The changes to the Itemised Scale of Costs in the Family Law Rules apply from 1 January 2018.
Commentary has been added to the Property Settlement, Children and Divorce publications on discontinuance and summary dismissal of proceedings. The necessary forms have also been linked to the relevant matter plans.
See Bigg and Suzi  FamCA 14 (5 March 1998) where the Court said that not only did it have power to summarily dismiss an
application which could not succeed, but also the Court had inherent power to dismiss or permanently stay an application.
From 2 November 2017 the time a response to related application must be filed and served in the Federal Circuit Court is extended from 14 days to 28 days: r 4.03(3). See Federal Circuit Rules 2001 for amendments to Schedule 1 – Costs.
See the ‘Reference Manual – 101 Family Law Answers’ for interesting commentary on some of the lesser known aspects of parenting orders as well as commentary regarding the inability to subpoena certain Government agencies.
These can be found in the Children chapter:
- Authenticated consent
- Registration of Australian parenting orders overseas
- Registration of overseas parenting orders in Australia
And in the newly established chapter on Subpoenas:
Subpoenas – ATO, Centrelink and Child Support Registrar
Overall, the Family Law Act largely provides the same rights for de facto couples as for married persons. However there are differences which can make the process more arduous, complex and costly for de facto couples.
A new financial agreement was published today in order to take into account the decision in Piper and Mueller. It covers both the requirements of during a de facto relationship under Part VIIIAB (s90UC) and the subsequent marriage under Part VIIIA (s90B). There is an informative commentary to go with it.
The new precedent is titled Combined financial agreement s90UC and s90B – During de facto relationship and subsequent marriage.
From 2 November 2017 the time a response to related application must be filed and served is extended from 14 days to 28 days: subrule 4.03(3).
See Federal Circuit Rules 2001 for minor amendments to Schedule 1 – Costs.
The itemised scale of costs contained within the family law costs agreements have been updated. 4 July 2017.
The family law costs agreements have been updated to reflect the new scale for itemised costs.