The significance of Thorne v Kennedy Thorne and Kennedy, in our opinion does not mark the end of BFAs as some commentators have argued. Neither does the case introduce a “justice and equity” or fairness test to BFAs. However, the case does: Sound yet another warning there are major risks of a BFA being set […]
The West Australian reports some good news for same sex couples. Let’s hope the review also addresses issues around recognition of parenting rights for same sex fathers and mothers.
These are difficult questions to think about. In fact, most of us would rather think of anything but separation. Thinking about separating doesn’t necessarily mean you will separate.
The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 came into force on 9 December 2017. In practical terms how does the Act affect me?
In the case of Adair & Anor and Bachan  FCWA 78 the Family Court of WA made orders granting parental responsibility for twin children to the biological father and another person. The Children were born overseas under a surrogacy agreement. The biological father, the First Applicant was not the legal father of the children […]
The New Year is often a time where people wish to see a Family Lawyer to “see where I’m at if I separate.” We are pleased to offer a fixed rate of $300 + GST (total $330) as follows: All consultations must occur between 9 January 2017 and 28 February 2017. The flat rate of […]
Latest relocation statistics from the Family court of WA. In the period from April 2015 to March 2016, there were 29 relocation cases in the Family Court of Western Australia. 23 of these cases were decided after final hearings, with 6 at the interim stage. Two of the final hearings were subject to appeals where one was dismissed and the other withdrawn.
In Chancellor & McCoy[ 2016] FCCA 53 a Single Judge dismissed an application for a property adjustment by a party to a same sex de facto relationship of 27 years. The court held (relying in Stanford) that it was not ‘just and equitable’ (i.e. fair) to make an adjustment of the property interests of the […]
The decision of the Chief Justice Thackray of the Family court of WA in Western Australian Newspapers and Cuzens  FCWA 6 provides a useful and succinct summary of the difficulties faced by parents, counsellors, lawyers and the Court when allegations of child abuse or risk of child abuse are made. View the decision here: […]
Divorce in Western Australia On the 25th of November 2015, The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data for Separation and Divorce for the last year (2014). They indicated that 4518 applications for divorce were granted in Western Australia. This was a significant (14.2%) decrease on the previous years figure of 5268 and the largest decline […]