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What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

One of the primary objectives of the Court in parenting matters is to determine what the best interests of the children are and to make orders to that effect. In some circumstances, an Independent Children's Lawyer ('ICL') will be appointed. An ICL is a lawyer who represents your child/children and acts independently from either party.
Prenups: Everything you need to know

Prenups: Everything you need to know

Prenup is a colloquial American term for a prenuptial agreement - an agreement entered into by people who intend to marry. In Australia, a prenup is known as a Binding Financial Agreement (or BFA), however most people will still refer to these agreements as prenups.
Social Media as Evidence in Court Proceedings

Social Media as Evidence in Court Proceedings

It is becoming the 'bread-and-butter' in Family Court proceedings that parties use print outs of text messages, emails and social media posts in their Affidavits. One judge recently said in Court, "It never ceases to astound me how many litigants in [the Family Court of Australia] publish material through social media such as Facebook without consideration as to how poorly it might reflect upon them if adduced in evidence".
Am I in a de facto relationship?

Am I in a de facto relationship?

A question we frequently get asked by clients is whether or not they are in a de facto relationship.  Unlike a marriage, which has a formal piece of paper that identifies that the parties were married on a particular day, it is rare that there is any formal document recording the "terms" of the parties’ de facto relationship or indeed if they are even in a de facto relationship.
“My Health Record” – are your children at risk?

“My Health Record” – are your children at risk?

You may have heard that the government introduced “My Health Record” as an online summary of health information for every Australian commencing in 2018.  My Health Record provides you with access to your health information from any computer or device, as well as allowing healthcare professionals to access your information, including in emergency situations.
What is a “prenup” and should I have one?

What is a “prenup” and should I have one?

A "prenup" is a colloquial American term referring to an agreement entered into by people who are proposing to marry. The aim is to exclude either of them going to the Family Court if they ever separate, "protecting" by stating how in the "good times" each person's assets will be divided and how their debts will be repaid if the parties' split.

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