Children’s Passports – The Law

Children’s Passports – The Law

Under Australian law, everyone, including children and newborn infants, must be issued with their own passports if they are to travel overseas. If your child is born overseas and you want to bring him/her back to Australia, or have children through overseas surrogacy...
Proving Parentage

Proving Parentage

Parentage issues may arise in family law matters concerning the parenting of children, or in deceased estate matters where biological children of the deceased stand to inherit a legacy. Why is parentage important? Proving parentage is important because only parents...
Planning to Fail or Failing To Plan?

Planning to Fail or Failing To Plan?

Should I have a Prenup? People would be forgiven for thinking that Australia is a nation of divorcees – there seems to be so much in the media about it. However, the actual position is somewhat surprising with ABS* statistics showing that divorce rates in Australia...
Sperm Donor of Father?

Sperm Donor of Father?

A sperm donor will normally be presumed not to be the legal father of any resulting children. As such, a donor would not usually be able to seek a Parenting Order in respect to the child born of their genetic material. A recent Family Court case details a set of...
Do Godparents have any rights?

Do Godparents have any rights?

Some confusion exists as to whether godparents have legal rights; they do not. The role of the godparent is a spiritual one, without any legal obligations, responsibilities or rights. A parent may request in their Will that the godparents become legal carers should...