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21/04/2015

Representing Yourself – It’s Not Easy

The High Court has said “lack of legal knowledge is a misfortune, not a privilege”. The Family Law Courts and the staff of those courts give people who represent themselves the maximum assistance they can, but the courts have an obligation to be impartial. There is only so much that...

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17/04/2015

Returning To Work After Baby

I have been anxiously awaiting returning to work after some time off on maternity leave following the birth of my second son. Will I remember the law and what does a Court room look like again (just joking)? Will I be able to maintain intellectual and academic conversations with adults and...

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26/11/2014

Separation for the under 30’s

Separation is not a topic you want to think about when you’re young and in love and starting your life with your significant other. However, it is a sad reality that sometimes things just don’t work out. Hearing a term such as ‘property settlement’ or ‘parenting order’, you may think...

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10/11/2014

We’re Moving and Changing the Way We Work!

Farrar Gesini Dunn and Certus Law have together built great new premises which will enable us to enjoy the benefits of being located on the same floor and remaining secure and independent from one another. We changed the way we work. Its called Activity Based Working (ABW) and there’s no...

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28/10/2014

“It’s Time” for No Fault Divorce and the Family Law Act

My colleagues will be surprised I’m writing about Gough Whitlam but as politicians go he’s pretty universally appreciated and one reason for that is the Family Law Act. 

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04/09/2014

The Talk and moving in

If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, then you may recall the episode where Aidan suggests that he buys Carrie’s apartment and the one next door, and that he and Carrie move in together. Carrie’s response is, “Is all this happening because my building is going co-cop? Is...

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01/09/2014

ACT Young Lawyer of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Jessica Kennedy – 2014 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year. To find out more about Jess, read the ACT Law Society Media Release regarding the 2014 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year, visit Jess’s profile, read her Thesis, or keep reading below… In 2013, Jess...

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26/08/2014

No parents rights

When families are together, children usually get to see their parents every day. It’s when families separate that the children end up feeling unsure about when they will next see the other parent who they don’t live with. It’s always best for separated parents to agree on the time the...

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19/08/2014

Can I get an annulment?

This is a question that is regularly asked in family law. “I married my wife with the understanding that we were going to live together happily ever after, but then she ran off with Julio. Can I get our marriage annulled?” First of all, you need to appreciate that we...

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11/08/2014

Baby Gammy and the Surrogacy Arrangement

The recent story of Baby Gammy and the surrogacy arrangement two Australian parents had with a Thai Surrogate has certainly generated discussion about surrogacy and the law that surrounds it. Over the last week, I have heard people ask: “Isn’t surrogacy illegal in Australia?”, ”Don’t the parents have a legal...

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04/08/2014

Ripping off the bandaid – seeing a Family Lawyer

Meeting with a family lawyer is not high on many people’s wish list. It can be a bit like going to the dentist, you put if off until you absolutely have to go, often when its too late. But much like going to the dentist, when you do eventually pluck...

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28/07/2014

Can I move away with my children?

This week I put the question out there to my family and friends – what family law topic do people want to hear about? I had some interesting replies, but one of the serious ones was whether a parent can move towns or states with their children if they have...

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