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Merger of the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia

Merger of the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia

Our NewsMERGER OF THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT AND FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIAOn 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court amalgamated into the Federal Circuit Family Court of Australia. This marked a significant occasion in the history of Australia’s...

Husband applies for shared custody of a dog!

Husband applies for shared custody of a dog!

Our NewsHusband applies for shared custody of a dog!In Davenport & Davenport (Davenport & Davenport (No 2) [2020] FCCA 2766) , following the breakdown of a 2 year marriage, Mrs Davenport had requested that Mr Davenport no longer attend their former matrimonial...

Bride discovers husband has another wife.

Bride discovers husband has another wife.

Our NewsBride discovers husband has another wife.Chabra & Chabra (2020) FamCA 1113 On 22 December 2020 Mrs Chabra, applied to the Family Court of Australia for a decree of nullity of marriage. In other words, she applied to have her marriage become null and void....

Family Law Courts Merger Fails!

Family Law Courts Merger Fails!

Our NewsFamily Law Courts Merger Fails!In breaking news, the proposed court merger bills have failed to win support of the Senate and have not been passed into law. The Government did not bring the bills before the Senate this week, having failed to win the...

When a sperm donor is a parent!

When a sperm donor is a parent!

Our NewsWhen a sperm donor is a parent!The High Court of Australia has just handed down Judgment in relation to a closely watched case determining that a Sperm Donor is in fact the father and legal “parent” of the child. This is a case we have reported on in the past...

2019 Family Law Courts Changes

2019 Family Law Courts Changes

Our News2019 Family Law Courts ChangesThe proposed changes to the Family Court system was well discussed in the media in 2018. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has now released its report providing their recommendations in relation to the proposed...

Amendments to Cyber Bullying Laws

Amendments to Cyber Bullying Laws

Our NewsAmendments to Cyber Bullying LawsThe Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) has continued its valuable work in highlighting the risks posed by new technology for the victims of domestic and family violence in a recent submission to the Australian Human...

“Friends With Benefits” not a de facto relationship

“Friends With Benefits” not a de facto relationship

Our News“Friends With Benefits” not a de facto relationshipThe Federal Circuit Court in Queensland has found that a homosexual couple who lived together for seven years and engaged in occasional sexual contact was not in a bona fide de facto relationship. Judge Coker...

New Recommendations Could Change Surrogacy Laws

New Recommendations Could Change Surrogacy Laws

Our NewsNew Recommendations Could Change Surrogacy LawsThe Attorney-General George Brandis released a report on 14 August 2014 by the Family Law Council which has advised the Federal Government that children should be allowed to have more than two legal parents. With...