Divorce or Separation from your partner can be an extremely traumatic experience, not only for the parties involved but also for any children of the relationship. It is essential that your family law representative understands your situation and provides you with clear practical advice.
There is no power under the Property (Relationships) Act to deal with children of a De Facto Relationship. Any dispute involving children of a De Facto Relationship are heard under the Family Law Act either in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Magistrates Court. Children’s issues may also be heard in New South Wales’ Local Courts, exercising the jurisdiction of the Family Law Act, however, many of these matters are often transferred to either the Federal Magistrates Court or the Family Court of Australia.
For more information please refer to our Disputes Involving Children page.