BUDGET UPDATE: Home deposits as low as 2%? The proposed measure to support single mothers and parents

At present, the Australian housing market presents a major challenge for the Federal Government. There is a significantly high demand for acquiring housing and property, whilst very little supply is available. This is especially problematic for disadvantaged members of society, such as single parents (especially mothers) with children – balancing supporting a household by themselves, … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: The 2021-22 Federal Budget – What it promises for the domestic and family violence sector and what to expect

On 11 May 2021, The Hon. Joshua Frydenberg (Federal Treasurer) delivered the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This Budget emphasized a significant focus on women’s safety and health, especially as it relates to domestic violence. This article addresses the expenditure for domestic and family violence victims. According to the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare, women … Read more

Structural Reforms Ahead for Family Law System

On 5 December 2019, the Attorney-General introduced the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 (“the Bill”) to reform the family law court system.  Proposed Reforms for Family Law System The Bill proposes a number of reforms to the family law court system. These reforms include:  establishing a single point of entry for federal family law matters; and   developing a common rules, forms, practices and procedures.1   … Read more

Coercive control: Should it be criminalized?

Coercive Control A little over a year has passed since Hannah Clarke and her three children had passed away.[1] This event has captured significant public attention which has led to discussions regarding the need to make legislative changes to prevent the recurrence of such a horrific act of violence. A particular point of discussion raised … Read more

Applying for divorce when you’ve been married for less than two years

Going through a divorce is a difficult process.   This process can be complicated by various factors including:  Emotional and Financial strain  Legal aspects of Finalizing Separation   Parenting Arrangements   Property Arrangements   What are the 2 criteria when applying for a divorce?   Generally, there are only two (2) requirements:  1. Connection to Australia   One or both … Read more

The Lighthouse Project

The Lighthouse Project is an initiative of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“the Courts”) to better protect parties and children involved in family law proceedings who are experiencing family violence and/or other safety risks.   How does it work?  The Lighthouse Project involves the following process:  Screening  When a party files an Initiating … Read more

“Live with” Arrangements for Children

The Legislative reforms in 1996 removed the words ‘custody’, ‘access, and ‘guardianship’ from the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (“the Act”) to further discourage parents to view children as possessions and to encourage them to focus not on legal intervention but on the fundamental need for children to develop a close and meaningful relationship with both parents whenever … Read more

What is a primary carer in family law?

A primary carer in family law is the person with whom the child spends the most time with. Most often, this is a parent, however, a primary carer can also be a child’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles.   In some parenting matters, the court may need to assess who a child’s primary carer is as this may assist the court in determining … Read more

Case Note: Biondi & Koen [2020] FamCA 201

The case of Biondi & Koen [2020] FamCA 201 was urgently listed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Background The Mother was an international student who arrived in Australia from Brazil in 2015. The parties had a brief and casual sexual relationship in April 2016. The Mother fell pregnant with the parties’ child. The … Read more

What is Family Law Arbitration and how does it work?

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have recently introduced the National Arbitration List, where family law matters in the Courts will be sent to an external Arbitrator to be finalised. This is good news for parties in the Court system, as preparation for and attendance at an arbitration can often … Read more