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11/08/2014

Baby Gammy and the Surrogacy Arrangement

The recent story of Baby Gammy and the surrogacy arrangement two Australian parents had with a Thai Surrogate has certainly generated discussion about surrogacy and the law that surrounds it. Over the last week, I have heard people ask: “Isn’t surrogacy illegal in Australia?”, ”Don’t the parents have a legal...

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28/07/2014

Can I move away with my children?

This week I put the question out there to my family and friends – what family law topic do people want to hear about? I had some interesting replies, but one of the serious ones was whether a parent can move towns or states with their children if they have...

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01/07/2014

Do I Have the Right to See My Children?

As someone who attends the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court on a regular basis, I often hear parents say to the Court “I have a right to see my children.” You may think this might be commonsense, that parents have the right to see their children, but in fact,...

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10/06/2014

How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After Divorce

Divorce is often not only emotionally traumatic but financially can leave you starting all over again. There are some key issues I’d like to share that we address when working clients. If you’ve been through a divorce here are some steps you can take to get your finances back on...

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19/05/2014

But what about the dog…?

This may seem like a trivial question for some, however, it is a question that often has to be asked when people are separating.Most couples are able to come to an agreement about where their dog, cat, or goldfish will go, but sometimes there is a disagreement about where a...

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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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14/04/2014

Family Violence Hurts Everyone

If your partner smashed a plate on the floor would you think that was Family Violence? Would your answer change if they did it once or if it started happening on a regular basis? If your partner told you your family is not allowed to visit your home, would you think that...

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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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26/03/2014

Consciously Uncoupling

 What is consciously uncoupling? The news has hit the streets; Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin are no longer. But they have chosen to go about it in a dignified way that is respectful of each other; instead of the usual Hollywood slander, the pair have united and told the...

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07/03/2014

Who is the best family lawyer for me?

Most people probably think that a family lawyer is a family lawyer – and you just have to find one (and preferably a cheap one) if you are separating from your partner. But finding a family lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make at the time...

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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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24/02/2014

Family Law on Ice

The best way for two people who have separated to resolve their dispute is to do it together. There is no doubt about that. An important part of our role is to help people to do that. Usually this is more than just giving them advice about possible outcomes and...

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