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13/10/2021

Do Children Have a Say in Care Arrangements After Separation or Divorce?

As family law practitioners we deal with a large number of matters which center around care arrangements for children. In those matters, one of the questions most often asked by a parent is ‘When do the wishes of the children become relevant?’ Our response, as is usually the case in family law...

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23/09/2021

The new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia – what does the Court merger mean for me?

The ‘court merger’ represents the bringing together of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia into a unified structure called the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.   Under legislation which passed through Parliament on 18 February 2021,* the Australian Government has introduced structural...

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18/08/2021

Buying Real Estate with your Partner – Do I need a Prenup (Binding Financial Agreement)?

Buying Real Estate with your partner, particularly if it’s your first home, can be an exciting time. However, it is also a very large commitment and comes with significant financial and legal ramifications. It also raises a number of questions for you as a couple that not everyone takes the...

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01/07/2021

FGD Congratulates Newest Directors

The current FGD Directors are excited to announce that Ramya Balachandren and Haydn Marsh will be joining the partnership from 1 July 2021. Haydn and Ramya bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise in family law. We are excited for them to be leading the future of FGD...

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12/05/2021

Who is a Legal Parent in IVF Procedures? | Family Law and Fertility

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) essentially means that an egg is fertilized outside the body and is then implanted into the uterus. It is basically any way (medically assisted or not) by which a woman becomes pregnant other than by having sexual intercourse. So, who is a legal parent in IVF procedures?

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21/04/2021

Divorce in Australia – Who Gets What?

You’ve probably heard the statistic that 1 in 3 marriages in Australia end in divorce. Most people know someone close to them who has had their marriage break down and have probably heard every story on the spectrum.

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18/02/2021

Collaborative Family Law Firms Unite To Help Clients Caught Up In The Family Law System

Phelps Reid Foster Johnson Lawyers are thrilled to announce that Olivia Gesini has returned to collaborative family law practice as a member of their team. Farrar Gesini Dunn (of which Olivia was a founding partner in 1995) welcome and support Olivia in this endeavour and are equally excited about what this announcement means for clients caught up in the family law system who wish to find a better way to separate.

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04/02/2021

Settle by Sunday

We understand that a separation can be an emotionally and financially turbulent time; and the thought of spending weeks, months, or even years fight through Court can be terrifying. ‘Settle by Sunday‘ is a robust and intensive settlement negotiation that occurs over a weekend, taking conflict and delay out of a separation to reach a resolution.

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29/01/2021

Back to School Tips for Separated and Divorced Parents

Maybe your kids are heading back to school after an enjoyable holiday break, or maybe you’re one of the millions of Aussie parents who has a child who is a first timer for big school. Either way, if you are a single parent who is co-parenting with your ex, getting everyone (including yourselves) prepared for the first day of school can be a little stressful.

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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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