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Settling without going to court

I DON'T WANT TO GO TO COURT - WHY SHOULD YOU! For the last few years of my family law practice (spanning over 25 years) I have been struggling to reconcile my desire to assist my clients resolve their matters with the usual negotiation methods…
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Section 60I Certificates

As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP for short) my role is help people resolve arrangements for their children and for property related matters.  Unfortunately, some see my role as the provider of Section 60I Certificates.  First,…
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Grandparents Rights Under Family Law Act

Do grandparents have special rights under the Family Law Act?  They do have some priority and are specifically mentioned in the Family Law Act. We recently acted for grandparents wanting to spend time with their grandchild but who were…
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Offence – Removing a Child From Australia

Did you know: It is a Commonwealth offence for a person to take or send a child from Australia: - contrary to an order limiting or preventing the child's overseas travel - where court proceedings for a parenting order are pending, or -…
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Getting “What’s fair”

Divorce in the Family Courts can lead to uncertain and unpredictable outcomes. A recent case of Telfer [2016] FCWA 2 (4 January 2016) in the Family Court of Western Australia demonstrates how outcomes in property settlements can be just that. The…
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Words of Caution – Changing the Family Law Act

There has been a great deal of media attention recently (May 2016), attacking the ability of the Family Courts and its Judges to understand and appropriately deal with family violence. I have read that there are suggestions to further amend…