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10/12/2014

The split family’s guide to celebrating Christmas

Elisa Turco from our office was recently interviewed by Kidspot and published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Separation or divorce doesn’t have to mean the end of a magical Christmas Day for your children. Keep things civil and stress-free this Christmas with our handy step-by-step guide.

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05/11/2014

Separation – what will it look like?

If there’s one thing I learned as a family lawyer its this – every separation is different.  This applies both to what the end result of the separation looks like (ie. what do we both end up with at the end) and what the process of the separation looks like...

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28/10/2014

“It’s Time” for No Fault Divorce and the Family Law Act

My colleagues will be surprised I’m writing about Gough Whitlam but as politicians go he’s pretty universally appreciated and one reason for that is the Family Law Act. 

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01/09/2014

Why all mediation is not created equal and why that matters to you

Mediation is where a neutral third person assists people to reach agreement over an issue in dispute. The aims and procedures used by mediators vary. At its core mediation should be; consent based; voluntary; confidential. There are two main styles of mediation. They are ‘case settlement’ mediation and ‘interest based’...

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19/05/2014

7 Things you don’t get taught at law school

1. It’s not about the law – it’s about the people. Most of the day is spent dealing with people; clients, colleagues, the other side, experts and judges. Of course you have to know the law, but it’s how you handle the people that makes the difference between a good...

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06/04/2014

The Good Divorce

I came across an article recently that gave some great advice for single mothers. There was one thing that concerned me though. The author, Samantha Young, talked about the ‘good divorce’ where both parties are ‘rational and adult, divide assets fairly…do not argue or fight, support one another in parenting,...

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03/03/2014

Sliding Doors – Why choose Farrar Gesini Dunn over other firms?

As a new recruit to the Farrar Gesini Dunn Melbourne office, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the different cultures in law firms and the way they operate. Lots of questions spring to mind. What type of culture am I drawn to and what type turns me off? Why...

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10/12/2013

Taxing your settlement

The ATO has released a draft ruling that has the potential to reduce the amount that high-wealth individuals receive from property settlement by nearly half. For high-wealth families it is not uncommon for them to hold their assets in private companies and trusts for tax reasons and for asset protection....

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27/10/2013

The ACT Marriage Equality Act – what’s all the fuss?

The Marriage Equality Act 2013 (aka ACT’s same sex marriage law), drafted by the ACT Labor Government, has caused a stir! For now at least, same sex couples in the ACT can get married. The legislation provides an avenue for marriage for those who cannot be married under the Commonwealth’s...

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