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Family Law Publications

Resolving children’s arrangements after separation

Separated parents are often unsure or unable to communicate with the other parent in relation to an agreement on what time the children will spend with each parent. The first step for separated parents is to attend mediation through organisations such as Relationships...

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International Issues in Family Law

With more and more Australians living and/or working abroad and in a relationship with nationals from other countries it is important to understand when it is appropriate to obtain Family Law Orders in Australia.  For example: What happens if you own property overseas...

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How do I get Divorced?

Does it matter who is to blame for the end of the relationship or where we were married? Is an application for Divorce Orders a separate issue to parenting matters, property settlement and maintenance issues? You may apply for Divorce in Australia even if you were...

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Are you in a defacto relationship?

A defacto relationship according to the Family Law Act is a relationship with another person who you are not legally married to, who you are not related to by family and that you are in a relationship with, as a couple, living together on a genuine domestic basis. How...

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Are you entitled to spousal maintenance?

Could you be entitled to maintenance for yourself and not just for your children? Spousal Maintenance is the provision of ongoing financial support for a husband or wife. It is separate from child support. Under the Family Law Act, both parties to a marriage or...

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Separating from your spouse… who will get the kids?

A common concern for a parent experiencing a relationship breakdown is how to sort out arrangements for their children. Once an agreement has been reached between separating parents, these arrangements can be drawn up as Parenting Orders or a Parenting Plan. However,...

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Child Support Reform

The Australian Child Support Scheme has undergone major reform and has been introduced in three stages. The reform is in response to the report of the Ministerial Task Force on Child Support released in June 2005, "In the Best Interests of Children – Reforming The...

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