Spike in Women Family Violence Offenders

by Rhiannon Noble on October 27, 2016

Rhiannon Noble

Whilst browsing the internet recently I came across an article entitled “women family violence offenders leading to prison expansion”. In my job I quite often hear about family violence in the context of men offending against women, but less often about women family violence offenders.

There is significant weight placed on combatting family violence against women, for example the White … Read more


Kepler Ryan

This article is part four of a four part series dealing with strategies for resolving your family law dispute in a timely way in circumstances where the Family Law Courts are experiencing significant delays in many Registries. As I have noted in previous blog articles, some cases are taking two years and beyond to obtain a final hearing. We have … Read more


Bree Staines

Developed in the Netherlands and being looked at in Australia is a technology called Rechtwijzer, that effectively replaces the role of lawyers and litigation to solve disputes. The technology has primarily been based on working in transactional areas of law such as tenancy disputes and employment matters. However, the Netherlands are broaching the idea of make the technology applicable to … Read more


It’s Time to Talk About Mental Health

by Daniel Rod on October 25, 2016

Daniel Rod

It was recently R U OK day, a day that is designed to encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illness.

Mental illness is something that as a Family Law Practitioner, I come across every day but something that I feel remains an elephant in the room. We as lawyers are not psychologists and cannot provide clients with … Read more


Kate Marr

An article in the Herald Sun on 1 July 2016 reported that a wealthy Melbourne Real Estate Director has been accused of collusion, after a mansion sold for $8 million after the finalisation of a property settlement (whereby the Real Estate Director valued the property $3.13 million less, just eight months prior).

The Wife agreed to a property settlement for … Read more


Zoe Durand

Whilst it seems more common sense to write about a recent Court case, I am interested in the lack of recent so called “mistress” cases since the case of Jonah & White [2011] FamCA 221, failed on appeal (Jonah & White [2012] FamCAFC200). Did the failure of the appeal mean that other potential applicants in similar situations no … Read more


I Have to See a Family Consultant – Help!

by Anne-Louise Pham on October 24, 2016

Anne-Louise Pham

Sometimes in parenting proceedings, the Court will make an Order for the parties (and in some cases the children) to attend upon a Family Consultant. This may be for the purposes of a Child Inclusive Conference, a Child Dispute Conference or a Family Report. This can be a daunting process for many people. Other than your Affidavit, this is the … Read more


But I Don’t Really Own That Property

by Byron Leong on October 23, 2016

Byron Leong

Australia has seen an increase in Chinese families moving to Australia to live from China, therefore an increase in separation of Chinese immigrant couples. Separations involving Chinese immigrants often have the complexity of assets in China. Not only are there assets in China but there may be the issue of who truly owns them.

Chinese families have a history where … Read more


A House That Splits in Half When You Separate

by Natasha Heathcote on October 23, 2016

Natasha Heathcote

It may sound like a dream come true to many couples going through contested Court proceedings “fighting over” who gets to keep the matrimonial home. However, Amsterdam based design and engineering practice Studio OBA has the solution to the problem. Split the house in half.

How you say?

A floating home that will drift apart when you also drift apart … Read more


Rhiannon Noble

It is not unusual to have parents residing in different jurisdictions following their separation. However, when there is a dispute as to which jurisdiction and with which parent the child should live with, it raises two very important questions for the Court to consider:

  • Firstly, which country is the appropriate forum to commence Court proceedings in, i.e. Australia or the
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