Fast tracked family law process for disputes relating to COVID-19

If you have existing parenting arrangements/parenting orders that are not being complied with as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, you may be able to file an application in the national COVID-19 list.

The COVID-19 list provides a “fast-tracked” list that is dedicated to dealing with urgent family law disputes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How does it work?

 You MUST satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. The application has been filed as a result of the COVID pandemic;
  2. The matter is urgent;
  3. You have made reasonable attempts to resolve the issues (if it is safe for you to do so), but were unsuccessful; and
  4. The matter is able to be dealt with by way of telephone or web conference.

What constitutes “a result of” the COVID-19 pandemic?

The circumstances are not limited, but may include:

  1. COVID vaccination disagreement;
  2. Travel restrictions (parties that live in different states and the child/ren cannot travel due to the restrictions);
  3. Failure to comply with parenting arrangements/parenting orders;
  4. An increase/escalation of family violence; and
  5. Medical (the parties and/or child have tested positive for COVID and cannot fulfill parenting obligations due to sickness or risk of infection).

If you require urgent legal assistance for any other issues related to COVID-19, our family law team can help you. Contact us on 02) 4324 5688 or

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