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Obtaining a passport for a child when one parent won’t consent

Richard Bartram outlines two options for consideration where a parent (whose consent is required) refuses to sign a child’s passport application.


TAC Compensation Process

Download our guide that visually describes the process of claiming TAC compensation.


WorkCover Compensation Process

Download our guide that visually describes the process of claiming WorkCover compensation.


COVID-19 and binding child support agreements

In a recent decision of Martyn & Martyn [2020], the Family Court of Australia accepted that the economic effects of COVID-19 can amount to ‘exceptional circumstances’ when setting aside a binding child support agreement.


Extension of powers for PSOs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; a call for concern

With an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, comes an increase in, and visibility of, Police and PSOs. What does this deployment and additional powers mean for public safety?


Defining ‘Full Time Student’ for beneficial legislation

This recent case of Marsh v Transport Accident Commission [2020] VSC 228 now provides that a full-time student can be “extending to a student who has completed year 12, has either applied for an offer of a tertiary place or enrolled in a tertiary course, and is waiting for the academic period to commence.”


WorkCover: You cannot be serious!

John McEnroe’s famous edict can strike a shiver down the spine of any plaintiff personal injury lawyer. This is because proof of ‘serious injury’ is the threshold for making a common law claim for damages under either the WorkCover or TAC schemes.


Family Courts launch COVID-19 List to deal with urgent parenting disputes

Commencing today (29 April 2020) the Australian Family Courts have established a court list dedicated to deal exclusively with urgent parenting-related disputes that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Family Law Proceedings and COVID-19

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia understand the significant impact of COVID-19 on families.


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