Steven Ng

The National Contravention List – Family Law matters

In September 2021, a new National Contravention List was established to deal with contravention applications filed in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Contraventions of orders affecting children are covered by Division 13A of Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975. Contraventions of orders not affecting children, such as property orders, are …

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Transfer Duty (formerly Stamp Duty) Exemptions and Family Law

Transfer duty is payable on property transactions in NSW. It is administered by Revenue NSW. Transfer duty is payable when you buy: Property Investment property Vacant land or farming property Commercial or industrial property; or A business, including land This is relevant in a family law property settlement, when one party seeks to retain the …

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The Family Law Inquiry: What is it and why should you care?

What is it? On 17 September 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Government will undertake a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the Family Law system. The Inquiry will look at whether the current system, which is intended to support parents and …

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Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) – Recommendations for Family Law System

The ALRC commenced an inquiry into the Family Law system on 27 September 2017. The Final Report was delivered on 31 March 2019. The primary recommendations of the ALRC were: 1. Closing the Jurisdictional Gap. The most significant recommendation is to abolish the Federal Family Courts, being the Family Court of Australia and family law …

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Ban on Cross Examination in Family Law Domestic Violence cases

The Family Law Act was recently changed. These changes were to ban personal cross-examination in family law proceedings involving allegations of family violence. This new legislation only applies in specific circumstances from 10 September 2019 (6 months after the commencement of the amendments). The Court is also now required to use other protections for victims …

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