Virtual Hearings – The New COVID World

  COVID-19 has changed professional environments within many industries, including the legal profession. Due to various lockdowns, social distancing requirements and the reluctancy of meeting face to face, online platforms are today used more than ever for lawyers and their clients to effectively communicate with one another and the Court. The Court known as, the … Read more

Appeals in Family Law Matters

  An appeal is a procedure which enables a party to legal proceedings to request that a higher authority reviews a Court decision. In family law matters, a party can request the appeal Court to set aside a decision made by a Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) judge or registrar. An appeal … Read more

Farewell to the Family Court

  Tuesday, 31 August was the last day of the Family Court of Australia as a stand-alone Court, dispensing justice to separated families. Twenty-one years ago, the Government under Prime Minister Howard established the Federal Circuit Court (“the FCC”), to operate alongside the Family Court.  The intention was to create a Court that delivered justice … Read more


  Pre-Covid, surrogacy was becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Surrogacy is a process whereby a woman (the surrogate) offers to carry a baby on behalf of another person or couple, who will then become the child’s parents after birth (the intended parents). There are two types of surrogacy arrangements – altruistic surrogacy arrangements and commercial … Read more

What happens when your loved one passes away? Do I need a grant of probate?

  As Benjamin Franklin said: “…in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”.  Given death’s certainty, most people die leaving a Will pursuant to which an executor (i.e. a trustee) is appointed and the estate will be administered according to the terms of the Will. Up to four executors may be named in … Read more


THE DOS AND SOME DON’TS OF ARBITRATION by Chris Dimock Solicitor Accredited Family Law Specialist About the Presenter …. Chris Dimock MA, Solicitor Chris Dimock is an Accredited Family Law Specialist. He first practised as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia in 1983.  He has since been practising exclusively in the … Read more

Binding Financial Agreements And Consent Orders – What’s The Difference?

Infographic BFA Consent Order

OK, we’re often asked what are the options for legal agreements following the breakdown of a marriage. So we’ve prepared a visual representation of the main differences between a consent order and a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA). As always, seek the advice of a lawyer to guide you through. Speak to our family law team today.

Prenuptial Financial Agreements – Section 90B

Section 90B Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer Sydney

Financial agreements – valid and binding? Section 90B (pre-nuptial) Agreement Pre-nuptial agreements are one form of Financial Agreement parties can sign and which are enforceable under the Family Law Act. It can be challenging and cause stress for couples to broach the subject with each other, as it can appear to put a negative spin … Read more

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