By Jessica Coles-Black Ordinarily, in a property settlement, superannuation is considered separate to parties’ non-superannuation property. This means that the percentage division applied to the parties’ non-superannuation property pool does not necessarily equate to...read more
Deciding to leave a violent and abusive relationship is often a difficult and complex process. Once that decision has been made, how do you do it? What are the risks involved for your children and your family pets? It has been reported that about 60% of family...read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled as many things by many people, but can be it described as an ‘exceptional circumstance’ required to set aside your Binding Child Support Agreement? The recent Family Court case of Martyn found that yes, the COVID-19 pandemic...read more
Are you a hopeful parent intending to use a sperm donor to have a child? Or are you a sperm donor intending to assist another in starting or growing their family? If you or someone you know is considering or has already used a sperm donor to conceive a child, it is...read more
Digital domestic abuse is a growing and dangerous form of family violence that transcends geography and traditional definitions of domestic violence. Technology facilitates perpetrators’ ability to pervasively control and coerce victims. Like all forms of domestic...read more
I am implicated in an inter-country family law litigation – how does this affect my property settlement?
As globalisation has made the world more interconnected, it is more common for couples to be married to an overseas resident or own property in several countries. This can convolute divorce settlements as family law legislation from other countries can stipulate...read more
The 2019 Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill is intended to combine the two family courts into the singular Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The bill passed in the Senate during February following support from key crossbencher, Rex...read more
Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse that involves a behavioural pattern of acts such as manipulation, gaslighting, humiliation, intimidation, and threats that erode your esteem and independence. Examples of coercive and controlling behavioural patterns...read more
The Federal Circuit Court was established in 2001 by the Howard Government. It created a second judicial body that would operate in tandem with the Family Court of Australia. The purpose of this court was to enable litigants to access justice in a faster and in a more...read more
Removal of the presumption of Equal Shared Parental Responsibility: A step towards a safer Family Law System?
We have previously examined the presumption of ‘equal shared parental responsibility’ in the horrific case of the Edwards family in our blog, The Presumption of Equal Shared Parental Responsibility: The Horrific Case of Olga Edwardson 18 September 2020. We looked at...read more