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Expert Witnesses – Who are they ?

Expert Witnesses – Who are they ?

An expert witness plays an important role in Family Law matters because their expert report is considered a crucial piece of evidence before the Court. Over the next few posts, we will provide you with information on the basics of expert witnesses and how they impact...

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Are you able to adopt a child from overseas to Australia?

Are you able to adopt a child from overseas to Australia?

If you are looking to adopt a child and domestic avenues are not available or of interest to you, you may be eligible for “intercountry adoption” in which you can adopt a child from an overseas country. To be eligible, you must satisfy the eligibility criteria of both...

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How long does the Divorce Application process take?

How long does the Divorce Application process take?

Once your Divorce Application is filed with the Court, you will be allocated a hearing date usually within 6 to 8 weeks after the filing date. The hearing will be held via telephone and an appearance is only required if you have children under the age of 18. On the...

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What is a Binding Child Support Agreement?

What is a Binding Child Support Agreement?

A Binding Child Support Agreement (“BCSA”) is a private contract between parents which outlines each of their specific financial obligations and entitlements to child support. The agreement may make provision for payment of school fees, textbooks, uniforms, private...

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Can I seek a ‘custody arrangement’ for our family pet?

Can I seek a ‘custody arrangement’ for our family pet?

Whilst most consider their pet a member of the family strictly speaking the law classifies an animal as an item of property. It is very common for parties to a separation to negotiate either a transfer of ownership or a ‘custody’ like agreement regarding the family...

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Benefits Of Family Dispute Mediation

Benefits Of Family Dispute Mediation

Family disputes can be emotionally draining and complex, often leading to extended conflicts that can have lasting negative impacts on all parties involved. In such scenarios, seeking a resolution through legal proceedings can exacerbate tensions and escalate the...

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How are inherited assets treated in family law matters?

When separated couples seek to divide up their assets, the question of how to divide up inherited assets could be a complex one – because there isn’t a simple formula. In deciding how to treat assets inherited by a party in a family law property settlement proceeding,...

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When is my pre-nup at risk of a challenge? – Duress

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has power to ‘set aside’ or cancel a financial agreement in a variety of circumstances. In this series, we explore some of the common ways that these agreements can be challenged. If there is conduct that amounted to...

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Are prenups only for the rich and famous?

Are prenups only for the rich and famous?

Jeff Bezos’s engagement to Lauren Sanchez sparked headlines in the entertainment world when Lauren Sanchez was seen with a rumored 2.5 million (USD) engagement ring. The burning question in the legal world was whether a prenup would be entered into between Benzo and...

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Cryptocurrency, Family Law and You

Cryptocurrency, Family Law and You

Cryptocurrency was the hot trend in investment and speculation in recent years, and while the widespread buzz in the market has subsided, for many couples an investment made at that time may need to be dealt with in the event of a separation. Cryptocurrency (or...

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