What is a binding financial agreement?

A binding financial agreement (referred to in various sections of the family Law Act 1975 (Cth) as a ‘financial agreement’) refers to an agreement made between parties either before their marriage or de-facto relationship, during their marriage or de-facto relationship or post-separation. Agreements made prior to a marriage or de-facto relationship can also be referred

To record or not to record, recorded conversations between parties to a family law dispute

The regulation of surveillance and listening devices is, in Victoria, set out in the Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic). The Act defines surveillance and listening devices in some detail. Unequivocally, a mobile telephone, iPad or other tablet device, dictaphone or tape recorder are all considered either listening or surveillance devices under the Act. The Act

Grandparent’s Rights

When there is a relationship breakdown in a family it is not only the children and the separating spouses that suffer. Grandparents that have had an important role with their grandchildren also go through the turmoil brought about by the separation.  Often grandparents have been the main caregiver. Often, the grandparents have been in almost

Family Law and Travelling Overseas

Contact Just Family Law on 9793 7888 if you want to take the children away for an overseas holiday and you don’t have your ex-partner’s agreement. If you do not have your ex-partner’s agreement and they apply for court orders, you are likely to be ordered to return the children.  Travelling overseas with a child


A 'divorce' is a straightforward administrative change to your legal status: you go from being married, to being not married. 1: Married couples can apply for a divorce 12 months after the date you and your spouse finally separated. However, you can restart the relationship once for a 3 month period without disrupting the 12 month

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is one of the most misunderstood areas of family law so we decided to write a brief article about it. There can be a need for one spouse to continue to financially support the other after a relationship breakdown.  This applies to married, de facto or same sex couples relationships.  This is termed

Lesbian Separation

If you are a lesbian experiencing a family law separation, we understand the issues and aim to achieve a successful and fair outcome, whilst providing a welcome environment. Australian law recognises that same-sex couples and their children are entitled to receive the same level of protection under the law as heterosexual couples and their families.