• Confidentiality of offers in parenting matters

    A party in a family law dispute may make an offer to another party to settle all or part of a case at any time before the Court makes an order disposing of the case. This may occur before, or in the absence of, formal court proceedings between the parties.

  • Essential requirements of informal post-separation parenting plans

    It’s not unusual for parties who have separated to make their own private parenting arrangements in relation to their child. Private parenting arrangements are an attractive option because they are cost effective and relatively easy to produce. They may also be less emotionally intensive than dealing with the formal legal system.

  • Confidentiality and the Independent Children’s Lawyer

    The unique role played by an Independent Children’s Lawyer (“ICL”) (particularly when both parents are self-represented), and the ongoing developments in information sharing protocols between agencies, appear to have contributed to some confusion as to the obligations on ICLs to keep confidential information which they obtain in that role.

  • Making Changes to a Parenting Court Order

    When the Court has made a parenting order, there are certain criteria the Court must consider before deciding to make any changes.

  • Handy Hints (20) – Varying Financial Orders made on a final basis

    When financial orders are made by the Family Court on a final basis, an individual can only apply to vary or set aside them under certain circumstances.