphere, separated parents are encountering a new range of challenges following government directions for people to … Continue reading “Parenting Orders and Contravention in Times of Coronavirus”


Sperm Donor Laws – Who are the legal parents?

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 23/04/2020

  60–Second Summary In our day and age, it is not uncommon for individuals to want to become a parent despite not being in a committed relationship (or if in a committed relationship and unable to conceive). Becoming a parent can be achieved via artificial insemination, or by engaging a “sperm donor”. This donor might … Continue reading “Sperm Donor Laws – Who are the legal parents?”



Parenting Orders for Grandparents

Doris Matias
Senior Associate

Last Updated on 23/04/2020

  60-Second Summary Grandparents may not always be aware that they can apply to the Family Court for Orders that their grandchildren live with or spend time with them. It does not matter if the parents of the children are together or separated – the legislation permits such an Application. In fact, grandparents are specifically … Continue reading “Parenting Orders for Grandparents”


FVRO’s (Family Violence Restraining Orders) vs Protective Orders

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 28/11/2019

  60–Second Summary The end of a relationship often presents separating spouses and their children with emotional upheaval, as well as various financial and practical difficulties. This is made more complex and emotionally disturbing when there are issues of family violence. In urgent cases of family violence, it is appropriate that an application be made … Continue reading “FVRO’s (Family Violence Restraining Orders) vs Protective Orders”


Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 28/11/2019

  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 28/11/2019

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 28/11/2019

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 28/11/2019

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?”