Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on the practice of Family Law in Australia, as it has on every other aspect of our lives.
The Family Court recently released a directive from the Chief Justice which provided that the Court expected parties to abide by existing Court Orders in relation to Parenting Agreements. It went on to urge parties to try and resolve any issues that may arise between themselves in these testing times.
Of course, not every dispute between parents can be resolved amicably and the Courts are still open to determine disputes which may arise in relation to parenting and property matters.
At this point in time, the Courts are only seeing people in person in very limited circumstances with most Family Law Hearings proceeding either by way of telephone or audio-visual hook ups. This is likely to continue in the short term at least.
As a result of these issues, it is likely that there will be a large backlog of Family Law cases and accordingly, if you do have problems, whether they be property or children’s matters with a former partner, you should be looking to get them dealt with sooner rather than later.
Please note that paragraph 10 of the Victorian Government “Stay at Home Directions” provide that it is permissible for people to attend at a Lawyer’s office for advice in relation to justice and/or law enforcement system issues.
We are able to help you at short notice should you require any advice in relation to any of these matters by phoning 9725 0377 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.