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Family law and the internet

Family law and the internet

Internet technologies have had a significant impact on the area of Family Law. The use of smartphones, social media platforms, and internet websites have expanded the types of evidence that parties seek to rely on in Family Law proceedings and the avenues in which...

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Family Law – News Update

Family Law – News Update

On 1 September 2021, the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia will join together as one Court. This merger will include the introduction of various new administrative and practical changes. In a recent media release the Court addressed the...

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Family Violence Intervention Orders – Fast Facts

Family Violence Intervention Orders – Fast Facts

A Family Violence Intervention Order protects a person from a family member who is allegedly perpetrating family violence. There are numerous forms of Family Violence that may provide grounds for an Intervention Order including: Emotional abuse (manipulation,...

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Child Support – What are your options?

Child Support – What are your options?

Child support is the financial support paid by one parent to the other to help with the costs of a child aged under 18 years of age. The amount of child support to be paid is usually calculated based on how much time the child spends with each parent. However, even...

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What is Spousal Maintenance?

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Upon separating from their partner most people are aware of their obligations to pay Child Support for the financial maintenance of their children. However, many people often do not realise that they may also have an obligation to provide their ex-spouse with...

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Financial Abuse – What Is It?

Financial Abuse – What Is It?

Most people associate the term “Domestic Violence” with physical assault. However, there are other forms of domestic violence such as financial abuse which can be just as damaging to the victim. Financial abuse is a type of emotional abuse whereby a person restricts...

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Intervention Order Breaches – What you need to know

Intervention Order Breaches – What you need to know

Intervention Orders are a common feature in high-conflict relationship breakdowns. Despite the current prevalence of Family Violence Intervention Orders, people often misunderstand how they work. It is important to be aware of the serious criminal consequences for...

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Divorce – Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce – Frequently Asked Questions

Many legal commentators have noted the spike in Australian couples seeking Divorce since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is suspected that extended lockdown periods have either forced couples to be apart from each other or spend 24/7 at home together. In...

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$100 Million Dollar Funding Boost to the Family Law System

$100 Million Dollar Funding Boost to the Family Law System

On 11 May 2021, the Morrison Government announced significant funding to the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia as part of the 2021-22 Budget. In addition to important judicial support and reform measures, over $100 million dollars of...

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Complex Family Law

Complex Family Law

Trustees, Trustee Companies, Holding Company, Unit Trusts, Shareholdings, Directors, Appointors, Nominees, Probate, Estates, Financial Planners and Forensic Accountants. What does it all mean? These are just a sample of the words that may get thrown at you in a family...

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Zoom through your court date

Zoom through your court date

Even as we reach COVID-normal, the Family and Federal Circuit Courts are continuing to run a significant proportion of their court dates online and by videoconferencing. The dominant system in Victoria is using Microsoft Teams, but other States are preferring...

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Going to court

Going to court

Being sent or served with Court documents in family law can be the first time many family law clients have a real interaction with a court, and it can be a confusing and confronting moment to find out you are going to have to explain your situation to a Judge.  When...

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Autism and the Family Law Courts

Autism and the Family Law Courts

How would the Family Law Courts approach parenting cases involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? A child with ASD are likely to be more negatively affected by parental separation due to the inevitable changes to familiar routines. No doubt, children...

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When Pets Come Between Partners

When Pets Come Between Partners

Do you have a fur baby that you are concerned about in the context of a dispute following a separation? Although there is a clear framework under the Family Law Act (Cth) for deciding what arrangements are in the best interests of children after a separation, this...

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