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August 31, 2018

What is a kidnapping in Australia?

Kidnapping in Family Law – Phoenix is Found! On 30 August 2018, Pheonix was found in the Carwoola area – with his Mother nearby. Having been “granted full custody of Phoenix” two months’ prior, Cliff was entitled to be concerned about him being missing. The media have reported that Pheonix’s...

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August 22, 2018

Truffles and a Will – two things that should be on your shopping list, not your bucket list!

Recently the FGD Estates team hosted an intimate event at The Truffle Farm which was an opportunity for us to treat a small group of our professional contacts to a really memorable event. We all loved it and came away with some unexpected parallels between truffles and estate planning.

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August 3, 2018

Does Australia have no fault divorce?

What happens when you marry, and then the relationship breaks down and you and/or your spouse is wanting to leave the relationship? Imagine if you had to prove fault on behalf of your spouse to obtain a divorce, and where should the law draw that line?

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July 30, 2018

Talk to the experts – Why should I see a financial planner?

Continuing on with our series of talking to experts, FGD Director Kasey Fox speaks to Financial Planner Dave Rae about why people going through a separation should see a financial planner. I’ve known Dave for a number of years. He is a financial planner and business owner practicing in Canberra...

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July 24, 2018

AFFAIRS AND FAMILY VIOLENCE: CONDUCT THAT CAN AND CAN’T BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN PROPERTY SETTLEMENTS

When making a decision about property, the Court is required to consider the direct and indirect financial and non-financial contributions of the parties to the acquisition, conservation or improvement of any property, in addition to contributions made by the parties in their capacity as parent and/or homemaker. This elicits the...

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July 19, 2018

How to prepare for a ‘grey divorce’

In this guest post, Financial Planner, Lynette Murray talks about divorce after 50. If you are over 50 and contemplating a divorce, there are a number of things to consider that can make your situation different from that of someone at a different stage of life. While divorce at any...

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July 17, 2018

Guest Blog: Different types of personal injury claims in the ACT

Phil Schubert of Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers talks about the different types of personal injury claims in the ACT…

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July 4, 2018

RelationSpace: Online support for high-conflict Family Law disputes

As a family lawyer, and particularly as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, I often see people at – or pretty close to – their breaking point. The intense emotions involved in separating from a partner or trying to agree on arrangements for children can be overwhelming. Parents who are not able...

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June 27, 2018

To mediate or arbitrate?

This is a question that more and more clients are asking us. Do we mediate or arbitrate?

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June 27, 2018

FGD’s Incredible Movie Night

Here at Farrar Gesini Dunn, we strive to support local charities and businesses. One of the charities we support is Karinya House – a community based, not for profit organisation, servicing the ACT and surrounding regions. Karinya House supports women from Canberra and surrounding regional areas and is the longest...

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June 15, 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15 June 2018

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every year on this day, we take the time to build awareness that Elder Abuse is happening, and it is happening now within our community – and it needs to stop. Elder Abuse can take on many forms and can occur within families...

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June 8, 2018

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Merger

On the 30 May the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced that the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia will be merged into a single court to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA). The new court will start to operate from 1 January 2019....

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