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5 01, 2014

Family Law – Recognition by Australian Courts of Foreign Divorce Orders

Recently in Anderson & McIntosh [2013] FamCAFC the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia was asked to consider whether an Argentinian Divorce Order was a “divorce order” within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). The unanimous decision of the Court was that it was not. (more…)

9 12, 2013

Christmas operating hours for the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia

If you have a family law dispute that you are contemplating filing (or have recently filed) then you should take note of when the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court are sitting over the Christmas / New Year period (other than for emergent circumstances). (more…)

9 12, 2013

Closure of the Courts over Christmas

The Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts of Queensland have released their (reduced) operating hours for the Christmas period. They can be found below.  (more…)

9 12, 2013

Preserving confidentiality in mediation

Parties in dispute will generally hear mediators and lawyers say that the information discussed during a mediation is “confidential” and / or “without prejudice” but what does that really mean?


19 11, 2013

Coles | Woolworths Adopt Mediation as part of new Code of Conduct

A dispute resolution process for suppliers and retailers, including mediation and arbitration, will be set up.


13 11, 2013

Overworked, crowded Courts now sitting on weekends

MAGISTRATES will start sitting on weekends in an unprecedented move as Victoria’s prison overcrowding crisis worsens. Chief Magistrate Peter Lauristen announced today Melbourne’s Magistrates’ Court would sit on Saturdays and Sundays starting this week.


11 11, 2013

Want to see your Children over Christmas?

For parties in dispute about parenting arrangements, getting a resolution to (at least) seeing their Children at Christmas is important. If you have not yet obtained a mediation certificate then you may not be able to file in the Court system in time before the cut-off date for hearings before Christmas. Don’t worry, Affirmative Mediations can assist! (more…)

28 10, 2013

Fair Work Commission case against Craig Thomson goes to mediation

The Fair Work Commission’s case against Craig Thomson will go to mediation, but the former Labor MP has lost a bid to have it heard in Sydney to keep his costs down as a “recently unemployed” parliamentarian.


28 10, 2013

Brisbane Lions board to attend AFL mediation

There are only two possible outcomes from the AFL’s intervention into the board dispute at Brisbane –chairman Angus Johnson stands down or the Emergency General Meeting is called immediately.

28 10, 2013

Mandatory Mediation before going to Court for Parenting Disputes

Unless certain exceptions are met (as outlined below), section 60I of the Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 states that persons who have a dispute about parenting matters must make a genuine effort to resolve such dispute(s) by family dispute resolution before a parenting order is applied for through the Court.