We are honoured to again be listed in the Doyles Guide, 4 years running, as being identified by our peers in the following categories: a Leading Family and Divorce Law Firm in Canberra; Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer and Recommended Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matters Lawyer. This year we are also honoured to have our…

Joint Practice Direction 3: The COVID-19 List The Federal Circuit Court and Family Court have recently announced the introduction of the COVID-19 Lists. The lists commenced on 29 April 2020 and aim to deal with urgent applications for matters that have been directly caused by COVID-19. Criteria for the COVID-19 Lists An application must satisfy…

Family Law Basics – Parenting Proceedings and a Child’s Best Interests The law’s approach to parenting matters significantly changed from 2006 with the commencement of the Family Law (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 prompting amendments to the parenting provisions (Part VII) of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”). These amendmentsrepresented a generational change moving…

A Short Course in De Facto Relationships It’s becoming more and more common for Australian couples to move in with a partner before marrying. In 2016 the Australian Census reported that 1 in 6 Australians were in a de-facto relationship. However, in 2014 the Social Services Minister claimed that de facto relationships are less stable…

Care for Children Under 4 When it comes to family law, there is no “one size fits all” parenting plan. Most separated parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children.  However, research has shown that it is important to consider the age and developmental needs of children when considering time arrangements,…

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