Will you be forced to leave your country without your children?

Singapore-based expat couples with children who are going through a separation, or considering separating, should be aware that a new and concerning trend around parenting matters has been emerging in Singapore.  Read more...

Gender dysphoria and gender transformation surgery

In 2013, the Full Court of the Family Court ruled on an appeal concerning a request for stage two gender reassignment treatment of a 13 year old boy. The boy identified as female and wished to receive medication to supress puberty and the obvious gender identifying effects that puberty brings with it. This matter is known as Re Jamie.  Read more...

Family violence and family violence intervention orders

A number of recent tragic incidences of family violence have led to increased media reporting and political attention about family violence and family violence intervention orders. In this article, we look at what constitutes family violence and what can you do if this affects you and/or your family.  Read more...

Parenting issues and separation - a quick snapshot for same-sex parents

In this update, we look at why same-sex couples who separate need to ensure that they are both legally the parents of their child, and briefly outline the Family Court's approach to parenting arrangements when separating parents cannot agree a way forward.  Read more...

Alternative dispute resolution in family and relationship law

If you are separating from or divorcing your partner, you will need to work out how you divide your property and financial assets. Where you and your partner do not agree about how your assets will be divided, the law requires you to make a genuine effort to resolve your dispute through alternative dispute resolution channels before issuing court proceedings.  Read more...

Family Court proceedings - what to expect from the process

Court proceedings resulting from a relationship breakdown can be emotionally challenging - litigation is a big step which should not be taken lightly. In this article we look at what you can expect from the Family Court process.  Read more...

A practical guide to subpoenas in family law

A subpoena is a legal document issued by a court at the request of someone who is a party to a case. It compels the person receiving it to produce documents or give evidence at a hearing or trial. In this article, we look at what to do if you receive a subpoena when you are involved in family law proceedings.  Read more...

Surrogacy law in flux

The recent media coverage of baby Gammy's case has reignited popular debate about the legalisation of commercial surrogacy and the risks associated with the inconsistent and complex commercial surrogacy laws in Australia and abroad.  Read more...

Property settlements and the ATO - new ruling for private companies

The Australian Taxation Office recently issued a ruling confirming that cash payments or transfers of property from private companies to individuals as part of a property settlement for separating couples, are likely to be treated as dividends from those companies.  Read more...

GP Fact Sheet | Treating children when parents are in dispute

Treating children is a rewarding experience, but difficulties may arise if the child’s parents are in dispute regarding proposed medical treatment. These disputes are common in the context of a relationship breakdown and it is important to be aware of what legal issues may arise in these circumstances.  Read more...

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