Urgent family law matters during COVID – the Family Courts have a dedicated list

COVID-19 list with the Family Law Courts for urgent matters

If you are experiencing an urgent family law matter as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have a dedicated court list to triage COVID-19 related family law issues which are of an urgent or priority nature. This list is of critical importance during periods of partial or full lockdown due to COVID-19 given the reduced accessibility of many services.

We hope that everyone is staying safe and well despite the Greater Sydney and surrounds lockdown (July 2021).  If you require urgent assistance in relation to your family law matter, please contact us on 02 9997 2111 so we can make any necessary arrangements for you, including getting an urgent court date.

Examples of matters which can be heard in the COVID-19 list

  • Family violence and suspension of parenting orders due to a family violence order;
  • Issues surrounding a dispute about a child being vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • If parties cannot fulfil parenting obligations due to a party/child/or children testing positive for COVID-19;
  • Travel arrangements for border restrictions;
  • Parties requiring alternatives to the usual supervised contact arrangements due to restrictions;
  • Failure to resume time in accordance with parenting orders or a parenting plan due to COVID-19 restrictions;
  • If a party is a frontline health worker who is having their parenting arrangements impacted by their employment.

Family violence matters and parenting matters tend to be the most highly impacted by COVID.

For more information about your rights and obligations related to parenting matters (including following court orders or other parenting arrangements), you can read our article “Co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Get urgent help

If you or someone you know, is in imminent danger or threat of family violence, you should call 000.

If you are not in imminent danger but you would like to speak to someone regarding family violence, please contact one of the following:

If you require urgent legal assistance for any other issues related to COVID-19, our team of family lawyers are able to assist you.

For more information to arrange a consultation with a lawyer, you can call or email us.

Phone: 02 9997 2111

Email:  info@ealawyers.com.au

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This article is of a general nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. If you require further information, advice or assistance for your specific circumstances, please contact E&A Lawyers.

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Bridget Schultz


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