I’m a grandparent. I want to spend time with my grandchild. What can I do?

Grandparents often play a significant role in a child’s life. The Family Court recognises the importance of the relationship between a grandparent and a child. In circumstances where a grandparent is not being afforded the opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren, a grandparent can make an application to the Family Court for ‘spend time with’ orders.
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Surrogacy family cleared of abandoning child in Thailand

The Family Court of Western Australia has ruled that the baby with Down syndrome at the centre of an international surrogacy dispute in 2014 (“Baby Gammy”) was not abandoned in Thailand by his Australian parents. Twins were born in Thailand in December 2013 to a Thai surrogate mother, using the Australian man’s sperm and donor eggs, after the Australian parents were unable to conceive a baby. The parents returned to Australia with one of the twins in February 2014 and
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Court orders cancer treatment for boy after parents refuse treatment.

A six-year-old boy will be given chemotherapy for a malignant brain tumour after an order from the Western Australian Family Court following his parents refusal for treatment. The West Australian reports that a doctor from Princess Margaret Hospital took legal action after the boy’s parents refused chemotherapy and radiotherapy for their son who was diagnosed with the disease in December. The Family Court ruled treatment should start the Sunday after the boy’s planned birthday party with the parents having also
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