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Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Scheme

Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Scheme

  Amendments to the  Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) have been made that provide protection to victims of family violence who are cross-examined as part of family law proceedings. From 10 September 2019, personal cross-examination will be banned in family law...

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Separation or divorce – Things you need to consider…

Separation or divorce – Things you need to consider…

  Going through a marital separation or divorce can be an emotionally draining time and can effect everyone in different ways. If you are going through a separation or divorce there are some immediate decisions you may need to make regarding your children and...

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Finding a Lawyer who will work best for your needs

Finding a Lawyer who will work best for your needs

  For many of you, visiting a family lawyer to obtain legal advice after the breakdown of your relationship, whether that be in relation to property, parenting (custody) or divorce matters may be the first time you have ever set foot in a lawyer’s office. Whether...

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High Court Decision – June 19th 2019

High Court Decision – June 19th 2019

  On 19 June 2019, the High Court of Australia handed down a land mark decision which turns on the definition of “parent” under the Family Law Act (“the Act”). Although in the general course of matters, the parents of a child, for the purposes of the legislation,...

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Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future

  With National Advance Care Planning Week upon us, it is a reminder for us to plan for the future. It is a good time for each of us to reflect on what arrangements we should put in place. Arrangements for our health and personal care as we age and to encourage...

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National Family Violence Website

National Family Violence Website

  A new website available dedicated to assisting people affected by family violence. National Legal Aid in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has invested in creating this website. The new national website for people wanting to...

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Family Violence in Australia

Family Violence in Australia

  A recent Justice Project report on Family Violence in Australia by Law Council of Australia, dated August 2018:   Family violence can affect anyone, irrespective of age, gender, socio-economic status or cultural background.  According to statistics, in...

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Recovery and Location Orders

Recovery and Location Orders

  In parenting matters, most of you will be familiar with orders relating to “parental responsibility,” “lives with” and “spends time with.”  However, there are other important orders the court is able to make upon the application of a party. What is a recovery...

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ABC Article – Psych nurse likens divorce for men to PTSD

ABC Article – Psych nurse likens divorce for men to PTSD

  Too often, a person's mental health is neglected during the breakdown of a relationship.  For me, this article not only brings to the forefront a mans perspective on such matters, but also outlines the importance of obtaining legal advice at the outset, no...

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Opinion Piece by Law Council of Australia President

Opinion Piece by Law Council of Australia President

    Opinion Piece by Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes – published in The Australian, Friday, 14 September 2018. Merging family courts ahead of system review is to put the cart before the horse. Australia’s family court system is under...

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