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15/12/2020

2021 Victorian Family Law Rankings [Doyles Guide]

After receiving recognition for our Canberra Family Lawyers last week, we are pleased to announce that Farrar Gesini Dunn’s Frank Chila from our Melbourne Family Law Team has also been recognised as a Recommended Lawyer on Doyles Guide in the category Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Melbourne, 2021. Congratulations...

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04/12/2020

2021 ACT Family Law Rankings [Doyles Guide]

We are proud to announce that our Family Law Team has once again been acknowledged by the esteemed Doyles Guide in the following categories: Leading Family & Divorce Law Firms – Canberra, 2021 Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Canberra, 2021 Leading Parenting, Custody & Children’s Matters Lawyers – Canberra,...

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19/11/2020

Separation and Divorce – What Happens to Monetary Gifts and Loans from Parents or Family Members during Property Settlement?

A gift of money from a family member or friend can help you realise your financial goals. But, if these monetary gifts are received during a relationship that later breaks down, how are these kinds of gifts treated?  Disputes may arise between separated parties as to whether the money was...

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29/10/2020

Christmas Day and the Holidays After Separation or Divorce – Tips for Parents on Splitting Time and Making Arrangements for Children

Christmas can be a busy time of year in the family law world. Many separated parents find it difficult to agree on what arrangements are best for their children, particularly over the holidays. It can be challenging for parents to face their first holiday after a separation, and even harder...

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23/10/2020

Application for Consent Orders

In most cases when people reach a property agreement, we recommend that they formalise it by Consent Orders. Consent Orders are made by a Registrar of the Court. That process happens ‘in Chambers’, so it is an administrative process that doesn’t require an attendance. When you file your Consent Orders,...

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06/10/2020

Varying Final Parenting Orders – Every Family Law Journey to Final Parenting Orders is Different.

Every family law journey to final parenting Orders is different. Some parties agree more easily than others, and enter into Consent Orders. Others take a more challenging path through the legal system, and have Orders made by the Court as a result of a Final Hearing. Whichever your path, Final...

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08/09/2020

Facebook, Social Media and Family Law Proceedings – Don’t Post, Like, Comment or Share anything about your Ex!

In 2020, more than ever before, social media and digital communications are being used as evidence in Family Law proceedings. Given the COVID19 Pandemic, people are more commonly resorting to technology and social media to communicate with each other. 4 common mistakes people make: Assuming it is private Just because...

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20/08/2020

Shared Care, Co-Parenting and Developing a Parental Alliance

Shared care is something that many parents wish they had, but for some it seems like an unachievable goal, particularly after a messy separation. But in some cases, if both parents are able to put aside their differences and work together, shared care can work very well. For shared care...

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05/08/2020

Choosing The Right Family Lawyer

If I had written this article five years ago it would have said – when selecting a family lawyer choose one that is confident, knows the law well, has a good reputation and a winning record (or something like that). Now I have been practicing as a family lawyer for...

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10/07/2020

How to Protect Yourself if Your Ex is Cyberstalking You

As a Family Lawyer, we come across lots of different forms of domestic violence. Some of those forms are more obvious, like physical or verbal abuse. Occasionally, we hear from clients who are terrified because they have good reasons to believe that their ex is stalking them by tracking their...

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03/07/2020

How to Divide Property During a Divorce

The Court first considers whether or not it is just and equitable for the Court to make any orders at all. In most cases, this test is readily established (for example, when parties have joint assets accumulated over the course of a relationship that need to be divided to effect a settlement).

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22/05/2020

Urgent Parenting Cases During Covid-19

How are the Courts dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic? The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have recently released directions about urgent family law applications filed in their Courts as a direct result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). If your parenting issue has...

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