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Parenting Orders and Christmas Travel

Parenting Orders and Christmas Travel

As the summer school holidays fast approach and Covid-19 restrictions ease many families will be planning to travel over the Christmas period. For those parents who are co-parenting arranging travel is slightly more complicated and often requires earlier planning....

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Delay

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Delay

Any additional assets or income that are accumulated after the separation will be at risk of a claim.  The property division will normally be decided on the value of the assets available at the time of the division - not on the value at separation.  You may for...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Cut Corners

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Cut Corners

There are significant risks of not formally documenting (by way of a Court order or Financial Agreement) an agreement that you may reach about property or maintenance. Informal, casual, or handshake agreements carry a very significant risk for you, your family, and...

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Family Law – When Going to Court May Make Sense

Family Law – When Going to Court May Make Sense

Much of the time, avoiding going to Court in family law proceedings makes sense. The Court process can be costly, and uncertain. When it comes to financial matters, there are so many variables at play that lawyers cannot predict with certainty a precise outcome, but...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 3)

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 3)

Your internet presence can be both an enormous help with sorting out your parenting and property situation, but carries significant risks. Here are some of the things we suggest you should be careful about: The information and images you post on social media sites...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 2)

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 2)

Your internet presence can be both an enormous help with sorting out your parenting and property situation, but carries significant risks. Here are some of the things we suggest: Call your Internet Service Provider or a private computer consultant to review your...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 1)

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 1)

Your internet presence can be both an enormous help with sorting out your parenting and property situation, but carries significant risks. Here are some of the things we suggest: change your passwords on your computer/laptop; change your passwords on all web based...

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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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