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01/10/2013

Conference on Collaboration

Registrations have now opened for the Conference on Collaboration in October 2013 featuring Brad Hunter and Juliette Ford https://collaborativepracticecanberra.com.au/collaborative-training/

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06/09/2013

Social Media and Family Law Proceedings: What’s the Big Deal?

You’re probably thinking “how on earth are family law and Facebook related?” Well, as I’m sure you’ve seen, when a relationship is strained (as it inevitably is in family law proceedings), it is not uncommon for the parties to publicly air their dirty laundry on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. At...

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19/08/2013

Are you in a ‘defacto relationship’ or a ‘relationship’?

By Ann Northcote, Director of Farrar Gesini Dunn. In this month’s blog post, we look at whether or not there ever was a relationship for the purposes of the Family Law Act, and in particular property settlement and maintenance. The English language is still yet to have the perfect words...

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26/06/2013

Family Law…On a Personal Note

How many times has this happened to you; you’re at a party with people that you are meeting for the first time, or you are having a quiet after work drink and you meet someone new, or your new hairdresser is making polite conversation with you, or you are even...

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29/05/2013

Pre-Nups – Who needs them?

Have you thought about a Prenuptial Agreement (aka Pre-Nups or Binding Financial Agreements (BFA’s))? The bad news is that the stats for marriage breakdowns in Australia are pretty high – one out of three marriages end in divorce. The rates of breakdown for de facto relationships are more like one...

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13/05/2013

What’s so special about Superannuation

Superannuation is a complex and confusing area of law. While we can split superannuation under the Family Law Act often what clients really need to know is what the split actually means when they retire. This is why we use the services of Stephen Bourke and the lawyers at SuperSplitting....

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28/04/2013

Why Going to Court Sucks & How to Avoid it

With the greatest of respect to the honourable Judges of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, for almost everyone, going to Court for your family law matter is not a great experience. Costs wise, you may be looking at some or all of the following: filing fees lawyers fees...

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22/04/2013

Considering a Surrogacy Agreement – You Need a Specialist Family Lawyer

Surrogacy agreements are becoming more common in today’s society where the definition of a family is becoming more diverse than just the “nuclear family”.  The law around surrogacy in Australia is complex and different laws apply in different states and territories. In the ACT, commercial surrogacy agreements (where you pay...

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08/04/2013

Family Law for Pets

Pets aren’t just animals, they are integral members of our family. We get that. Amongst our families are Laars (‘Moodle’) the Weimeraner, Phillip the Burmese, Sadie the Siamese, Rufus (‘Woof’) the Shih Tzu, Molly (‘Moff Moff’) the Cavoodle, Ruby Rose and Spike the Border Collies, Sophia, Leia, Blackie Greenfoot and...

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19/03/2013

It’s not just a divorce lawyer you need to see when you separate

Separating from your partner is a stressful experience, and the process can be overwhelming, but it is important to get advice from the right people as soon as you can, to make sure you are protected. Once you have your team in place, you will be able to explore all...

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12/03/2013

‘Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh’

Yes. That is the sound of a collective sigh of relief that can be heard around this time of year for many newly separated families. They have just navigated through the December/January school holiday period and of course the Christmas season. This means that short term issues have needed to...

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22/02/2013

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Ann Northcote advises on the things you can do to make separation smoother. Separation is a huge step. Sometimes, while dealing with the big issues, little things are left behind. Doing the right thing in small ways can make for an easier transition to living separately and also build some...

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