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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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18/02/2014

Life could be a dream… or not

Are post separation lotto wins subject to a former partner making a claim? Apparently, Yes. In a case that recently went before the Family Court, the Husband was awarded 5% of the Wife’s $6 million lottery win, which she won six months following separation. In another case, the Court awarded...

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14/02/2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE

“LOVE LOVE LOVE, TALK’N ABOUT LOVE LOVE LOVE … its EASY (sing to music)!” So today is Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love, relationships and friendships. A quick look on Wikipedia tells me that not much is known about St Valentine, except that he is widely recognised to be a...

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09/02/2014

Modern Relationships

There were three different articles in The Age newspaper last week all written around the same time, which caused me to reflect upon modern relationships. Each article was quite engaging in its own right and although on the face of it looked like they were talking about very different things,...

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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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28/01/2014

Case Study – Super Decisions Don’t Always Pay-off

Family Court Case Study Mr and Mrs Kane were married for almost 30 years and had four adult children. After the sale of their business in 2008, they established a self-managed superannuation fund with a Trustee called R Investments. Against the wife’s wishes, Mr Kane invested $540,000 in shares in...

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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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