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March 6, 2019

Settle by Sunday

Ever thought “I just want my divorce done!” or “separating through lawyers is expensive”?Well guess what – we are here to challenge those misconceptions!If you, or a couple you know, is ready to settle their separation in a weekend – we want to hear from you!We want to give you...

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October 9, 2018

FGD Launches AI Tool

We wanted to make something that would set us apart from other lawyers from the moment you enter our website.Before you’ve ever stepped into our office, and before we’ve charged you a single billable unit, we wanted to give you an idea of how the Family Law works and the things you need to consider if you are going through a separation.

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August 22, 2018

Truffles and a Will – two things that should be on your shopping list, not your bucket list!

Recently the FGD Estates team hosted an intimate event at The Truffle Farm which was an opportunity for us to treat a small group of our professional contacts to a really memorable event. We all loved it and came away with some unexpected parallels between truffles and estate planning.

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August 3, 2018

Does Australia have no fault divorce?

What happens when you marry, and then the relationship breaks down and you and/or your spouse is wanting to leave the relationship? Imagine if you had to prove fault on behalf of your spouse to obtain a divorce, and where should the law draw that line?

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July 19, 2018

How to prepare for a ‘grey divorce’

In this guest post, Financial Planner, Lynette Murray talks about divorce after 50.   If you are over 50 and contemplating a divorce, there are a number of things to consider that can make your situation different from that of someone at a different stage of life.  While divorce at...

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June 8, 2018

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Merger

On the 30 May the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced that the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia will be merged into a single court to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA). The new court will start to operate from 1 January 2019....

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May 3, 2018

After separation does the spouse in the home get credit?

It is not uncommon that following a separation one party remains in the family home and pays the mortgage instalments and the other party leaves and accommodates themselves elsewhere, usually paying rent. 

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May 3, 2018

Monetary Gifts

  When parents give money … It is fairly common that in a property settlement an issue arises about how to treat a gift made to the couple by one of their parents.  It is quite common for parents to assist their children by a gift, or by loan which...

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May 3, 2018

Why can’t we be friends?

When I started here it was 2006.  James Blunt was big and nobody had an iPhone yet.  The family law community in Canberra looked pretty different – in fact the only ‘big’ firm that existed then that exists in the same form now was Farrar Gesini Dunn.  In fairness we...

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May 2, 2018

Making Arrangements For Your Child

If you have recently separated from your partner and are considering making arrangements for your child or children, it may be useful to be aware of certain information. It is my hope that with this preliminary information, you and your former partner might start to rethink the way that you...

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May 1, 2018

Disclosure – what does it mean and why do it?

The Rules of the courts which operate under the Family Law Act contain requirements that each party make a “full and true disclosure” of all documents relevant to the matter, whether helpful or unhelpful to their case.

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January 22, 2018

Oh Why Bother?… with a Will

I am often asked the question, “Why should anyone bother to invest time and money into making a Will when it can be challenged anyway? or “Why bother with a Will at all?”It seems that they don’t uphold the person’s wishes even if there is a Will, so why bother?”...

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