Child Support that you are required to pay for your child/children or that you receive on behalf of your child/children is part of a complex legal framework. Child Support payable may be by way of an assessment undertaken by the Department of Human Services, Child Support, colloquially referred to as the Child Support Agency, by private arrangement or by way of a binding child support agreement or limited child support agreement.
Section 60I of the Family Law Act requires that prior to a person commencing court proceedings with respect to parenting matters, the person must have made a genuine effort to resolve the issues in dispute before applying for court orders. You may attend Family Dispute Resolution, colloquially known as mediation, through government funded organisations such as a Relationship Centre, Legal Aid where applicable and also through privately funded mediation conducted by a Certified Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Many clients that we see have shared e mail accounts and passwords with their former partners during the course of their relationship. When that relationship ends, it is important to consider whether or not you wish your partner to be able to continue to access your information. If you don't then the following things are important:
Are you a grandparent who has their grandchildren in their care and needs some legal recognition of this? Are you are grandparent who has concerns about the care and welfare of your grandchildren in their current home environment? Are you a grandparent who was spending time with your grandchildren and your child or their spouse/partner/ex-partner has stopped your time with your grandchildren?
Having a clear, legally valid and up-to-date Will is the best way to help ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
So why do so many Australians seem to put off preparing their Will or try to do it themselves?
The law around Wills can be complex and when you prepare your own Will, you run a real risk of making mistakes, preparing or executing it incorrectly or not expressing your intentions clearly enough. A homemade Will is also more likely to be contested, which means that the whole process could end up in Court.