Following separation or divorce, it is not uncommon for a parent to change the surname of a child to recognise their surname in the child’s name. Whilst it is common for parties to change their surname following a separation and this can be done relatively quickly and easily, changing the surname of … Read more about Can I change my child’s surname after separation/divorce?
With Australia’s international borders now open and less restrictions on international travel following the pandemic lockdowns, we are seeing the return of more clients seeking urgent applications for their children to be added to the Family Law Watchlist (“Watchlist”). In this blog, we explore the … Read more about How to put a child on the Family Law Watchlist (formerly the airport watch list)
Child handover for parents and children can be complicated, difficult and a source of anxiety for all involved. When parents are co-parenting after separation, it is important for children, that handover is simple, cordial and provides children with the least likely feeling of being tugged between … Read more about Child handover arrangements when co-parenting
Whilst it is important to consider how the Court determines property settlement, there are other practical considerations to turn your mind to when separating from your partner, to ensure all financial ties are severed and property settlement finalised. One of those ‘other considerations’ includes … Read more about How does the first home owner’s grant affect my property settlement?
Following separation, one of the first issues people turn their mind to is what, if any, financial support they may be entitled to from their former partner. Child support and spousal maintenance can provide financial support to a spouse who may not have sufficient income to support themselves and … Read more about Difference between child support and spousal maintenance
Throughout the pandemic, the Court has continuously adjusted and now, more and more Court hearings are being heard via video (including the use of Microsoft Teams) or by telephone. Commencing 28 February 2022, all hearings in Western Australia will be conducted by telephone or Microsoft Teams. It … Read more about Preparing for your Family Court hearing by telephone or video-conference
In parenting matters before the Family Court system, there are often allegations of risk, including drug use of a parent or carer of a child. Drug use, including illicit substance abuse, can indicate a lack of parental capacity and risk of harm or actual harm to others, including children. First … Read more about Drug testing and parenting matters
Unfortunately, this is a question we commonly get asked during the holiday period, when one parent, after spending time with the children, unilaterally fails to return the children to the other parent. In this article, we explore options to apply for a recovery order. If you experience such a … Read more about What can I do if my former partner does not return the children to me?