Category Archives: Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law

Sophie Pearson was one of the first trained collaborative professionals, completing her training in 2006, at the time Queensland Collaborative Law commenced. Collaborative Law is a term reasonably new to the Australian “divorce” process, but is gaining momentum in Australia … Continue reading

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“Notice of Risk” – Compulsory from 12 January 2015

Under the Family Law Act, parties are required to file a “Notice of Risk” if they allege that a child has been abused or is at risk of being abuse, or if there has been family violence between the parties or … Continue reading

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Independent Children’s Lawyers

The role of the Independent Children’s Lawyer is to assist the Court in making Orders which are in the best interests of the child. An Independent Children’s Lawyer will not be appointed in all parenting matters before the Court, however … Continue reading

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What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t comply with parenting orders?

The judgment of Ridgely & Stiller [2014]FCCA2668 is a sobering reminder of how a Court can deal with parenting arrangements and what the consequences are of not putting a child’s best interests before the parents’ own interest. Judge Bender of … Continue reading

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How do I apply for a divorce?

Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics provide that in Australia in 2012 there were 123,244 marriages registered and 49,917 divorces granted. With such high rates of divorce, we are being increasingly asked by our clients how do I apply … Continue reading

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Is Collaborative Law the solution for your family law matter?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced he would cut $30m of funds from the Family Law Courts in his costings document released days before the September 2013 election. The Senate committee heard on Monday, 18 November 2013, that the Family Court … Continue reading

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Collaborative Law Training

Congratulations to Scott Pearson and Rebecca Durkin who have successfully completed the Collaborative Law Training. At McLaughlins, we now have three Collaboratively trained professionals available to consult with you in our Gold Coast offices in Southport and Burleigh. Rebecca Durkin … Continue reading

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