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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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01/09/2014

ACT Young Lawyer of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Jessica Kennedy – 2014 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year. To find out more about Jess, read the ACT Law Society Media Release regarding the 2014 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year, visit Jess’s profile, read her Thesis, or keep reading below… In 2013, Jess...

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26/08/2014

No parents rights

When families are together, children usually get to see their parents every day. It’s when families separate that the children end up feeling unsure about when they will next see the other parent who they don’t live with. It’s always best for separated parents to agree on the time the...

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19/08/2014

Can I get an annulment?

This is a question that is regularly asked in family law. “I married my wife with the understanding that we were going to live together happily ever after, but then she ran off with Julio. Can I get our marriage annulled?” First of all, you need to appreciate that we...

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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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