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Are your parent’s estates protected? Let’s talk GAU v GAV [2014] QCA 308

by Property adjustment proceedings - Husband’s mother’s Will altered The recently upheld appeal of GAU v GAV [2014] QCA 308 shines the spotlight on an incapacitated testator’s Will being changed, despite the effect a change may have on property adjustment proceedings in a family law matter. The Queensland Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal enabling a testator’s Will to be
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Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain: Why breaching Parenting Orders does not work

by Did you read the articles about Rebecca Minnock, the Somerset, England woman who “did a runner” with her 3-year old son when the Court ruled against her in parenting proceedings? Minnock and the child’s father had been engaged in a legal battle regarding his contact with the child.  In February 2015, the Court ruled she had fabricated allegations to obstruct
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Google Acts on “Revenge Porn”

by On 19 June 2015 Google issued a  public policy  advising that, contrary to their previous practice, they have now decided to honour requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google search results. Google advises that in the coming weeks they will put up a web form people can use to submit the request.
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Jensen v Jensen: Application Dismissed

by We’ve all heard the media hype surrounding the Canberra couple, Nick and Sarah Jensen, who pledged to divorce if same sex marriage is legalised in Australia. In essence the couple, who claim to have a perfectly intact marriage and intend to continue their relationship, have vowed (no pun intended) to divorce if same sex marriage is legalised. Regardless of your
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Relationship + Separation + Property + Handshake Agreement = Not Legally Binding? – Part 2

by Part 2 of our 2 part series on legally binding de facto and matrimonial property matters:- Considering Binding Financial Agreements Last week, we reminded you that if you want to fully and finally resolve matrimonial or de facto property matters, you need to formalise your agreement by way of Consent Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement. So what is a Binding Financial
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Relationship + Separation + Property + Handshake Agreement = Not Legally Binding? – Part 1

by Part 1 of our 2 part series on legally binding de facto and matrimonial property matters:- Considering Consent Orders     You need a Court Order or Binding Financial Agreement to have a legally effective property settlement. It is important to formalise the agreement reached with respect to the distribution of property (matrimonial or de facto). A document either handwritten or typed
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Adult Child Maintenance: Financial Support for children over 18

Adult Child Maintenance: Financial Support for children over 18

by The Child Support Agency deals only with the financial support of children under the age of 18 save where the child has turned 18 in which case it can continue until the last day of the high school year in which the child turns 18. So what if your child embarks on further study? Do parents have an obligation to
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Children, International Travel, Relocation and the Law:- A Practical Guide

Children, International Travel, Relocation and the Law:- A Practical Guide

by The recent 60 Minutes documentary about the Vincenti children highlights the importance of understanding what “parental responsibility” means and your rights and obligations when you share parental responsibility with the other parent, particularly in relation to international travel and/or relocation of children. You will recall the heartbreaking media footage of the 4 sisters being removed from their Sunshine Coast home
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