June 27, 2019

When a Sperm Donor is a parent!

The High Court of Australia has just handed down Judgment in relation to a closely watched case determining that a Sperm Donor is in fact the father and legal “parent” of the child. This is a case we have reported […]

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April 5, 2019

Family Law Courts Merger Fails!

In breaking news, the proposed court merger bills have failed to win support of the Senate and have not been passed into law. The Government did not bring the bills before the Senate this week, having failed to win the […]

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March 13, 2019

2019 Family Law Courts Changes

The proposed changes to the Family Court system was well discussed in the media in 2018. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has now released its report providing their recommendations in relation to the proposed changes to the structure […]

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February 5, 2019

Amendments to Cyber Bullying Laws

The Legal Aid NSW Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) has continued its valuable work in highlighting the risks posed by new technology for the victims of domestic and family violence in a recent submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission. This […]

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May 30, 2015

Family Court Chief Justice Calls for Commercial Surrogacy to be Legalised

Chief Justice Diana Bryant has called for the immediate legalisation of commercial surrogacy. Chief Justice Bryant spoke of two recent cases being in India and Thailand which caused outrage around the world. Chief Justice Bryant said: “ I personally think […]

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November 30, 2014

“Friends With Benefits” not a de facto relationship

The Federal Circuit Court in Queensland has found that a homosexual couple who lived together for seven years and engaged in occasional sexual contact was not in a bona fide de facto relationship. Judge Coker delivered the judgment in early […]

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August 30, 2014

New Recommendations Could Change Surrogacy Laws

The Attorney-General George Brandis released a report on 14 August 2014 by the Family Law Council which has advised the Federal Government that children should be allowed to have more than two legal parents. With the increase in modern medical […]

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