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In Family Law, a parenting order is a legal agreement about how separated parents divide the responsibility to take care of their children. These agreements are sensitive. As such they are important to respect – but can be violated by either parent who isn’t careful about observing them.
We’ll take you through first what a parenting order is, and what the requirements are. Then we’ll advise you on your options if one party has breached the parenting order.
Under the Family Law Act 1975, a person has a responsibility to assist their former partner financially, whether they were married or in a de facto relationship, if that former partner cannot meet their own reasonable living expenses from their income or assets. […]
The term “step-parent “is defined in the Family Law Act 1975 to mean a person who, in relation to a child:
a) is not a parent of the child; and b) is or has been married to, or is or was a de facto partner of a parent of the child; and c) treats, or at any time while married to, or as a de facto partner of the parent (this includes same-sex couples) treated, the child as a member of the family.
If you are thinking about making an application to the Family Court for orders relating to Property, Financial Maintenance, Child Related Proceedings, or for a Divorce, it is important to understand whether you are eligible to make an application.
On 22 November 2016, the WA State Parliament passed the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) and it has taken effect as the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2016 (WA) (the Amending Act). The Amending Act commenced on 15 December 2016, but certain reforms are phased in over time.
The amendments aim at addressing the construction industry issues such as unscrupulous and insolvent contractors, and assisting smaller and exposed subcontractors. […]
Given an ongoing trend of dog attacks and increasing community concern, local governments are becoming increasingly active in prosecuting owners of dogs which attack people or other animals. The Dog Act 1976 (WA) contains a number of offences dealing with dog attacks. By the creation of various offences, the Act in effect imposes a number of onerous obligations on owners to ensure they properly control their dogs. For example, it is an offence under the Act where a dog attacks or chases a person or another animal.
When dealing with parenting orders (which include residence orders and contact orders), the law’s main concern is to ensure that the child’s best interests are met by being protected from physical or psychological harm and having both parents involved meaningfully in their lives if possible. Many factors are considered by the Family Court in deciding what parenting orders are in a child’s best interests.