International child abduction – COVID-19 is not a ‘shield’ to avoid return15 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...
Clayton v Bant – An Update3 December 2020 | Family Law
On 2 December 2020, the High Court of Australia (the High Court) delivered its judgment in the matter of Clayton v Bant.1 The High Court’s decision discusses the complexities that can arise in cross-jurisdictional family law matters. It also serves...
Carpe Diem – the importance of timely advice in international family law matters24 January 2020 | Family Law
The Full Court of the Family Court of Australia’s decision in Bant & Clayton1 reiterates the importance of seeking specialist family law advice in matters with international issues. The absence of taking that advice can lead to adverse...
Pre-nups going global…16 October 2017 | Family Law
Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial style agreements have, for many years been an alterative option for couples to settle their property settlement in Australia rather than resorting to litigation. In the current climate, financial agreements, as they are now...
Separated and planning an overseas holiday? Here's what you need to know.19 September 2016 | Family Law
Whether you have just separated or decided to separate, there are a few things you need to know before you start to plan an overseas Christmas vacation. The process, and corresponding timeframes, of negotiating property settlements, parenting arrangements...
Global Maintenance! How Do I Enforce Overseas Spousal Maintenance in Australia?4 March 2016 | Family Law
The answer depends on how the spousal maintenance arose; what country the spousal maintenance arose in and the country of residence of the Applicant to have the liability registered. If you have a Court Order for spousal maintenance made overseas and you...