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16/08/2019

Is there a way to come back from infidelity?

My view on infidelity was questioned when I read an article by The Independent titled “Cheating can make your marriage STRONGER”. I thought, “What could this possibly say?” What I found intrigued me. Hidden in the article was a reference to Ms Esther Perel, a psychotherapist who works exclusively with...

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26/07/2019

I got Pregnant from a Tinder Date – Help!

There can be a big difference between becoming pregnant when you are in a relationship as opposed to when you are single. But does that mean anything changes in relation to family law and your rights as a parent? In an article by Kellie Scott of the ABC, Tessa Dijkgraaf...

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09/07/2019

Children and Mental Health in the Family Court Process

It is no secret that mental health issues are prevalent in the Family Court system. This is not only as a result of domestic violence, but a variety of factors including social isolation, loneliness, severe or long-term stress and high-conflict arguments between parents and children, all of which can occur...

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04/07/2019

Does Australia have a death tax?

The recent Australian election included a lot of discussion about a ‘death tax’. This led to a lot of debate and confusion. So, you might wonder, if you die, does your estate have to pay an extra tax? The short answer is ‘no’. Death taxes, sometimes called inheritance taxes, are...

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12/06/2019

How much child support will I pay?

A Parent’s Guide to Child Support After separation, people often find themselves in tricky situations regarding how much to pay to their ex-partner for the support and upkeep of their children. These payments, known as ‘child support’, are generally ongoing, periodic payments made by one parent to the other, purely...

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06/06/2019

What do I need to tell my ex about my assets?

... and what is full and frank disclosure?

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06/06/2019

Dead Man’s Sperm

With the advent of new technology, our laws and legislation have had to catch up with circumstances where sperm can be collected from a deceased person for the purpose of posthumous insemination.

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11/12/2018

Lawn Bowls with Lawyers

Lawn bowls with lawyers anyone?Perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Friday night fun – but we beg to differ!

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22/08/2018

Truffles and a Will – two things that should be on your shopping list, not your bucket list!

Recently the FGD Estates team hosted an intimate event at The Truffle Farm which was an opportunity for us to treat a small group of our professional contacts to a really memorable event. We all loved it and came away with some unexpected parallels between truffles and estate planning.

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03/08/2018

Does Australia have no fault divorce?

What happens when you marry, and then the relationship breaks down and you and/or your spouse is wanting to leave the relationship? Imagine if you had to prove fault on behalf of your spouse to obtain a divorce, and where should the law draw that line?

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02/03/2018

FGD Hosts the Giants’ AFL Season Launch Party

To celebrate the start of the 2018 AFL season, FGD Canberra played host to the Giants football club; inviting the team, their sponsors and their friends to the celebrate the season launch at our offices on 28 February 2018.

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29/11/2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Upcoming Wedding: Why We Congratulate Them

At FGD we’re not really Royalists but we couldn’t help add our congratulations to the worldwide storm that is now talking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This is for a number of reasons, not least because Meghan (who is an actress – in case you haven’t seen one of...

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