Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well.
Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
A mother and daughter reunited after their separation in late May.
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History shows that the US court system isn't sympathetic to undocumented migrants when it comes to parental rights.
The nation’s family law system has long been in need of reform and greater resources.
The proposed merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court is intended to address delays and inefficiencies in the system. Experts question, however, how effective the reforms will be.
Our research found that children place the most emphasis on issues such as having the Family Court process and the roles of key players explained to them, and on being heard.
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In the Family Court, respecting what matters to children can help determine how sustainable and workable the arrangements are. Research shows
The ruling comes as a relief to many in the trans community.
Until now, Australia was the only country that required youth with gender dysphoria to seek approval from the Family Court for the second stage of hormone treatments.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
This bit explains what happens if we break up…
Cohabiting couples can sign an agreement to avoid legal uncertainties in the case of a relationship breakdown.
How can dads and daughters reconnect after a divorce?
Daughters across the US feel like their relationship with their father was damaged by their parents' divorce. Here are steps daughters can take to repair that relationship.
The UK's family court system is at breaking point.
Couples filing for divorce have an incentive to pin the blame for marriage breakdown on one person. This should stop.
There are high rates of non-payment, partial payment and late payment of child support.
Any reforms must move beyond a focus on administrative processes to acknowledge the lived experiences of child support which can be disguised by formal policy.
More than 70% of separated parents separate amicably, the data show.
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Separating couples who use the family law system generally have a positive experience - but for a troubled minority, there is still much work to be done.
Families going through breakdown need understanding, but so do lawmakers trying to find fair outcomes from complex laws.
Adding to the trauma of a relationship breaking down, families can find themselves caught in a tangle of state and commonwealth laws.
You may never have heard of this heroine of emancipation.
She didn't even believe in equality, but this Victorian woman's personal struggle against her husband became a matter of national importance.
What if Beauty and the Beast had a prenup?
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Prenuptial agreements often leave one spouse vulnerable in the case of divorce.
The “right to parent” according to one’s own values and proclivities isn’t actually unfettered.
A Family Court "order" for parents of a child to not smoke around him and to limit their alcohol consumption while caring for him have invited the same old accusations about the "nanny state".
Family violence is core business in our courts and an ongoing drain on our economic and social well-being.
We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.
Bad parenting? Bad policy.
It seems there is an emerging cross-party consensus on the need to change the criminal law on child neglect in this country. The most recent manifestation of this new consensus are new proposals to criminalise…
The mother (centre) of the four young girls at the centre of a custody dispute arrives at court hearing in Brisbane.
Last week’s Media Watch programme on the ABC discussed the role of the Australian media in the custody case of four Queensland children that has created headlines across the country over the past few months…