Family & Relationship Law Articles

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After separation … who gets the pets?

By Chloe McGuinness (Senior Associate) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) Pet owners invest a lot of time, money and emotion in their pets. For most people, their pets are important and loved members of their family, and it is often devastating when there is a relationship breakdown and there is a dispute about who will … Read more

The role of an Independent Children’s Lawyer

By Stefan Pantellis (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) When Court proceedings are initiated in relation to children, most parties are usually independently represented by lawyers who advise their clients (based on their particular circumstances) as to what would be a reasonable care arrangement for the children moving forward.  Although the best interests of the children … Read more

Travelling overseas with children post-separation

By Bronwyn Montgomery (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) For parents, the thought of their children travelling overseas with the other parent post separation, can be stressful and trigger anxiety.  However, children’s lives should not be affected by the separation of their parents – they should still have the same opportunities they would have had, … Read more

Child abduction – the Hague Convention

By Bronwyn Montgomery (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) Any parent can appreciate the anxiety another parent feels when their former partner makes the unilateral decision to remove their child from the country in which they are living, without that parent’s consent or knowledge.  This is known within family law as child abduction. If your … Read more

Changes to family violence intervention orders

By Cano Ergun (Trainee Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) On 24 July 2019 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) and the Children’s Court of Victoria implemented two important changes in relation to family violence intervention orders. These are: Updated standard conditions for family violence intervention orders (FVIO); and Information sheets to be attached to … Read more