Category Archives: Children

“I am not sure I am the father and I am paying child support” – What are my rights?

There are occasions where a person is assessed by the Child Support Agency (CSA) to pay child support in circumstances where they are not sure they are the father of the child. The CSA will only make an assessment for … Continue reading

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“Notice of Risk” – Compulsory from 12 January 2015

Under the Family Law Act, parties are required to file a “Notice of Risk” if they allege that a child has been abused or is at risk of being abuse, or if there has been family violence between the parties or … Continue reading

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Independent Children’s Lawyers

The role of the Independent Children’s Lawyer is to assist the Court in making Orders which are in the best interests of the child. An Independent Children’s Lawyer will not be appointed in all parenting matters before the Court, however … Continue reading

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What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t comply with parenting orders?

The judgment of Ridgely & Stiller [2014]FCCA2668 is a sobering reminder of how a Court can deal with parenting arrangements and what the consequences are of not putting a child’s best interests before the parents’ own interest. Judge Bender of … Continue reading

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Overseas travel for separated families – some things to consider

With Christmas only 6 weeks away and school holidays looming many parents will be thinking about holidays and domestic and overseas travel. It is timely to think about your rights and obligations as a parent who seeks to travel overseas … Continue reading

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