What is it? The Family Court of Australia has provided the following definitions: 1. Spouse maintenance is financial support paid by a party to a marriage to their former husband or wife in circumstances where they are unable to adequately support themselves. 2. De facto partner maintenance is financial support paid by a party to […]

Same Sex Relationships and Parenting

The initial presumption under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (‘The Act’) is that a child’s two legal parents are the woman who bears the child (the birth mother), and the male partner of the birth mother (the birth father) if there is one. These are generally the people who are recorded on the child’s […]

International Child Abduction

By Stephen Thomas, Solicitor LLB, GradDipLegPrac Introduction: International Child Abduction has been brought to the forefront by the recent imprisonment of a 60 Minutes television crew in Lebanon. The crew and the mother of the children involved have obviously reacted to the issue in an illegal way, have been caught by the Lebanese authorities and […]

The Effect of Family Law Proceedings on Children

For this blog post, I thought I’d talk a little bit about the effect of Family Law proceedings on children, and how parents can help their own children through the tough time of separation. Separation and divorce does not mean the end of your involvement or responsibility as a parent, no matter how often or […]