The By Lawyers reference manual 101 Family Law Answers has been updated with recent cases in the following sections:
Arbitration in family law
See Palgrove & Palgrove  FCCA 846 at - for a discussion of arbitrability and the court’s jurisdiction to facilitate arbitration.
Dunworth & Falletti  FamCA 178 where the balance of convenience favoured the grant of restraint.
Rahman & Rahman  FamCA 156 where the husband’s appeal failed against an injunction that restrained him from leaving Australia until a lump sum payment was made.
Orders – Variation and the rule in Rice & Asplund
See Findlay & Reis  FCCA 425 for an application to vary a parenting order, which was dismissed in accordance with the principles in Rice & Asplund.
Franklyn & Franklyn  FamCAFC 256 where a mother’s unilateral relocation was allowed on appeal, as she was still able to adhere to interim consent orders for the father’s fortnightly contact.
Soulos & Sorbo  FamCAFC 231 where the father’s appeal was allowed to set aside the parenting orders permitting the mother and child to relocate overseas.
Section 75(2) factors – Disparity in financial positions
In Metzer & Metzer  FCCA 119 the wife was unable to establish a 10% likely loss of earnings on the evidence presented. An adjustment of 2% only was made in favour of the wife.
Five factors were listed at  that are usually considered when determining residual earning capacity:
- physical capacity, including the reasonable restrictions required by reason of injuries;
- psychological capacity, taking into account any necessary restrictions, of which there was no evidence in this case;
- vocational capacity, for suitable jobs within suitable occupations, including all of her education, training and experience and transferable skills;
- labour market, including factors such as the existence of such jobs in the real world labour market which is to be considered, including any barriers to entry and competitiveness including by reason of work history and age; and
- earnings, including the likely range of earnings for such available jobs by reference to reliable published labour market statistics or current labour market research information.
101 Family Law Answers is a valuable resource for practitioners. It is available as a related guide and in the reference materials folder in all By Lawyers Family Law publications. It provides more detailed information and relevant cases on the various Family Law matter types – Property Settlement, Children, Financial Agreements and Divorce. It also covers some general procedural issues and the enforcement of orders.