Family & Relationship Law

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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

JOY Law: transgender youth & legal rights

My colleague in the KHQ Family & Relationship Law team, Bronwyn Montgomery, joined me on JOY Law to discuss legal issues regarding transgender youth and minors, including: parental responsibility and the role of both parents until the child turns 18 years of age; medical interventions requiring consent beyond normal parental responsibility; two stages requiring consideration … Read more

JOY Law: who gets the pets? Property settlement when relationships end

My colleague in the KHQ Family & Relationship Law team, Bonnie Phillips, joined me on JOY Law to discuss matters concerning property settlement when relationships end. We talked about the steps to working through a property settlement, including: proving relationship status (a key consideration given same sex marriage it not yet legal in Australia); agreeing … Read more