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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Children’s wishes in family law proceedings - relevant but not determinative

    10 April 2017 | Family Law

    The High Court of Australia has recently reiterated that children’s wishes are relevant, but not determinative, in parenting proceedings arising under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act). The case of Boldemonte v Boldemonte delivered on 1 March...

  6. Family law issues facing schools

    23 November 2016 | Family Law

    Schools often find themselves caught in the cross-fire between warring parents in conflict with one another with respect to their school-aged children. Common queries we receive from parents and/or schools are as follows: What is the typical process in...

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