“We do”

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Family Court ruling clarifies status of potentially polygamous marriages. By Sage Leslie In many countries around the world, polygamous marriage, where a person is married to more than one person, is still practiced legally. While they cannot be legally performed … Read More

NFAW Press Club Event

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On Tuesday 11 November 2014 Julie Dobinson, Di Simpson, Sally McGuinness and Rebecca Tetlow attended an event at the National Press Club, hosted by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). Eminent Anthropologist Professor Emerita, Diane Bell spoke of “Science … Read More

A different use for BFAs?

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Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs – sometimes colloquially known as “pre-nups”), are usually designed to protect assets owned by one member of a couple from a claim by the other member of the couple in the event of separation. Typically, BFAs … Read More

Will Family Law change under a Coalition Government?

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Members of the Federal Parliament and their staff from all political parties will tell you that they receive numerous queries and complaints about family law matters, and in particular about the operation of the child support system, from those in … Read More

Formalise financial & property matters, in case you win the lottery

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A recent case decided by the Family Court in Sydney is a timely reminder for separating couples to formalise financial and property matters after separation. In this case, the wife won $6 million on lotto six months after separation from … Read More

Informal Settlements Really Are Risky: Bevan and Bevan 2013

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Sometimes I meet a person who happily tells me that they have “sorted” their property settlement with their ex, informally, “just between us”.  No paperwork, no orders, no lawyers.  “We just did what we agreed”.  That might sound pretty good … Read More

Retirement Income: What’s Choice Got To Do With It?

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On 25 July 2013, Prue Cameron of The Australia Institute published a report titled “What’s Choice Got To Do With It?” tackling the reasons why Australian women retire with significantly less superannuation resources than their male counterparts. According to the research, … Read More

Don’t forget to include Superannuation in Divorces and Wills

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This week the Daily Telegraph, commenting on a survey undertaken by Suncorp, reported that of Australia’s 84,000 divorces, 86% failed to include the parties’ superannuation interests in the division of assets. Given the statistics regarding women already suffering from a … Read More

Why Young People Need A Will Too

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On 21 July 2012, 21 year old Ben Catanzariti was killed in a workplace accident on a construction site in Kingston.  One year on, Ben’s parents have remembered his death with a memorial and by launching a campaign to raise … Read More

What is a De Facto Relationship?

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Since 2009, the Family Law Act has applied to property disputes between de facto couples including same-sex de facto couples. This has led to a raft of enquiries to family lawyers from clients who are in, or contemplating entering into, … Read More

DIY Disaster: Estate Planning and Self Managed Superannuation

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Too often we see the headlines Estate Planning DIY Disaster. Its most recent appearance graced the pages of the Self-Managed Super Fund Advisor on July 9. It read “DIY Estate Planning disasters increasing”. Unfortunately, it is true. Many people do … Read More

Don’t forget to register your dog, car…and De Facto relationship?

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently announced his support for same-sex marriage in Australia.  But what difference will change to Australian law, allowing same-sex marriage, make?  Legally, it will make very little difference.  Symbolically, on the other hand, it will make … Read More

DV-Oh No! Domestic Violence Orders

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Have you been served with an interim Domestic Violence Order? You may be feeling confused or upset.  Perhaps overwhelmed by or frustrated at being prevented from doing certain things.  It’s ok because you have options but there is a process … Read More

Domestic Violence Orders: The Courage to Change

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It can be an overwhelming experience when you decide to confront the domestic violence in your life, and it is with this in mind that this article is written; to provide you with an outline of the process involved. If … Read More

Domestic Violence: A Private Affair

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With confronting photographs splashed across the media, continuing news headlines and persistent tabloid covers, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has unwittingly become the public face of domestic violence. Images depicting Lawson’s husband, advertising bigwig Charles Saatchi, with his hands around Lawson’s … Read More

Family Court: A Judicial Insight

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Interviews by Family Court Judges are not common and understandably, due to the nature of the job and in no small part. They work in a field where public policy and legislation exist specifically to protect the identification of those … Read More

Opening the DOORS to Family Law

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Chair of the Family Law Council of Australia, Mr Rick O’Brien recently announced a national audit of family violence training to identify best practice. The Law Council’s Family Law Section has undertaken a range of training and practice development initiatives over … Read More

ACT Courts welcome safety initiatives

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On June 20 this year, legislation to assist Federal Courts and tribunals in the management of their security was passed in Parliament. The Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC described the new laws as clarifying and enhancing the powers available to security personnel … Read More

Forever (or never) in the spotlight? Publication and Dissemination of Information

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Rupert Murdoch’s power and influence will forever mean that his life and the happenings within his family are always in the media spotlight. Unfortunately for Murdoch, the last several weeks has seen both newspapers and blogs run with the story … Read More

The ‘Do More with Less’ Syndrome and impact on Family Law

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In a continuing focus on matters relating to access to justice and the legal system, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, announced on 20 June 2013 that the Productivity Commission would undertake a review of how to … Read More

Make room! I’m moving in…Family Care Arrangements

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Moving in with a family member can have many benefits for an elderly person seeking companionship or extra help with daily activities; however, without the proper planning, these arrangements can cause significant heartache for all involved. Tweet

Child’s Play: A jab of love, fear & vaccines

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Over the last several weeks, a New South Wales’ daily newspaper has pursued a campaign to influence policy change relating to the compulsory immunisation of children attending day care and school facilities. It is known as the No Jab. No … Read More

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