A Family Law dispute has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what can I do?
The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have now established a COVID-19 List to give urgent attention to Family Law disputes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This means that your matter will be prioritised and heard by a Judge within 72 hours of being assessed as “eligible”.
Am I eligible for the COVID-19 List?
You will be eligible for the COVID-19 List if:
Your dispute has arisen as a direct result of COVID-19;
Your matter is urgent;
If safe to do so, reasonable attempts have been made to resolve the issue, but were unsuccessful; and
Your matter must be capable of being dealt with by electronic via video-link or telephone.
Examples of matters that may be suitable for the COVID-19 List
Supervised contact: your current parenting arrangements involve supervised contact, and the contact centre is closed or the supervisor is unable to perform their role, and you cannot agree on an alternative arrangement.
Border restrictions: you live in different States or Territories and the child cannot travel between your residences due to border restrictions.
Medical: someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19 and cannot fulfil their parenting obligations due to sickness or concerns of infection.
Family violence: there has been an increase in risk of family violence as a result of the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What happens next?
If you believe any of the above applies to you or you have a general family law enquiry, please contact a member of our Family Law Team so we can assist you in understanding the most appropriate options for you and your family.
RNG Lawyers appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic is extremely hard on families and we remain open and here to support you.