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Sperm Donors and Parental Rights

by Women who rely on male friends to assist them to conceive with no expectation that the donor would become the child’s parent can rely on the Status of Children Act to have control over who is named legal parent of their child, however if an appeal to the High Court is successful then this certainty may disappear. Under State law
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14 years and $40,000,000 later - the most expensive divorce in Australia has finally concluded!

by The Family Court of Australia has finally ended Australia’s most expensive divorce. The case of Strahan & Strahan is exhausting.  The parties’ married in 1994 and separated in January 2005.  They divorced in 2006. Shortly after separation in 2005, the Wife filed proceedings seeking property Orders in the Family Court of Australia.  The fact that the litigation lasted longer than
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Superannuation Splitting Orders - Bulow v Bulow

by In property proceedings, the Court may make such orders as it considers appropriate in relation to the property of the parties of the marriage or relationship, which may alter the interests held.  It is, however first necessary to identify and value the existing legal and equitable interests each (or both) of the parties have in the property of the parties
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Cryptocurrency and Family Law

by Even though bitcoin has been around for at least 10 years it is a relatively new concept.  There is very little precedent in family law around cryptocurrency and its impact on family law related matters such as valuation, taxation consequences and disclosure issues.   So what is crypto currency? Cryptocurrency is a kind of digital currency, virtual currency or alternative
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Parental responsibility: what does this mean?

by Parental responsibility can be the mythical creature to the uninitiated.  Many people (lawyers and laypersons) say the words, but unless you are in the know, it can be a confusing concept. Parental responsibility is a concept enshrined in the Family Law Act 1975.  It means all of the duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law parents have in relation
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Help! I want to change my child’s last name: Navigating the name change process in Queensland

by Changing a child’s last name is easy right?  Maybe, maybe not. While informally changing your child’s last name is as simple as writing that name on a piece of paper and/or declaring that the child will now be known as “Child LastNameX”, the process to legally change your child’s last name can be a little more complicated. In Queensland, if
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Moving on? Why it is important to first resolve your property matters with your ex

by I read with interest a recent article, which has caused the alarm bells to ring for many parties involved in family law matters and concerns about the consequences of failing to resolve matrimonial or defacto property matters with an ex-spouse or partner before intermingling finances with a new partner. While the example set out in the article is atypical, it
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What is a Family Report?

by A Family Report is a report written by an independent expert to assist the Court in determining what parenting arrangements would best meet the interests of the child or children who are the subject of a parenting dispute. Report writers are usually experienced social workers or psychologists who are either in private practice or employed directly by the Court. When
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Changes to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989

by On 1 July 2018, amendments to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 came into effect which may have a significant impact on current and future Binding Child Support Agreements. Why do the changes matter? On 9 May 2018, the Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2018 was passed into law and amendments were made to the
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