Children’s Contact Services – What, Why, When and How?

Following the breakdown of a relationship, it is important that parents attempt to make appropriate agreements for the care of their children, particularly their ”live with” arrangements and their ”spend time” arrangements (historically called ‘’custody’’ and ‘’contact’’ or ‘’access’’, respectively). When parents are unable to communicate directly with each other, or there are fears about […]

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The ALRC Family Law System Review Discussion Paper – what can we expect?

The Australian Law Reform Commission (“ALRC”) will issue its Discussion Paper in October 2018 in relation to the pending Family Law System Inquiry (also known as the ‘Family Law System Review’). The Discussion Paper will set out the Commission’s preliminary proposals for reform and invite feedback from all sections of the community. What can we […]

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New Child Support (Assessment) Act amendments permit administrative termination of binding child support agreements where care arrangements reverse or reduce

Recent amendments to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) (“the Act”) have simplified the way that binding child support agreements can be terminated in certain circumstances. It is no longer necessary for a party paying child support under a child support agreement to apply to the court to terminate the agreement where circumstances have […]

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Impact of Family and Domestic Violence Leave entitlements on Family Law cases

As part of its four yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has been considering submissions on the potential inclusion of family and domestic leave into those awards (see previous article here). The FWC has now determined that such leave should be provided for in awards and has finalised the model clause […]

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