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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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31/03/2014

Public private matters

Last week the Queensland District Court fined The Courier Mail $120,000 for illegally publishing the names and photos of a mother and her four Italian daughters who were involved in Family Court proceedings. You might remember the custody case of the four Italian sisters. Or as it became, thanks to...

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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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18/03/2014

The guarantee of certainty

Our office has been buzzing this week with the news about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight which hasn’t been sighted in 10 days. Speculations, theories and conspiracies are running rife throughout our corridors. The issue has got us all talking and it got me thinking. For the families of 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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03/02/2014

Family Law Myths: those are MY assets

Some common phrases we hear from people seeking family law advice include: “I had the house before we married, so that’s not included”; Or “but I got that as an inheritance from my grandmother, so that should be left out”; Or “I bought the lotto ticket from the newsagent, so...

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23/01/2014

The Risks of Relocation

“Clandestine”, “surreptitious”, “deliberate deception”, “blatant cunning and deceit” says Judge to describe the actions of a Mother who relocated with her three year old daughter from the New South Wales region to Tasmania, without telling either the Court or the Father. In 2012, a Mother relocated with her daughter, 3...

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09/01/2014

Gender Bender

‘Sex’ and ‘gender’…same thing, right? Wrong. These words have different semantic meanings which is important to understand. ‘Sex’ is about one’s biological makeup. That is, their chromosomes, gonads and genitalia. So penis = male, and vagina = female. So what about intersex people? ‘Gender’ on the other hand is often...

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08/01/2014

New Approach to Protecting Children from Harm

The Family Law Act focuses on protecting children from harm and the Attorney General’s Department has recently commissioned the Family Law DOORS framework (which stands for the “Detection of Overall Risk Screen”) to assist professionals, including family law specialists to detect risks to the safety and wellbeing of their clients...

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