Whilst for many, the thought of being forced to stay home and sit on the couch is a dream come true, there are many in our community who have significant anxiety about being forced to spend more time with their partner/husband/wife and/or children. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing the greater … Read more about The “at-home” struggle of COVID-19
Updated: 22 March 2020 At this time, we are offering video and telephone appointments for the bulk of our clients. We are significantly limiting any face-to-face appointments with these being arranged only in extraordinary circumstances. If you require a face-to-face appointment please contact … Read more about Coronavirus and Client Appointments at Meillon & Bright
Many families and couples often welcome furry friends into their homes and lives. Pets are often cherished members of a familial unit. But what happens to those pets (or other animals) if the relationship ends? Who gets custody of the pets, so to speak? How does the family law system deal with pets … Read more about Pets and other animals in the family law system
A financial agreement, colloquially referred to as a “prenuptial agreement” (and even more colloquially, a prenup) or Binding Financial Agreement (BFA), is a written agreement between parties to a marriage or a de facto relationship (including same-sex couples). Your financial agreement can deal … Read more about What is a financial agreement (a prenuptial)?
Parenting orders can cover a whole raft of family law matters relevant to children; for example parental responsibility. However, today we will be exploring the legislative framework for making parenting orders in respect of the time a child spends with each parent or with other significant people … Read more about Parenting orders for spending time with the children
A common question in family law parenting disputes is: ‘Will my child’s wishes be considered?’. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to this question. However, what can be said is that a child’s wishes alone will not determine a parenting dispute. In some circumstances, a child’s wishes … Read more about Are the views of the child considered in family law?
When a relationship ends it can be a very emotional time, and it can be difficult to think clearly about what you should be doing to prepare yourself for separation. There are a number of documents and other vital information you should consider collating at the time of separation. Having access … Read more about Separating from your spouse – important information and documents to collate
The concept of “parental responsibility” is common to family law parenting disputes, however, there is often confusion surrounding what it means. Following widespread reforms of the Family Law System in 2006, the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cth) introduced the … Read more about What does parental responsibility mean?