What are the Consequences if Someone Breaches a Parenting Order?
What is a breach? A breach (or contravention) of a parenting order occurs when a party to an Order: intentionally fails to comply with the order; or makes no reasonable attempt to comply with the order; or intentionally prevents someone else from complying with the order; or helps someone else...read more
Are Dads Entitled to Equal Custody?
Following separation, it’s common for parents to think in terms of what they’re entitled to when it comes to sharing custody of the kids. While the world has come a long way in equalising parental responsibilities between men and women, the way this question normally materialises is whether dads have equal rights to mums.read more
19th National Family Law Conference
After endless lockdowns, mask wearing, working from home and the other fun aspects of Covid-19, the Family Law Section 19th Family Law Conference had finally arrived on 14 August 2022. Only 4 rescheduled dates later, we finally arrived! A number of our FGD staff from the Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney...read more
Is there a way to come back from infidelity?
My view on infidelity was questioned when I read an article by The Independent titled “Cheating can make your marriage STRONGER”. I thought, “What could this possibly say?” What I found intrigued me. Hidden in the article was a reference to Ms Esther Perel, a psychotherapist who works exclusively with...read more
I got Pregnant from a Tinder Date – Help!
There can be a big difference between becoming pregnant when you are in a relationship as opposed to when you are single. But does that mean anything changes in relation to family law and your rights as a parent? In an article by Kellie Scott of the ABC, Tessa Dijkgraaf...read more
Children and Mental Health in the Family Court Process
It is no secret that mental health issues are prevalent in the Family Court system. This is not only as a result of domestic violence, but a variety of factors including social isolation, loneliness, severe or long-term stress and high-conflict arguments between parents and children, all of which can occur...read more
Does Australia have a death tax?
The recent Australian election included a lot of discussion about a ‘death tax’. This led to a lot of debate and confusion. So, you might wonder, if you die, does your estate have to pay an extra tax? The short answer is ‘no’. Death taxes, sometimes called inheritance taxes, are...read more
How much child support will I pay?
A Parent’s Guide to Child Support After separation, people often find themselves in tricky situations regarding how much to pay to their ex-partner for the support and upkeep of their children. These payments, known as ‘child support’, are generally ongoing, periodic payments made by one parent to the other, purely...read more
Truffles and a Will – two things that should be on your shopping list, not your bucket list!
Recently the FGD Estates team hosted an intimate event at The Truffle Farm which was an opportunity for us to treat a small group of our professional contacts to a really memorable event. We all loved it and came away with some unexpected parallels between truffles and estate planning.read more
Does Australia have no fault divorce?
What happens when you marry, and then the relationship breaks down and you and/or your spouse is wanting to leave the relationship? Imagine if you had to prove fault on behalf of your spouse to obtain a divorce, and where should the law draw that line?read more