Jul 15 2022

Time Limits in Family Law - How Long Do I Have To Pursue My Matter In Court?

Divorce, property settlement, and spousal maintenance proceedings are all accompanied by Court regulated time limits and constraints and differ depending on whether you are party to a marriage or de facto relationship. There are constrained circumstances to which a party may grant leave from the Court to pursue an action outside of the prescribed time limit. The Court will consider if the party has a genuine reason for applying to the Court outside of these restraints, including the hardship that may be incurred if that party is prevented from applying, and any disadvantage to the other party. If you decide to file an application or commence proceedings, it is important you are aware of the various restrictions. [...]

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Jun 24 2022

Joint Divorce vs Sole Divorce Applications – Which Option Would Work Best For Me?

Making a divorce application in Australia is, generally speaking, a straightforward process and in comparison to some other jurisdictions, it is a quick process. Many ex-spouses will make a joint decision to make an application, in the spirit of cooperation and ensuring the process is as smooth as possible for all parties involved, including any children of the marriage. [...]

May 23 2022

How does the Court deal with parenting disputes about vaccinating children with the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination is a significant area of contention in the current climate of the pandemic. Decisions regarding the vaccination of your child may be affected by parenting disputes and discrepancies in opinion surrounding the COVI-19 vaccine. The Court will often align their decision with current public policy and health advice and the expert opinion of medical professionals. At this point in time, the current public health regime and opinion of medical professionals supports the vaccination of your child and considers it to be in their best interests. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]