Category Archives: Family

Family Court dismisses appeal by Wife seeking bigger share of blind Husband’s $622,842 lottery win

In a very recent decision, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia sitting in Melbourne has dismissed a Wife’s appeal seeking a greater share of the property pool, made up primarily of the Husband’s lottery winnings. The case, … Continue reading

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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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Court and Queensland Parliament taking tough stance against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has been at the forefront of the Australian media in recent months. Recently amongst the stories making headlines, a South Australian Judge, His Honour Judge Muscat, has sentenced domestic violence perpetrator, Mr Andrew Ritter, to over six years … Continue reading

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“I am not sure I am the father and I am paying child support” – What are my rights?

There are occasions where a person is assessed by the Child Support Agency (CSA) to pay child support in circumstances where they are not sure they are the father of the child. The CSA will only make an assessment for … 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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Blake & Sam…. the fairy tale is over but what have we learnt? (Lessons from The Bachelor)

No doubt some of you have been watching this season of The Bachelor intently, and it seems that it will continue to peak interest even after the show has ended.  Hearts have been broken, engagement rings have gone missing (maybe?) … Continue reading

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Overseas travel for separated families – some things to consider

With Christmas only 6 weeks away and school holidays looming many parents will be thinking about holidays and domestic and overseas travel. It is timely to think about your rights and obligations as a parent who seeks to travel overseas … 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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