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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

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) 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: … Read more

JOY Law – surrogacy in Australia

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) In this episode of JOY Law, Monica and Kristina talk about surrogacy: what it is, how it works and the laws pertaining to surrogacy in Australia. In particular, they discuss: the various forms of surrogacy; intended parents and who gets named as parents on the child’s birth certificate; commercial surrogacy … Read more

JOY Law – separation and parenting arrangements

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) 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; … Read more

JOY Law – donor agreements & planning a rainbow family

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) On this episode of JOY Law (JOY 94.9), we discuss 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’ … Read more

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

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) On JOY Law (JOY FM), Jack Stuk and Kristina Antoniades 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 … Read more

Married overseas? You’d better read this

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) The reforms to the Marriage Act 1961 (“the Act”) commenced from midnight, 8 December 2017.  While many are still celebrating the long-awaited reforms, the changes to the Act have flow on consequences for same sex couples who married overseas. If you’re planning to get married If you are planning on … Read more

JOY Law: the scourge that is family violence

By Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) In this episode of JOY Law, we talk about the very serious topic of family violence. During the show, we discussed: the alarming statistics regarding the incidence of family violence in Australia; defining patterns of behaviour; legislative change to protect against all forms of violence – not just physical violence; … Read more