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News - 01 Jul 16

Oshin Kiszko, a six year old Perth boy suffering brain cancer, will no longer undergo forced radiotherapy treatment previously ordered by the Family Court of Western Australia. In March, the Court ruled that Oshin undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy against the wishes of his parents. Oshin's parents did not want him to... Read More

News - 22 Apr 16

The colloquially referred to 'pre-nup' is properly known as a Financial Agreement under Australian law. Financial Agreements are available to all Australian couples, including de facto and same sex, to document arrangements in relation to their financial affairs and the division of assets in case you and your partner decide... Read More

Publication - 10 Dec 15

Parents do not always have the right to consent to medical procedures for their children, as there are some procedures which can only be initiated with consent from the Family Court of Australia. Gender reassignment treatment is one such procedure. In 2013, the Full Court of the Family Court ruled on... Read More

Publication - 04 Dec 14

You and your former partner might have separated, but in the eyes of the law you still share rights and responsibilities for your children. For same-sex couples with children conceived through assisted reproduction technology, separating can raise particular issues around who is legally considered to be the parents of their child.  In... Read More

Publication - 30 Jul 13

Married couples can apply for a divorce in Australia if the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Couples must have been separated for at least 12 months and one of the parties: must regard Australia as their home and intend to live in Australia indefinitely; or be an Australian citizen by birth, descent... Read More

Publication - 23 Jul 13

The law is catching up with social change by recognising same-sex couples’ desire to become parents. The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 came into effect in January 2010. It made assisted reproductive treatment, including altruistic (unpaid) surrogacy arrangements, available to same-sex couples for the first time. Couples should be... Read More

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