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Children’s surnames in family law disputes

The issue of what surname a child should be known as is often required to be considered in the Family Law Courts. Deborah Awyzio elaborates in this LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/childrens-surnames-family-law-disputes-deborah-awyzio/


Sperm donation – are you a parent?

The legal ambit of the case was about constitutional law and about how State and Federal legislation operates. Essentially Victorian legislation provides that there is an irrebuttable presumption that if...


New protection at court for domestic violence victims

From 10 September 2019, new arrangements begin about the cross-examination of victims of domestic violence in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts of Australia. This is relevant for parties...


Family loans

As a family lawyer we often have clients who are trying to finalise property settlement with their former partner and have difficulty providing evidence about money that has been advanced...


Litigation Strategy

When it is necessary for a matter to proceed to litigation for determination, strategy and planning are two of the most important factors which can impact on the ultimate result....


High legal costs result in referral to Legal Services Commission

A recent decision made by Justice Benjamin at first instance in the Family Court of Australia in the case of Simic & Norton highlights the obligations of legal representatives in family law proceedings. This...


Indemnity costs in the Family Law Courts

Indemnity cost orders are rare in the Family Law jurisdiction. A recent case SCVG & KLD and Anor is a Full Court decision which upheld an indemnity costs order made...


Costs of appealing

There are many costs involved in running an appeal in the Family Court. Legal fees if you choose to be legally represented and the cost of obtaining a transcript. In...


Long term supervision parenting orders

In a recent appeal about a long term supervision order about the time that three children spent with their father, Bertros & Bertros the Full Court of the Family Court...