Child Custody

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What are the rights of parents in the ADF Australia?

The rights of parents in the ADF or Australian Defence Force are the same as non-defence parents. However, because of their service and the complexity of their job, ADF parents are afforded additional rights. Often, members of the military and their partners or families have to repeatedly relocate or spend a lot of time apart. …

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How to gain custody of an autistic child?

If you are wondering about how to gain custody of an autistic child, the first thing you need to consider is whether the Australian family court system treats parenting cases where there are children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) significantly different from those with children who don’t suffer from any developmental disabilities. Parenting orders in …

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Proposed Changes to International Child Abduction Australia

International Child Abduction Australia Currently, Australia has one of the highest rates of international child abductions in the world. From 2015 to 2016, Australian parents made 92 Hague Convention applications for the return of 137 abducted children. Out of those applications, only 63 were returned successfully. Former Family Court judge Nahum Mushin has declared that …

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Child Dispute Conference – 5 Critical Points You Should Know

You may have been asked by a court or informed by your lawyer that you need to attend a Child Dispute Conference. This post is designed to give you a brief overview of what happens before, during and after a Child Dispute Conference. Here are “5 Critical Points you Should Know about your Child Dispute …

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Family Violence In Parenting Proceedings

If the court is to find that there has been a history of family violence, is it relevant to current parenting proceedings? In Soulos & Sorbo [2019] the Full Court explored how to treat historical family violence in current parenting proceedings. The father appealed an order permitting the mother’s relocation order of the parties’ eight year …

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Can A Long Distance Relationship With A Child Be Meaningful?

The Full Court made a recent decision that a long distance relationship with a child and a father could still be a meaningful one. The judges said: A relationship may be less than optimal but nonetheless meaningful   Meaningful relationship family law   What is a meaningful relationship in family law? In Rochford & Fitzhugh [2019] …

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