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13 February 2018
Death and other discomforts
100% of all relationships will end, either by breakdown of the relationship or by death. Two recent cases decided by the Family Court deal with the death of one of the parties. While they are quite different, each case does show a judge trying to achieve fair outcomes.
14 December 2017
Cost of Costs
We are strong advocates for our clients but retain the necessary focus on what will advance the best interests of those clients, which is not always high cost high conflict litigation. If that is essential then we do not shrink from it. If it is not we will find a better way.
07 December 2017
Apps and Communication for Separating Parents
The are some incredible and innovative Apps available that make communications for separating families much easier whether those families are still separated under one roof or not.
23 November 2017
It's The Vibe
One of the more difficult tasks that we confront is deciding when a couple is in a de facto relationship. There is no difficulty in proving, in almost every case, whether a couple is married or not. There is a marriage certificate. While de facto relationships can be registered, very few are.
26 September 2017
A Bad Debt Follows You
Recovery of child support arrears by the payee
21 August 2017
Freedom's just another word...
We take our freedoms for granted. This includes some we don't really have.
21 August 2017
Getting a Gett
The Family Court (the Court) delivered a decision in May dealing with the granting of a Gett (Jewish Divorce) and the Court's powers in relation to it. This is not the first time the Court has had an opportunity to deal with the issue but this time the Court refused to get involved.
05 May 2017
Obeying the Conventions
The question of jurisdiction is usually straightforward. However, Australia is a party to international treaties and conventions that interact with the operation of our law.
24 February 2017
Trust is the First Casualty
In a recent case, the parties thought they had got the right result by fair means, one of the parties then believed they got the wrong result by unfair means, a trial judge decided they got the right result for the wrong reasons, and in the Full Court, two of the three judges decided the judge got the right result for the wrong reasons.
12 January 2017
No Care and No Responsibility
There are two recent cases on child support that, for different reasons, have outcomes that seem harsh on the payer.
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