Five Things to Consider when Contemplating Separation

30 Nov 2020

Following the breakdown of your relationship, whether marital, de facto or same sex, can be a very distressing and highly emotional time. You may find yourself having to contemplate issues relating to children, finances and property caused by the change in your circumstances. It is important to develop an action plan.

Family Dispute Resolution Requirements in Family Law

29 Oct 2020

By Carmel Morrison, Senior Associate Family law regimes in Australia encourage separated parties to make a genuine effort to avoid going to Court by engaging in litigation as a last resort. In certain circumstances parties are obliged to attempt resolution of their disputes by a process known as Family Dispute Resolution (“FDR”). It is generally…

Working from home and domestic violence in COVID-19

21 Aug 2020

By Amanda Graham, Principal In March 2020, the New South Wales Court of Appeal handed down a decision in the case of Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer v Hill [2020] NSWCA 54 (‘Hill’s case’).  In this case a woman was killed by her defacto husband while she was working at home in the family business. The…

The Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court: dealing with family law disputes in 2020

2 Jul 2020

By Amanda Graham, Principal, MST Lawyers The COVID-19 List In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has established a court list dedicated to dealing exclusively with urgent family law disputes arising as a direct result of the pandemic. An example…