Our office will close from 12.30pm on Tuesday 22 December 2020 for the Christmas/New Year holiday period. We will re-open at 9.00 am on Wednesday 13 January 2021. Over this period, if your matter becomes urgent, you may be able to seek assistance from ACT Legal Aid on 1300 654 314 or the Domestic Violence…

Parenting agreements – formal and informal After separation, some parents are able to maintain communication with each other to a level that they are able to agree on a workable arrangement for their children.  Other separated families need some help or guidance on how they can reach an agreement. When parties do reach agreement on…

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,…

UPDATE July 11th We are back in our office and are able to offer face to face appointments or remote appointments by phone or video conferencing as needed by our clients. As we want to keep our staff, clients and the broader community safe in this difficult time, we have decided to work from home…

Joint Practice Direction 1 of 2020 – Core Principles in the Case Management of Family Law Matters The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“the family law Courts”) have recently released a Joint Practice Direction which applies to all family law applications filed with the Courts. The Joint Practice Directions…

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 away from the traditional views of parenting. It is also influenced…

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