Australia recognises same-sex divorce; as well as same-sex marriage

“Same-sex marriage in Australia, also now recognises same-sex divorce.  If you previously married in another jurisdiction you can now have recognition of, or file for divorce in Australia.  With an extensive global network, Koffels Solicitors & Barristers, Sydney,  can assist with both your family law concerns, and any cross-border property settlement if required.  We are …

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What to do if you need Parenting Orders in place as a matter of urgency

When parents are unable to reach agreement on parenting responsibilities, they can be left in a situation where there is no certainty about the children’s future living arrangements. This situation is then often made worse when special occasions are not far away, such as Christmas, school holidays or the children’s birthdays. Unless there is some …

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THE ROLE OF THE INDEPENDENT CHILDREN’S LAWYER IN FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS

The role of the Independent Children’s Lawyer (‘ICL’) in Family Law proceedings is multi-faceted. The different aspects of the ICL role can be relevant to differing extents depending upon, among other matters, the issues in the case and the age of the subject children. The different dimensions to the ICL role include: Facilitating the participation …

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Family Law & Divorce: AVOs (Apprehended Violence Order), don’t take them lightly.

The highly publicised separation of former television presenter and model Kelly Landry and Sydney to Hobart winner and accountant Anthony Bell, has highlighted that there is a benefit in defending applications for Apprehended Violence Orders. Ms Landry alleged that throughout the marriage she was subjected to verbal abuse and family violence at the hands of …

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“What about me”?! Family Law: Do Children have a say in which parent they wish to live with after their parents separate? The answer may surprise you.

When deciding the living arrangements for children of separated parents, one of the factors that the Court is required to take into consideration is what the child says about where they would like to live. In doing so, the Court must also have regard to the age and maturity of the child and how much …

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Complexities of Artificial Conception – Always complicated, and needs to be considered on a legal basis as well as an emotional one. Here’s but one example!

In the recent case of Clarence & Crisp [2016] Fam CAFC, the parties had been in a same sex relationship from which a daughter was born through an artificial conception method, one party provided the egg and the other party was the birth mother. The birth mother alleged that the parties were separated at the …

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