What happens to your embryos if you separate?

While the Family Law Act does not specifically deal with embryos and other genetic material, current case law in Australia suggests that the legal system considers embryos are property. This means that the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (“the court”) can make orders about what can happen with them when parties separate. Leena […]

Welcome to 2023

Welcome to 2023. No doubt you’re busy getting your children ready to start the new school year; buying new lunchboxes, dealing with the dreaded stationary order, battling with the book contact, disposing of mouldy fruit that has been at the bottom of school bags since 20 December 2022 and naming anything that crosses your path. […]

Who keeps the dog after separation?

As more Australian couples choose not to have children, custody of the relationship dog, or “fur baby” has become one of the new battlegrounds for separating couples. One couple recently took this issue before the Court asking for live with and spend time orders in relation to the family dog. In Davenport v Davenport the […]

FAQ’s – Divorce and Separation

Can I get a quick divorce? No. You and your spouse have to have been separated for at least 12 months before you can apply to the Court for a Divorce Order. If you and your spouse have reconciled for three months or more during that 12-month period, then the 12 months starts again. From […]