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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
FGD Mythbusters Event
On 13 April 2018, Tash Priestly and Victoria Blakeley presented a Mythbusters Seminar to family and friends at the FGD Offices in Canberra. The purpose of the seminar was to provide some general information about family law in an informal setting. We had local wines and beautiful Pialigo Estate catering...read more
A better way to resolve your family law matter?
When couples separate, they often have difficulties reaching agreement. You’ve probably heard the horror stories of parties getting stuck in Court for years, and spending all their money on lawyers, and thought, “There must be a better way!”read more
What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?
Sometimes, when there are very serious issues involved in Family Court matters, the Judge will ask for the assistance of an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL). The ICL is an independent lawyer who will help the Judge decide what is best for the children.read more