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Child Support

Child Support is generally determined under the Child Support (Assessment) Act through the Department of Human Services (Child Support) (“the DHS”) rather than the Family Court.  In order to determine the amount of child support payable by a parent, an application needs to be made to the DHS for an

ATW Family Law Policies

At ATW Family Law we are committed to our client’s concerns and needs from start to finish. We are obliged to remain diligent to any possible conflict of interest that may arise in any matter in which we accept instructions. Our conflict of interest policy is designed to ensure to

3 things you need to know about Pre-Nuptial Agreements (prenups)

When you’re beginning a relationship, the last thing that you probably want to think about is what would happen if you separated. However, for a lot of people, having a plan and a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is an effective way to avoid court proceedings and minimise difficulties if the worst should

The Role of the Mediator

The mediator’s roles include controlling the mediation process, facilitating discussion and generally assisting the parties to reach an acceptable agreement. It is not the mediator’s role to act as a legal advisor and it is not the role of the mediator to act as a Judge and to impose outcomes

Preparation for Mediation

Whatever issue is discussed at Mediation, both parties need to undertake some preparation so that the Mediation is fruitful. The sorts of things that each of the parties should be thinking about, and questions they should be asking themselves, include the following:- Think about what you want to talk about

What happens to superannuation on separation?

There are often misconceptions about what happens to superannuation and how it is treated in the event of separation. After separation, when parties are either coming to an agreement about how to divide their property, or asking a Court to make Orders dividing their property, the superannuation interest of each

What is Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice is an alternate dispute resolution methodology which allows parties to work together with their lawyers and other experts to find solutions for their family without Court intervention. Elements of Collaborative Practice Each collaborative practitioner must be specifically trained in collaborative practice; Clients have access to the skills of

Additional Resources

Family Court of Australia

Marriage, families and separation

Dr Jenn McIntosh

Child Support Agency

Practical ideas on developing and maintaining relationships with children after separation

Practical ideas for focusing on the needs of the child, including guidelines for developing parenting arrangements

Relationships Australia

A resource to help parents work out a plan to care for their child.

Relationships Australia and Men's Line Australia

Relationships Australia

Family Law Section

Over the past 10 years, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has conducted multiple large-scale studies of post-separation parenting outcomes. The findings have now been released in an evidence summary.

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