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17/07/2017

Mental Health Initiatives Supporting Lawyers & Clients

Reading a recent ABC news article online about Lawyers and mental health made me reflect on the positive initiatives implemented by Farrar Gesini Dunn.

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08/02/2017

The Anti-Detriment Payment: The super industry’s best kept secret

It’s happened to everybody. It might be the awesome café you discover on the day it’s shutting down. Or the gift voucher that you find in your sock draw the week after it expires. And so it is with the anti-detriment payment—many people are only finding out it exists on...

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24/11/2016

Prenuptial Agreements – Do They Stand Up?

I am often asked whether Prenuptial Agreements are binding. Given that the Family Law Act was amended over 15 years ago to enable parties to enter into Binding Financial Agreements including Prenuptial Agreements, it is surprising that there remains, in the community, a belief that they are “not really binding”.

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03/11/2016

A Donor Egg and a same sex relationship. Am I a parent?

Consider this scenario: Two women are in a relationship. Let’s call them Kylie and Rachel. Kylie and Rachel decide that they want to have a child together and want to use donor sperm to conceive. They decide that Kylie should attempt to get pregnant using an embryo created from the...

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04/08/2016

De facto Relationships and Property Rights

Once you have established that you are (or might be) in a de facto relationship (What is a De Facto Relationship) the next question is: Are you at risk of, or entitled to make a claim, for property settlement or spousal maintenance? Under the Family Law Act:A court may make...

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12/01/2016

New Family Court decision on pre-nups

Financial Agreements – De Facto versus Marriage The Full Court of the Family Court has delivered a new judgement regarding whether you can have a binding financial agreement (aka a pre nup) that covers both de facto relationship breakdown and marriage breakdown. Background Several years ago the Family Law Act...

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05/01/2016

Are prenups binding in Australia?

What are prenups in Australia? Something I commonly hear when talking to non family lawyers is: “I’d like my clients to protect their assets from divorce, but prenups aren’t binding in Australia…” Well actually, they are! Prenups (or as we know them: Binding Financial Agreements – BFA’s for short) ARE...

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12/08/2015

The cost of divorce…what’s the deal with the fluctuating Court fees – PART 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted about trying to make sense of the fluctuating Court fees (see blog post below entitled The cost of divorce…what’s the deal with the fluctuating Court fees). When I last posted the Court fees had been hiked up; then dropped down; and then hiked...

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28/07/2015

How can we better listen to children when making decisions about their care?

We recently attended a training session entitled ‘Young children have a lot to tell us about themselves.’ This session focused on children and the ways in which they can communicate their views. This is particularly important when it comes to making arrangements for children after a separation. The training session,...

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23/07/2015

Litigation in Family Law Disputes

Director Ann Northcote revisits her article ‘Litigating the clever way’. Family law disputes often involve situations where one party needs a resolution more than the other. For example, if the wife has moved out of the former matrimonial home and she is now renting her own place, whereas the husband has...

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17/07/2015

FGD – Reflections on 20 Years

The ACT Law Society have written to me telling me that this month sees the 40th anniversary of my admission to practice and of my holding a Practicing Certificate continuously for that period. This month also saw the 20th anniversary of the founding of Farrar Gesini Dunn. Apart from making...

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16/07/2015

The cost of divorce…what’s the deal with the fluctuating Court fees?

I’m a family lawyer and to be honest I have a hard time understanding what is going on with the cost of divorce and changes to the Court fees. So I can’t imagine how the general population is meant to understand it. In the lead up to the new financial...

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