Under the Australian Constitution the Commonwealth Government has the jurisdiction to make laws in relation to divorce and matrimonial causes which includes parental rights and time spent with children otherwise known historically as custody rights.
Up until 1 March, 2009 the Commonwealth Government did not have jurisdiction over de facto relationships and ex-nuptial children.
On 1 March 2009 this all changed and all property applications are now heard for parties from a marriage and a de facto relationship breakdown if separation occurred after that date.
Previously children’s matters for de facto couples were heard in State Courts but since 1 March, 2009 all de facto property matters including de facto children’s matters are heard in either the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.Back to FAQ
The closest train stations are Town Hall, taking the Park Street exit, or St James Station, taking the Elizabeth Street exit. John R Quinn & Co. is on the corner of Park and Elizabeth.
Best parking is in the Domain parking station. Take the moving footway and cross Hyde Park to reach our offices.