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Family law

AGS lawyers from OGC have strong experience in advising on a wide range of family law issues including the development, amendment, review and interpretation of legislation. AGS Dispute Resolution lawyers also advise on issues that are closely connected to proceedings that arise in the context of family disputes. In particular, we have a large child support practice. Our experience includes:

  • advising on proceedings commenced under the Federal Circuit Court Rules for the enforcement of child support debt
  • advising on overseas orders for maintenance also commenced in the Family Court under the Family Law Act 1975 (FLA)
  • intervening in Family Court proceedings to protect the Tax Commissioner's interests as a creditor of one or both parties to a marriage. These are sensitive matters, usually attended by emotional pressures not often evident in ordinary debt-recovery proceedings. Further, they often raise difficult questions about balancing the competing interests of creditors and the parties to the marriage, children and other dependants.
  • significant experience in the conduct of international child abduction matters on behalf of the Commonwealth Central Authority under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • legal advice and assistance with the legislative development and design of conciliation and arbitration provisions, mandatory property mediation and practitioner accreditation in the context of the family law legislative scheme
  • advice on ways in which parenting matters (under Part VII of the FLA) could be resolved through ‘arbitration’
  • advising on issues relating to introducing mediation into Hague Convention access matters (at first instance) and abduction matters pursuant to the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986 and the intersection of such processes with the family dispute resolution regime of the FLA and the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008
  • advice in relation to the application of s 69J of the FLA to the Youth Court of South Australia, specifically the ability of judicial officers of that Court to make parenting orders under the FLA
  • advice on proposed amendments to the FLA to recognise State and Territory proceeds-of-crime legislation in the context of binding financial agreements and property settlements
  • advice in relation to the extent to which powers conferred on judicial officers by s 94(2D) of the FLA may be delegated to a Registrar of the Family Court.

  Dr Genevieve Ebbeck Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7080
  Justin Davidson Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7240
  Leo Hardiman Deputy General Counsel 02 6253 7074
  Guy Aitken QC Chief General Counsel 02 6253 7084
  Dale Watson
Special Counsel Dispute Resolution 02 9581 7660
  Luke Akele Senior Lawyer 02 6253 7111
  Rachel Deane Senior Lawyer 02 9581 7464