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09/10/2018

FGD Launches Artificial Intelligence 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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31/08/2018

What is a kidnapping in Australia?

Kidnapping in Family Law – Phoenix is Found! On 30 August 2018, Pheonix was found in the Carwoola area – with his Mother nearby. Having been “granted full custody of Phoenix” two months’ prior, Cliff was entitled to be concerned about him being missing. The media have reported that Pheonix’s...

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22/08/2018

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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03/08/2018

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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30/07/2018

Talk to the experts – Why should I see a financial planner?

Continuing on with our series of talking to experts, FGD Director Kasey Fox speaks to Financial Planner Dave Rae about why people going through a separation should see a financial planner. I’ve known Dave for a number of years. He is a financial planner and business owner practicing in Canberra...

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24/07/2018

AFFAIRS AND FAMILY VIOLENCE: CONDUCT THAT CAN AND CAN’T BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN PROPERTY SETTLEMENTS

When making a decision about property, the Court is required to consider the direct and indirect financial and non-financial contributions of the parties to the acquisition, conservation or improvement of any property, in addition to contributions made by the parties in their capacity as parent and/or homemaker. This elicits the...

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19/07/2018

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 any...

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04/07/2018

RelationSpace: Online support for high-conflict Family Law disputes

As a family lawyer, and particularly as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, I often see people at – or pretty close to – their breaking point. The intense emotions involved in separating from a partner or trying to agree on arrangements for children can be overwhelming. Parents who are not able...

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27/06/2018

To mediate or arbitrate?

This is a question that more and more clients are asking us. Do we mediate or arbitrate? Arbitration is defined in the Family Law Act 1975 as ‘a process (other than the judicial process) in which parties to a dispute present arguments and evidence to an arbitrator, who makes a...

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08/06/2018

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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25/05/2018

FGD welcomes guests to Amy Dunn’s Exhibition: Safe Operating Space

On 22 May, FGD, together with local Canberra artist Amy Dunn, welcomed guests to the opening of Amy’s exhibition, SAFE OPERATING SPACE. As FGD’s CEO and Amy’s dad, Jim Dunn kicked off the evening with a short speech, before Amy explained her work and the exhibition.

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24/05/2018

Mental Health and Parenting Proceedings

It is very common for people today to have some type of mental illness or to take prescription medication for depression or anxiety. Most are high functioning, impressive individuals who you would not suspect had such difficulties. Many of our clients are in that category. But often our clients come...

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