The existence of the blended family is becoming more and more common in today’s society. According to a study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2007, one in ten families contain stepchildren. The more common the blended family becomes in society, the more society recognises the importance of the role that step-parents play…

Parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children.  Between 1 July and 30 December 2018, 1,067 individuals have were banned from international travel for failing to meet their child support obligations. That period has seen $15 million in debt recovery, compared to the total of $17.5 million recovered in the 2017-18 financial year….

After separation, it is not as easy as saying goodbye to your ex-partner and moving on to never see them again. Where there are children of the relationship, your life may suddenly seem confined to a certain area. Suddenly, you have to consider your life, including support systems, job prospects and raising children, in a…

There’s a saying in family law – there’s not two, but three certainties in life: divorce, death and taxes. A recent High Court decision however has shed some doubt on the latter when the former is involved (so far as tax responsibility goes). A woman has successfully substituted her bankrupt ex-husband to be liable for…

On 10 December 2018 the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018 received Royal Assent. It inserts a new section in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – section  102NA which bans personal cross-examination in family law proceedings that involve allegations of family violence. Instead, the court will require the cross-examination…

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