Family Law

Top tips for navigating Mother’s Day as separated or divorced parents

One of the most difficult decisions parents face during a separation or after divorce is working out family days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthdays. As this Sunday is Mother’s Day, we wanted to share a couple of our tips to help make the day as enjoyable for mum and the children as […]


Consideration of the ‘best interests of the child’ must go beyond the Court System

The Australian family law system is built on the foundation that the Court must take into consideration ‘the best interests of the child’ when making any decisions regarding children. Whilst such considerations are vital when providing Court orders to be adhered to by parents with respect to parenting arrangements, it is equally important for parents […]


Beware the perils of self-representation

Some years back Brad and Jane separated.  There were two very young children of the marriage.  Jane had been the primary carer, while Brad assumed the role of financial provider.  When the couple parted, they did so amicably.  They managed to organise time with the children and their day-to-day finances informally.  Jane stayed in the […]


Does a BFA pursuant to s90UC only provide limited protection to assets acquired after a de facto relationship has broken down?

Clients often enter into a financial agreement to protect their assets in the event of the breakdown of the relationship, including inheritances that they anticipate receiving post separation. The Supreme Court of Victoria – Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment in the case of Orwin v Rickards [2020] VSCA 225, which concerned a […]

Family Law

COVID-19 Co-parenting

  Going through separation and divorce is stressful enough at the best of times, and with the current health crisis COVID  – 19, it can make things even more distressing.  How to implement co – parenting arrangements and how to comply with current Parenting Orders are some of the questions that are concerning parents the […]

Family Law

De Saxe O’Neill Family Lawyers & COVID – 19

  At De Saxe O’Neill Family Lawyers, we understand it is a worrying time for all under this COVID – 19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are trying to reduce the impact on you as much as possible, and would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will continue to deliver reliable and a […]

Family Dispute

Equal Shared Parental Responsibility – a Misunderstood Concept in Family Law

By Margie O’Neill 2 October 2019 The Family Law Act refers to parents having ‘parental responsibility’ for the child of the relationship and the Court may make an order for parental responsibility to be ‘equal’ (shared by both parents) or ‘sole’ (exercised by one parent). Equal shared parental responsibility is not parents having equal time […]

Family Law

5 Tips to help you through a separation

Going through separation and divorce can be one of the most painful and distressing times that you have experienced, regardless of whether or not you initiated the separation. Here are a few tips to help make your life a little bit easier whilst going through this difficult period. Try to relax and look after yourself […]

Collaborative Law

Court or Collaborative practice?

When considering how to resolve your Family Law dispute, many people think court is the only option. Little is known about Collaborative Practice but it is a widely used alternative way to resolve your Family Law matter. A court case recently reported in the media shows the downside of being caught up in the court […]

Family Law

Stepfamilies and The Blended family

Stepfamilies and the blended family Step-parenting is a common experience in our society. When it comes to step-parenting it is the best interests of the children that must come first and will require delicate handling.  It can take years for a family to rebuild, so it is wise to be aware of this and be […]

Family Law

Merger of The Family court and the Federal Circuit court

On 30 May 2018 the Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the merger of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, with the merged court commencing on 1 January 2019. This comes in the middle of a review of the Australian Family Law system commissioned by the former Attorney- General and being undertaken by the […]


  • The Law sociaty of NSW
  • Doyles - Family Law 2020
  • Doyles - Family Law 2022
  • Family Law Section - Law Council of Australia - Member 2021/2022
  • Collaborative Professionals (NSW) inc

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