Re a Declaration Regarding Medical Treatment for “A” [2020] QSC 389

The recognition of gender dysphoria and the acceptance and normalisation of people (and especially young people) experiencing gender dysphoria has led to an increase in cases relating to young people receiving treatments.  Treatments for gender dysphoria fall into three stages.  Stage 1 treatment is puberty blocking and is a treatment which is reversible, Stage 2 […][Read more..]

Clayton v Bant [2020] HCA 44

This case was an appeal from the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia to the High Court of Australia on the question of whether divorce proceedings in the United Arab Emirates precluded proceedings in the Family Court of Australia. The High Court overturned the Full Court’s decision, thereby allowing property proceedings in Australia. […][Read more..]

Re: Imogen (No. 6) [2020] FamCA 761

The decision of Re: Imogen (No. 6) is the most recent development of the legal system’s understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria. Imogen, aged 16 years and 8 months and formerly known as Thomas, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. She wished to progress to stage 2 gender affirming treatment after having undergone stage 1 puberty suppression […][Read more..]

Cantrell & North and Anor [2020] FAMCAFC 175

The Full Court of the Family Court dismissed a couple’s appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision to declare an order for the transfer of property to be void. The Full Court dismissed the appeal as the parties ‘wrongfully’ obtained Consent orders in the joint quest to defeat creditors. The Full Court found that Consent orders […][Read more..]

DeLuca v Farnham [2019] FamCAFC 100

The Full Court found that the primary judge had erred in preventing overseas travel without considering the matter of Line v Line (1997) FLC 92-729 (“Line v Line”). The primary judge ruled that neither party be allowed to travel outside Australia without either obtaining the written consent of the other or an Order of the […][Read more..]

Sagilde v Magee [2018] FamCAFC 143

Procedural fairness matter A principle embedded in universal legal practice is a litigant’s right to procedural fairness in court proceedings. This includes the right of a litigant to: Know the case advanced against that party’s interest; Have the reasonable opportunity to answer that case; Have the reasonable opportunity to dispute an opponent’s case by cross-examination […][Read more..]

Masson v Parsons [2019] HCA 21

Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Nettle and Gordon JJ Edelman J (dissenting) The appellant was a friend of the first respondent however, at no time were they in a relationship. In 2006, the appellant provided his semen to the first respondent with the intention that he would be the father of the child and provide […][Read more..]

Newnhams featured in Doyles Guide

Newnhams Solicitors has been recognised as a leading ‘Family & Divorce Law Firm’ in Sydney as well as Australia-wide in 2018. Newnhams partners Glenn Thompson and John Chapple have also been recognised as ‘leading’ and ‘recommended’ family & divorce lawyers respectively. Both Glenn and John were also recommended as ‘Parenting & Children’s Matters’ lawyers...[Read more..]

Same-sex marriage passed into law

Between September and November this year, Australian’s were asked whether they thought same-sex marriage should be permitted in Australia. The overwhelming result of this postal survey was that the Australian public believed that same-sex marriages should be allowed...[Read more..]

Two sides of the same story

Family law is one of the most contentious and heated areas the law has to deal with, particularly when there are children involved. There is not always a single issue that family lawyers and courts need to resolve....[Read more..]