Can I change my
Child Support Assessment

Yes – but you need to establish grounds In short, yes you can.  You can:- apply to change your child support assessment if you pay child support; or apply to change your child support assessment if you receive child support. However, the Child Support Agency will o…
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Child Support
– can I get it back?

In limited circumstances, if it arises that a person (the ‘paying parent’) has been paying child support and it becomes evident that there was no basis for this payment because they were not the parent of that child, then they may be able to apply to the Court…
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De facto Relationships
and Wills

Will separating from my de facto partner impact my Will? Amendments to the Succession Act 1981 on 5 June 2017 mean that the end of a de facto relationship will be treated the same as a divorce when it comes to the effect it will have on a person’s Will. When a couple in a d…
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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is not just physical violence. Respondents to an Application for Protection Order sometimes say “but I never physically hurt them“.  Domestic violence is more than just physical violence and includes a variety of behaviours which ar…
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Child Support after 18

Will I still have to pay child support after my child turns 18? In certain circumstances, yes you may. Application to extend child support assessment A parent receiving child support for a child who is turning 18; and completing full time secondary education; can make a…
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Spousal Maintenance

What is Spousal Maintenance? ‘Spousal maintenance’ is financial support provided by one party to the other after a relationship has ended (whether married or de facto).  Spousal maintenance is one of the orders a party is able to apply for under the Famil…
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Contravention of
Parenting Orders

When a parent breaches a parenting order they can file an Application for Contravention. When a parenting order is made, each person who is affected or directed to do something by that order must follow it.  If a party does not adhere to their obligations under a court ord…
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Social Media and
Family Law Proceedings

Can I post about my family law court proceedings? Family law proceedings are confidential and under section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), it is an offence to “publish” any identifying information relating to your family law matter. Section 121 also makes it an o…
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When do kids get to
decide who they live with?

When working out living arrangements for children after separation, parents will often ask “what age can my child decide who to live with?”  This is an unexpectedly complex answer and it really is true that each case is different.  There is no one set age th…
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Changing a Child’s Surname

When the parents of a child separate, the child will retain the surname listed on their birth certificate.  This is usually the father’s surname. Where a mother has remarried or has reverted back to using her maiden name, a parent may want to change a child’…
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