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01/07/2014

Do I Have the Right to See My Children?

As someone who attends the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court on a regular basis, I often hear parents say to the Court “I have a right to see my children.” You may think this might be commonsense, that parents have the right to see their children, but in fact,...

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26/06/2014

The Dickensian Aspect of Family Law

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated, that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least; but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes,...

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10/06/2014

How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After Divorce

Divorce is often not only emotionally traumatic but financially can leave you starting all over again. There are some key issues I’d like to share that we address when working clients. If you’ve been through a divorce here are some steps you can take to get your finances back on...

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14/04/2014

Family Violence Hurts Everyone

If your partner smashed a plate on the floor would you think that was Family Violence? Would your answer change if they did it once or if it started happening on a regular basis? If your partner told you your family is not allowed to visit your home, would you think that...

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26/03/2014

Consciously Uncoupling

 What is consciously uncoupling? The news has hit the streets; Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin are no longer. But they have chosen to go about it in a dignified way that is respectful of each other; instead of the usual Hollywood slander, the pair have united and told the...

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18/03/2014

The guarantee of certainty

Our office has been buzzing this week with the news about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight which hasn’t been sighted in 10 days. Speculations, theories and conspiracies are running rife throughout our corridors. The issue has got us all talking and it got me thinking. For the families of the...

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07/03/2014

Who is the best family lawyer for me?

Most people probably think that a family lawyer is a family lawyer – and you just have to find one (and preferably a cheap one) if you are separating from your partner. But finding a family lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make at the time...

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23/01/2014

The Risks of Relocation

“Clandestine”, “surreptitious”, “deliberate deception”, “blatant cunning and deceit” says Judge to describe the actions of a Mother who relocated with her three year old daughter from the New South Wales region to Tasmania, without telling either the Court or the Father. In 2012, a Mother relocated with her daughter, 3...

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09/01/2014

Gender Bender

‘Sex’ and ‘gender’…same thing, right? Wrong. These words have different semantic meanings which is important to understand. ‘Sex’ is about one’s biological makeup. That is, their chromosomes, gonads and genitalia. So penis = male, and vagina = female. So what about intersex people? ‘Gender’ on the other hand is often...

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08/01/2014

New Approach to Protecting Children from Harm

The Family Law Act focuses on protecting children from harm and the Attorney General’s Department has recently commissioned the Family Law DOORS framework (which stands for the “Detection of Overall Risk Screen”) to assist professionals, including family law specialists to detect risks to the safety and wellbeing of their clients...

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23/10/2013

Same-sex relationships and Family Law

The ever-present topic of gay marriage highlights some issues surrounding the rights of same-sex couples. What rights do same-sex couples have in family law? In a nutshell, the answer is that in Australia, the same laws apply to same-sex couples as to de facto heterosexual couples when it comes to...

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06/09/2013

Social Media and Family Law Proceedings: What’s the Big Deal?

You’re probably thinking “how on earth are family law and Facebook related?” Well, as I’m sure you’ve seen, when a relationship is strained (as it inevitably is in family law proceedings), it is not uncommon for the parties to publicly air their dirty laundry on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. At...

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