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Protecting your assets in a blended family

If you are starting a new relationship and have children from a previous relationship, you might be concerned about protecting your assets. I find this is particularly the case for people have already been through separation and divorce, and are wary of losing a big chunk of their assets a second time around. If you […]

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No fuss separation

It’s fair to say that breaking up is hard to do. To put it mildly, separation is a time of significant change – the end of a relationship, moving homes, going from two incomes to one, becoming a single parent – one of these things alone is usually stressful, but combining them all together? It’s […]

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3 reasons you need to have a legally binding property settlement

People occasionally ask why they need to have any kind of legal property settlement. This is particularly the case when a couple has separated amicably and are in agreement as to how they will divide their property. If you don’t have a formal property settlement that is legally binding – either by way of a financial agreement, consent order or other […]

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Do I need a parenting plan?

You have a number of options for formalising parenting arrangements for your children. There is no right or wrong option, only the option that best matches your needs:- 1. Nothing in writing I find that parents who have low conflict and who can communicate together effectively often do not need to have anything in writing. […]

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How to write a good family law affidavit

The affidavit is a written sworn statement of evidence. In family law proceedings, the majority of evidence is given by affidavit, rather than by speaking in the witness stand. That makes the affidavit a very important document. Your affidavit should contain all of the relevant facts of your case, and nothing else. The biggest mistakes […]

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What are my options for child support?

You have four options for child support. There is no right or wrong option, only the option that best matches your needs:- 1. Informal agreement You and your ex-partner can agree between you how much child support will be paid, whether it is cash or non-cash things like private school fees or a combination of both. […]

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Children of same-sex couples declared normal!

I realise this might seem controversial to those who oppose LGBT rights (or as I think of them, ‘human rights’), but according to research conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, children raised by same-sex parents progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the same rate as other children. Some messages to take home: Having two […]

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How do I prepare for a family report?

If you are in court for parenting proceedings, chances are a family report will be ordered at some stage. The family report is very important and you need to go into it well prepared. It is written by a social worker or psychologist. It provides information for the judge about you, your ex-partner, your children, […]

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Do grandparents have rights?

Sometimes grandparents suffer the fallout in a family conflict. Every case is different, but most typically we see situations where one parent after separation has primary custody of the children and is stopping the other spouse’s parents from seeing the children. If this is happening to you, you can apply to the court for an order under […]

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Can my ex be made to pay my legal costs?

People who are in court often want to know if they can recover their legal costs from the other person. While it seems to be standard practice for lawyers to seek an order that the other person pays your legal costs in bringing or defending court proceedings, the reality is that a costs order (if […]

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