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The Family Court of Australia (FCA) is a specialised court dealing purely with family law matters.The FCA has jurisdiction in a broad range of matters, including matrimonial causes, guardianship and all matters relating to the welfare of children.
The FCA was created to improve the manner in which separation and divorce were managed, and aims to provide specialised services concerning the welfare of the children of separating couples. With the creation of the Federal Magistrates Court, the FCA can increasingly focus on determining the most complex family law disputes.
What our clients say
20/12/2013 |MH, Port Macquarie
Tim Couch -
Dear Tim, I hope you have a merry christmas and happy new year. Thanks for everything in the past 12 months. I couldn't have got through the...
Dear Tim, I hope you have a merry christmas and happy new year. Thanks for everything in the past 12 months. I couldn't have got through the year without you. Thanks heaps.
28/11/2011 |Denial of same-sex relationship
Quentin Schneider -
We were successful in having the Federal Magistrates Court retain jurisdiction in a property dispute between two persons of the same gender ...
We were successful in having the Federal Magistrates Court retain jurisdiction in a property dispute between two persons of the same gender who had lived together for several decades. One party was denying there had been a de facto relationship. This could have removed the Court's jurisdiction to deal with the matter. With some guidance from the Federal Magistrate and each side having advice from their own counsel, the parties were eventually able to agree on Interim Consent Orders confirming the Court having jurisdiction. The Federal Magistrate highlighted that the Court could consider numerous factors in order to decide that a de facto relationship had existed. The court did not have to base its decision on whether or not there ever was a sexual relationship. The Federal Magistrate was pleased he did not have to observe anyone being cross-examined on such issues or on any of the other considerations relevant to determining whether the parties had been in a de facto relationship.
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In The Community
21/01/2014 |Victim Compensation - Bad news and good news
Nathan Luke -
In The Community
The NSW State Government has made sweeping changes to compensation for Victims of Crime. The bad news is that for mos...
The NSW State Government has made sweeping changes to compensation for Victims of Crime.
The bad news is that for most victims that compensation will be very modest
regardless of what type of injury has been sustained.
The good news is that the changes have seen waiting times for compensation drastically reduced and the system made far less complex.
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25/02/2015 |HELP - MY CRUISE HOLIDAY TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE More and more people are taking cruise ship holidays. They have the advantage of not having to pack and unpack suitcases or drive in foreign places while all the time enjoying being pampered with food and entertainment and visiting interesting places...
18/02/2015 |BEWARE TRAPS IN NEW HOME BUILDING LAWS Anybody buying a newly completed home or builders doing the construction should be aware of changes to laws governing building that came into force in January. The laws were brought in by the NSW government to try and fix problems regarding shonky builders, but there are complaints that in fixing one problem the new laws create others.
17/09/2014 |LAWYER FOR ASYLUM SEEKER HAMID KEHAZAEI CONFIDENT OF INQUEST INTO HIS DEATH The lawyer representing the asylum seeker who died after cutting his foot at the Manus Island detention centre is confident his death will be ruled as a "death in custody", triggering an inquest.
1/07/2014 |YAGOONA MAN RYAN KITCHING ASKS DRIVER OF CAR THAT STRUCK HIM TO COME FORWARD RYAN Kitching has a simple message for the driver of the car who knocked him off his bike and shattered his pelvis in Yagoona this year – “please come forward”...
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