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How to save $1000's on your divorce or separation

by The financial cost of having a Court decide how property is to be divided or how children are to parented can be disproportionate to the value of property or the issues in dispute. The hours spent preparing for hearings, meeting with solicitors and barristers, and attending Court can cost tens of thousands in legal fees and Court fees. Cases often
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Sperm Donors and Parental Rights

by Women who rely on male friends to assist them to conceive with no expectation that the donor would become the child’s parent can rely on the Status of Children Act to have control over who is named legal parent of their child, however if an appeal to the High Court is successful then this certainty may disappear. Under State law
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Man sues wife for negligence after jumping from their Mercedes Benz

Man sues wife for negligence after jumping from their Mercedes Benz

by A recent ABC News article reports a NSW man jumped from a moving car during a heated argument with his wife. The car was travelling at 50km per hour and he sustained serious injury. He sued his wife for negligence arguing that, if she had applied the brakes when she saw he was about to jump, his injuries would have
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Am I in a de facto relationship?

by This is a question we are often asked by clients and in today’s society the answer is not always straightforward. Section 4AA of the Family Law Act defines a de facto relationship as one where the persons are not married to each other, not related and where, having regard to all the circumstances of their relationship, they have a relationship
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Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia to be combined in 2019

by The Federal Attorney-General has announced that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court will be combined in 2019. This will, it is said, result in more cases being heard each year. The logic of this is not apparent. It seems unlikely that, absent further funding for more judges, the combination of the courts will lessen the long
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Valuation Disputes

by One of the first steps in determining how property  should be divided is to identify and value the assets of the parties. Preferably parties are able to agree on the value of assets and no formal valuations are required. When parties cannot agree on a value then the Family Law Rules 2004 set out the procedure for appointing a single
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What's new in family law?

by The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has issued a new practice direction setting out arrangements for the management of interim proceedings in family law matters. The Practice Direction commences on 1 January 2018, and can be found on the Court website here, No. 2 of 2017 Interim Family Law Proceedings (from 1 January 2018). The Practice Direction applies for all
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Calculating time in family law matters

by Ensuring compliance with Court Orders can be a tricky beast if you do not know what you are doing.  Usually, there are consequences contemplated in the Orders if a party fails to comply with an action by a particular date/time.  A crucial, but often overlooked, part of all family law proceedings is correctly calculating the time by which actions provided
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The Decision Is In … And You Don’t Like It:- The Ins and Outs of Filing an Appeal

by Court proceedings in family law matters typically follow the same process:- applications for property or parenting orders are filed, if matters are not resolved by consent (either at mediation or by direct negotiation), the Judge decides the outcome after a hearing/trial. At trial, the Judge will hear the evidence, as well as the legal submissions of (or on behalf of)
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