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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.
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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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29/08/2014 |COPYRIGHT – EVEN MONKEYS GET IT Have you heard the one about the monkey that stole a camera and took a grinning selfie that went around the world? The crested black macaque’s cheeky grin appeared everywhere...
25/08/2014 |COURT BACKS CONDITIONS SET IN A WILL A recent Supreme Court case highlights how a person making a will can legally stipulate conditions on those who are to benefit from their estate. A father refused to leave an inheritance to four of his children unless they converted from Jehovah’s Witnesses to Roman Catholic within three months of him dying...
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”...
10/06/2014 |Taree and district - take a bow "CULTURE and creativity are integral parts of every great city and with its fine teachers, the Manning Entertainment Centre and you, the entrants, Taree and district can take a bow." Tim Stack smiles with pride as he talks about the Taree and District Eisteddfod, of which he has been president since 1978.
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