Parental alienation seems to be increasing, according to a lot of family law solicitors in Australia. Meaning of Parental Alienation Syndrome What is parental alienation syndrome (PAS)? Essentially, it occurs when one parent influences the child against the other parent, by emotionally manipulating the child. Usually, the...

Are you wanting to relocate with children? How hard is it to relocate children overseas when the other parent opposes? When the courts consider cases on relocation of children, there is usually an extraordinary reason behind the application. However, in the case of Ellis & Murphy [2018] FamCA...

Pet cases are rare in the family law courts –most of the time lawyers warn their clients not to push the point on the issue of with whom the pet will live. However, to some clients, the ownership of the family pet will be as important,...

Can you use recordings in a family law dispute? The use of smart phones has made it easier for parties in family law proceedings to secretly obtain audio and video recordings as evidence to be used in their family law cases Each of the States...

Use (and abuse) of social media is becoming more prevalent in court cases including in family law cases. Evidence in Court Cases Evidence obtained via social media is becoming increasingly common in family law proceedings. Evidence obtained from sources such as Facebook and Twitter can sometimes provide...

Help! My ex-partner has kidnapped our child! Will the police help? The short answer is no. Clients often come to us stating that their partner has taken the child and that the police won’t help. In most instances a parent taking a child is not considered ‘kidnapping’...

If you own your property but it is subject to a registered mortgage, that title will automatically become an electronic title (or paperless title) controlled by the mortgagee (the bank). What happens to my title now it may go paperless? Even if you had paid off your mortgage...

What is an unqualified legal practice? Many people are not aware of this concept:  that the preparation of most legal documents is not permitted  to be done by another type of professional, only a qualified lawyer. And this is for good reason, as great damage  can be done by...

A common question I hear from family law clients is: I have recently separated from my partner and I wish to have equal time with the children.  How do I get equal care of the children? It is not an "automatic right" of the parent to get...

Have interest rates fallen considerably since you took out your mortgage? Has your credit score or financial situation improved so you may be eligible for a lower rate? Would you like to access your equity for an investment or renovations? These are all great reasons to...