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Can I be forced to vaccinate my children?

With vaccinations being encouraged for adults in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and infections spreading into younger age groups, what are your obligations in relation to your children – should you vaccinate them? This issue becomes more complex in circumstances where parents are separated and cannot agree. What the law says Pursuant to section … Read more

Lottery winnings – yours, mine or ours?

By Carlyna Yap (Trainee Lawyer) and Stefan Pantellis (Senior Associate) When altering property interests after the breakdown of a relationship, two key factors that the Court must consider are: the assets, liabilities and financial resources of the parties; and the parties’ contributions (financial and non-financial). When it comes to identifying the asset pool, it’s easy … Read more

Defining the de facto relationship

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provisional data released for January to June 2020 shows a 31.9% decrease in marriages in Australia. While the current rate of marriages is declining, the ever-changing structure of relationships and family units continues to call into question the rights and entitlements to a property settlement for separating de … Read more

Abolition of the Family Court of Australia – what does it mean?

As has been widely reported, the Federal government has passed a bill which will lead to the abolition of the Family Court of Australia.  This was done despite strong opposition from major legal bodies, legal professionals, domestic violence services, community legal services, and the legal community generally.  It has also been done merely weeks before … Read more

Urgent family law applications during Stage 4

The introduction of stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne continues to present unprecedented challenges for parents and carers navigating parenting arrangements. While “shared custody arrangements”, whether informal or court-ordered, is permitted under the current restrictions, issues may arise beyond the control of either party that prevent a child from continuing to spend time with the … Read more

Parenting arrangements in stage 4 lock down

Yesterday, Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster in Victoria, with Melbourne moving to stage 4 restrictions and the rest of the state to stage 3, to try and contain the spread of COVID-19.  The most significant restrictions include: The implementation of a curfew from 8pm to 5am (which came into effect yesterday). During those times, … Read more