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  1. Vaccinate or litigate? The role of family law when parents can’t agree

    13 October 2021 | Family Law

    With attention now turning to whether and when children should be vaccinated against COVID-19, a recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia provides a timely reminder that where parents are unable to agree about vaccination, the court will...

  2. International child abduction – COVID-19 is not a ‘shield’ to avoid return

    15 September 2021 | Family Law

    A recent decision of the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia sends a clear message to parents that they cannot use the risks associated with COVID-19 as a shield to justify wrongfully retaining a child outside their usual place of residence. In...

  3. Co-parenting after separation – achieving better outcomes for the children

    30 June 2021 | Family Law

    If you have separated or are thinking about separating from your partner, it is easy to lose sight of what is important and get distracted by the many issues you will be facing, particularly when it comes to parenting. BN’s Melanie Rubin and Bryan Do provide some guidance about things you can do...

  4. Setting aside Binding Child Support Agreements – COVID-19, the unprecedented and ‘exceptional’ circumstance

    6 August 2020 | Family Law

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had various and far reaching consequences. The global impact cannot be understated and the law has been no exception. A recent decision of the Family Court of Australia identifies one such impact to binding child support...

  5. Who is a parent?

    5 August 2019 | Family Law

    Scientific advancements in assisted reproduction, increased availability of donor material and growing cultural acceptance of surrogacy and artificial conception means that the definition of family, or who is a parent, is evolving very rapidly, but has...

  6. Out of the mouths of babes: information gathered from children in family law proceedings

    29 August 2018 | Family Law

    Children as reporters of fact pose a difficult problem for the legal system, as the system is fundamentally designed to test the evidence of adults. This article examines the available methods of providing the court with information from children in...

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