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18/05/2018

Access to Justice

In 2017 the Law Council of Australia (the peak body for all state and territory Law Societies and Bar Associations) established “The Justice Project”. This inquiry is a study of the impediments to “Access to Justice” for Australians who are suffering significant economic and other disadvantage, for example, persons with...

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14/05/2018

Demystifying the Courtroom

We are involved in matters that are in either the Federal Circuit Court or the Family Court on a regular basis. As we attend court so often, we are used to the Court room “players” and the lingo. We appreciate however, that not everyone is as comfortable in these environments, so this blog is aimed at giving you an understanding of who is in the Court room and how they should be referred to.

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11/05/2018

FGD’s Mother’s Day Gift for Karinya House

Farrar Gesini Dunn  are proud to be associated with Karinya House, a community based organisation supporting vulnerable and at risk pregnant and early parenting women in Canberra and the surrounding region.

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07/05/2018

Gender Dysphoria and the Family Court

The issue of gender dysphoria has been in the media quite a bit recently.  This issue is of particular interest to me as an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) as ICLs are often appointed to represent the best interests of the child involved.

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03/05/2018

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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03/05/2018

But… De Facto sounds so serious?

Sometimes people come to us thinking that their relationship doesn’t meet the definition of de facto. Whether it is a young couple in their twenties who never shared a house but have been dating since their first year of university, a single mother who was only dating the father of...

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03/05/2018

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 later...

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03/05/2018

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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02/05/2018

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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01/05/2018

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. Case law has developed which imposes severe disadvantage to a party who may...

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26/04/2018

Let’s Pay It Forward

If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’, or have read the novel, then you’d know the story about a young boy who did three good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the young Haley Joel Osment wanted was that they pass on the good deeds...

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23/04/2018

Questions to ask on a first date, according to divorce lawyers

When you decide to move in with your partner, or say the words “I do”, you’re often caught up in the excitement of the moment, and the Disney idea of a ‘happily ever after’(perhaps involving some form of yacht and sailing into the sunset). However, what happily ever after doesn’t...

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