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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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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, 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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Child Support Agreements

    Recent amendments to the child support legislation mean that from 1 July 2018, Child Support Agreements can be suspended. And eventually terminated in circumstances where a care percentage of a carer, entitled to be paid child support, falls below the...

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Do you have a Will?

    According to statistics, 45% of Australians do not have a Will or have an out of date Will. This is an alarming statistic. Not having a Will in place that highlights who will be managing your estate can cause long and painful delays. As a result, closing...

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