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Consider Whether Mediation is Appropriate for Your Case

by Peter Magee on October 21, 2016

Peter Magee

This article is part three of a four part series which presents strategies for resolving your family law dispute in a timely way, in circumstances where many Registries of the Family Law Courts are experiencing crippling delays of over a year between filing initiating Court documents and obtaining a final hearing. This article considers why mediation may be a good … Read more

Bree Staines

The matter of Scott and Scott [2016] FCCA 1659 (5 July 2016) was decided in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia by Judge Terry. The interesting facts in this case are that the parties were aged 83 and 91 and at the time the matter went before the Court they had been separated for 30 years – they married back … Read more

Is He My Boyfriend or My De Facto Partner?

by Anne-Louise Pham on October 13, 2016

Anne-Louise Pham

From an emotional point of view, many people would argue that their partner is just a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”. It may be a period of time or significant event before the parties are embedded to one another in a long-term committed relationship. However, from a family law point of view, a Court may determine that you and your former partner … Read more

Peter Magee

Going through separation is a very stressful experience. Whilst we all handle the grieving process in our own way and at different speeds, from my experience most clients hope to put any legal issues behind them as soon as possible. They want to know where they stand so they can move on with their lives.

The good news is that … Read more

Parenting by Bird Nesting

by Bree Staines on October 10, 2016

Bree Staines

When parents separate, even on the most amicable terms, it is inevitable that there will be change to the family and the parenting arrangements. No longer is it possible for both parents to be involved in the children’s morning or night time routine, and to hear the stories as the children rush in the door after school or their extracurricular … Read more

I’ve Just Separated… Now What?

by Anne-Louise Pham on October 8, 2016

Anne-Louise Pham

Without a doubt, the most important thing you can do after you have separated (or when you are thinking about separating) is to seek independent legal advice about your rights and entitlements. However, there are some practical ‘self-help’ tips which can make your life easier and reduce tensions between you and your ex-spouse. Here are our top ‘self-help’ tips:


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Valuing Your Household Contents

by Amelia Trotman on October 5, 2016

Amelia Trotman

Valuing your household contents – do we throw in the kitchen sink?

Property settlements in family law cases are often fuelled by emotion rather than being dealt with on a common sense approach.

On strict application of the law, the value of all assets, liabilities and financial resources of the parties should be determined to ascertain the overall value of … Read more

Byron Leong

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australia’s Health Report 2016, we are living longer. Boys are expected to live into their 80’s and girls into their mid 80’s. However, the statistics show that chronic diseases such as dementia and stroke are on the rise due to aging.

When I was 5 years old I thought that my … Read more

Packing For Separation

by Bree Staines on September 28, 2016

Bree Staines

When a couple separate and there is a need to effect a property settlement, the party to the relationship/marriage that is leaving the family home may be too preoccupied to think about what they need to take when leaving the property. When everything a home needs can be purchased brand new from Kmart, taking your favourite clothing items and leaving … Read more

Mythbusters – Family Law Myths Debunked – Part 1

by Rhiannon Noble on September 27, 2016

Rhiannon Noble

Won’t my Wife and I get 50% of the property pool each? I have been living with my partner for six months, are we in a defacto relationship? Won’t the Court allow me to have my children 50% of the time? These are the types of questions family lawyers hear on a regular basis and just like the MythBusters team … Read more