Family & Relationship Law

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Overhaul of the family court system

Today we have seen splashed across all news media outlets the announcement of an “overhaul” of the family court system to deal with the substantial delays of having matters finally determined in our court system. Background Since 2000 we have had two separate courts, with two separate sets of rules, forms and court procedures to … Read more

Amendments to family violence laws now in force

On 29 March 2018, the remaining provisions of the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017 (the Amending Act) commenced.  These amendments implement the recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission (Royal Commission) and now form part of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) (the Act). The amendments provide for: better explanations of interim and … Read more

JOY Law – surrogacy in Australia

In this episode of JOY Law, Monica and I talk about surrogacy: what it is, how it works and the laws pertaining to surrogacy in Australia. In particular, we discuss: the various forms of surrogacy; intended parents and who gets named as parents on the child’s birth certificate; commercial surrogacy versus altruistic surrogacy; the legislation … Read more

JOY Law – separation and parenting arrangements

Relationship breakdowns are never easy, and when children are involved, matters can become fraught.  It’s crucial that parenting arrangements are carefully considered and documented as soon as possible after separation.  On JOY Law, we talked about: emotional burdens you face when dealing with the breakdown of your relationship; co-parenting post-separation; the importance of written agreements … Read more

JOY Law – donor agreements & planning a rainbow family

On JOY Law (JOY FM), we talked about rainbow families, donor agreements and issues to consider when planning your rainbow family.  Specifically, we talked about: donor agreements and clarifying the intention of the parties entering into a donor agreement; the legal rights of the parties; ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ donors; relationships between ‘known’ donors and lesbian … Read more

JOY Law – what does marriage equality mean for those who married overseas?

On JOY Law (JOY FM), Jack Stuk and I discussed the ramifications from changes to the Marriage Act for LGBTI couples who married overseas.  Specifically, we talked about: recognition of overseas marriages under the revised law; whether those married overseas need to do anything to formalise their union in Australia, including whether it’s necessary to … Read more