May 13 2022

Welcome Daniel Rod

Ramsden Family Law is excited to welcome accomplished Family Lawyer, Daniel Rod, to the team. Daniel brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the Ramsden Family Law team and to his position as Senior Associate. [...]

Apr 28 2022

Drug Testing in Family Law Matters

Drug testing may be a necessary process in your family law matter where one party has an allegation of drug use against them. The court may order a hair follicle test, urine analysis, or blood test, to obtain results of a drug test, depending on the circumstances of the matter. It is essential to determine the existence and extremity of any drug use present in a parenting matter to ensure the best interests of the child are not undermined. A positive drug test result will likely affect a parent’s time with the child. This includes recreational drug use, which is less severe than drug use due to dependency but is still taken into account. [...]

Apr 07 2022

Adult adoption in NSW

Adoption is not only possible for children and young persons under the age of 18. Adult adoption is available for those persons over the age of 18 years who are interested in being adopted, either by a stepparent or other carer, to formalise your familial relationship. The Ramsden Family Law team explores the laws and regulations around adult adoption and the steps involved in filing an adult adoption application in the Supreme Court of NSW. [...]

Mar 25 2022

Can my ex partner claim on my estate when I die?

Can my ex-partner claim on my estate when I die [...]

owns an embryo

Mar 16 2022

Who gets the embryos after separation?

Essentially, any agreements made regarding the embryos must have confirmed consent by the parties, both when the agreement is initially made, and renewed after the time of the separation [...]

matthew shepherd

Sep 29 2021

Welcome Matthew Shepherd

The Ramsden Family Law team are excited to have welcomed the established Matthew Shepherd to the firm. Matthew joins our growing Sydney team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and skills to his position as Special Counsel. [...]

Same-sex Parents who Separate

Sep 28 2021

Same-sex Parents Who Separate: Who gets the Children

Earlier this year, Partner Reece Ramsden and Associate Sophie Goossens were invited to shed light on the prominent topic ‘Same-sex Parents who Separate: Who gets the children', with the notable BenchTV. [...]

inheritance and property settlements

Sep 22 2021

Will an inheritance impact my property settlement?

If you have received an inheritance or expect to receive one shortly and you are in the middle of a separation, can your inheritance form part of the divisible asset pool? The Ramsden Lawyers team explores the various considerations that go into determining whether an inheritance will form part of the asset pool. [...]

family court merge

Sep 01 2021

Introducing the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

In February 2021, new legislation was introduced to merge the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. As of 1 September 2021, the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFC) is in operation. This article discusses the key points and main takeaways of this change. [...]

what is child support

Aug 12 2021

What is child support?

Going through a separation or divorce with a child or children can raise all sorts of questions regarding your financial stability. In order to ensure that your child/ren are well maintained and cared for, you may need to discuss child support with your ex-partner. We explore in what circumstances does child support have to be paid, how you can apply, how it is assessed and the different methods of collection. [...]