Facebook: Friend or Foe in Family Law Proceedings

by Bree Staines on August 25, 2016

Bree Staines

Many couples have their own individual Facebook accounts to openly document the events in their lives. Neither party may see this as a problem. However, one’s carefree attitude towards Facebook may change if the parties separate in an acrimonious way.

Facebook can become a tool on family law matters, usually for one of two reasons:

  1. Keeping tabs of the other
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Karen Devey

A recent Full Court decision granting leave to appeal in property proceedings is a timely reminder that an agreement to divide property following separation should be formalised, no matter how modest the total of the assets is at the time of separation.

In the matter of Slocomb & Hedgewood [2015] FamCA 219, May, Ainslie-Wallace and Johnston JJ considered a … Read more


How can I best prepare for a meeting with my lawyer?

by Daniel Rod on August 21, 2016

Daniel Rod

In Family Law, I often ask my clients to bring with them a document setting out key information in their matter so that I am able to quickly determine the issues involved for them and work out how I may best assist them.

People often ask how one can prepare for an initial consultation with their family lawyer? The answers … Read more


Technology and domestic violence

by Amelia Trotman on August 19, 2016

Amelia Trotman

We all know that the definition of domestic and family violence extends well beyond acts of physical violence and/or threats. Each State has their own legislation dealing specifically with domestic violence and in addition, the Family Law Act 1975 defines ‘family violence’ as being any behaviour that ‘coerces or controls a member of the person’s family’ or causes that person … Read more


What is a meaningful relationship?

by Kepler Ryan on August 18, 2016

Kepler Ryan

Parenting decisions under the Family Law Act are to be determined with the best interests of the children being the paramount consideration. When determining what is in the children’s best interests, the Court is mandated to consider a number of primary considerations and additional considerations. The primary considerations are:

  1. The benefit to the child of having a meaningful relationship with
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I don’t need a lawyer – we have reached an agreement

by Anne-Louise Pham on August 16, 2016

Anne-Louise Pham

As family lawyers, we often hear clients say “why do I need a lawyer? We have already reached an agreement” or “all I need is for the house to be transferred to me, we don’t need a lawyer”.

Whilst this may be the case, it is extremely important to ensure that your property matters are settled once and for all. … Read more


We’re Getting Divorced, so who Gets the Dog?

by Felicity Reeman on August 14, 2016

Felicity Reeman

Some of you may laugh, but for those of us who adore our family pet, this is a pertinent question. It is therefore not surprising that in my practice as a family lawyer, I am frequently approached by clients seeking “custody” of their pets when their marriage or de facto relationships has broken down. Given that Australia has the highest … Read more


Separation – How Much Is It Going To Cost Me?

by Kate Marr on August 13, 2016

Kate Marr

Thinking about what topic I should blog about, I asked my husband “What is the first thing you think about when you hear separation or divorce?” Immediately thereafter, he says “How much is it going to cost me?”

The monetary cost of separation is always the complaint from those that have gone through the process and it is all we … Read more


Yoga and Divorce

by Zoe Durand on August 12, 2016

Zoe Durand

In the Evanston review Jackie Piliossoph reports in an article titled “Love Essentially – Yoga and Divorce – a Perfect Marriage“ on 25 March 2016 that yoga can be instrumental in getting through a relationship separation.

Piliossoph states that: “there were two types of people in my opinion: those who love yoga and those who have never tried Read more


Should I leave the family home?

by Naomi Arrowsmith on August 11, 2016

Naomi Arrowsmith

Do I have to leave the family home during separation?

The family home, also known as the matrimonial or relationship home, is often the most important and valuable asset that separating parties own.

The family home is not only the most financially valuable asset; it often holds a sentimental value for many people. Further, if there are children involved, the … Read more