family-law Blog

Conception occurs in many ways: traditional conception, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, sperm or egg donation in the clinical sense and sperm donation in the informal sense.

In the case of Masson and Parsons & Ors (2019), (pseudonyms used), a woman asked her good friend to donate sperm so that she could have a child. They made an informal agreement and subsequently she fell pregnant by way of artificial insemination resulting in the birth of a child in 2007.

In 2015, the mother and her de facto partner wished to relocate to New Zealand. As the sperm donor had been involved in the child’s life for...

Australia: Parenting Orders and a Pandemic

Sporting activities are being cancelled, schools might close, grandparents may not be able to care for children and self-quarantine is recommended for sick children and their parents and perhaps...

Mediation in Parenting Duties

Many disputing couples understand mediation in parenting matters is “compulsory” prior to either party filing a parenting application in the Court. Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975 requires...

Parental alienation in family law disputes

When the romantic relationship between parents breaks down, parental alienation is sometimes used as an unfair tactic to harm one parent's relationship with their children. There are remedies...