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Family Law

Felicity Reeman

On 24 September 2015, the federal Government gave $100 million in funding to combat domestic violence in Australia. The funding, whilst inevitably not enough, is most certainly a step in the right direction in the war against violence women.

It beggars belief, however, that our modern nation is compelled to dedicate such extensive resources towards fighting domestic violence. How have … Read more

Divorce is Always Good News

by Peter Magee on April 26, 2016

Daniel Rod

One of my favourite comedians, Louis CK does an incredible bit in one of his specials when he discusses his divorce. He said:

“Divorce is always good news. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce. That would be sad. If two people were married and … they just had a Read more

How to deal with a bully in the Family Law context

by Peter Magee on April 11, 2016

Peter Magee

Everyone knows a bully. From the school yard to the office or from the media to politics, we usually don’t have to look very far.

Unfortunately, another very common place for a bully to do their worst is in their intimate relationship, where they can directly or insidiously wear down their partner. The concept of “battered wife syndrome” is relatively … Read more

Divorce Coach: Episode 2 – What’s the Cost

by Peter Magee on February 4, 2016

Daniel Rod

People often ask me: “What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone separating from their spouse?”

Here’s my answer as follows:

Picture a wonderful holiday to Disneyland Florida, Paris or Tokyo. Now picture yourself, your children and picture your new partner – one who you and your children absolutely adore and in turn adores you.

Picture a holiday … Read more

Divorce Coach: Episode 1 – Life begins again.

by Peter Magee on February 1, 2016

Daniel Rod

I often tell my clients in their first consultation with me the following phrase:

“What you’re going through, is awful. I'm not here to sugar coat it for you, but remember you’re at step one of a long journey ahead BUT there is good news, it gets better.”

Separation is hard often gut-wrenchingly difficult, but it doesn’t stay that way. … Read more

Family Court Cold Case

by Peter Magee on January 27, 2016

Peter Magee

New South Wales Detectives have cracked a case dating back 30 years during a period of time in the 1980’s when members of the Family Court judiciary and practitioners were being terrorised. A Family Court litigant, Leonard John Warwick has been arrested for being alleged to have committed vicious attacks against three Judges involved in Warwick’s family law trial, a … Read more

Peter Magee

Whilst Toadfish from Neighbours or Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad fame may try to persuade you otherwise, it is undeniable that the legal industry is becoming more and more specialised. It is however, still common for some lawyers to dabble in a broad range of practice areas and depending on their expertise and experience, this can unfortunately result in less … Read more

King Solomon and Family Law

by Peter Magee on January 7, 2016

Daniel Rod

I was recently reminded of a Biblical story that I was taught growing up of the wisdom of King Solomon. The story, found in Melachim (“Kings”) 1 3:12, revolves about a dispute between two mothers over a young child. Both mothers, believing that the child was theirs approached the King for help in resolving the dispute. The King proposed to … Read more

Gold Coast House Party

by Michelle McDermott on December 18, 2015

Michelle McDermott

The way that the press report stories, particularly relating to family law matters, has always been one of those things that has caused me to get a little, shall we say, cross.

Take the recent example of a house party on the Gold Coast which a mother hosted for her 14 year old daughter. The old saying is that ‘a … Read more

Felicity Reeman

The Daily Mail Australia online reported on 15 June 2015 that Australian children as young as 12 years old are seeking gender reassignment following Caitlyn Jenner’s highly publicised decision to transition to a woman. An individual’s decision to alter their gender is undoubtedly fraught with numerous psycho-social concerns. Of great interest to us family lawyers is the legal implications that … Read more