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The Law and You: Children and passports – parental consent

If you want to get an Australian passport for your child, you can apply to the Australian Passports Office for one if you have parental responsibility for the child and if you have the consent of all other persons who have parental responsibility for the child. What if you can’t get consent? Can you apply […]

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When a will becomes a won’t

It’s the stuff of Hollywood legends. Someone dies, and their will becomes a hotly-contested document – igniting more claims to financial rights than the discovery of oil in the Antarctic. But even in quiet suburban Canberra, the last will and testaments of ordinary citizens can sometimes cause enormous grief and infighting amongst the family members […]

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How to cope with delays in the Family Law Court system

If you know someone recently involved in family law litigation you’ve probably heard them talk about delays in the Family Law system and how courts struggle with dwindling resources and increasing caseloads. The Australian Government has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct a wide-ranging review into the Family Law system and to provide […]

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Full compensation after a road accident currently on the line

Do you understand the changes being proposed to the ACT’s Compulsory Third Party Insurance scheme? It will be one of the issues deliberated by a Citizen’s Jury this weekend, but there are plenty who oppose any change to the ACT’s fully-funded scheme. Personal injury expert and Maliganis Edwards Johnson partner James Treloar has asked Canberrans to […]

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The challenges of trying to solve your own legal problems without expert advice

Marriage or relationship breakdown is a stressful and uncertain time. Emotions run high and you might not be thinking clearly. Sorting issues between you and your former partner without legal advice and without legally formalising your agreement is risky. This includes parenting and property matters. It’s all too easy to make mistakes that can lead […]

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Why you should know what the word Penda means

Earlier this week in Parliament House, an innovative new phone app was launched in Canberra which has the potential to save a life. Penda is an app that helps women to navigate their way through the scenario of domestic violence. It provides safety, financial and legal information and referrals for women at risk and includes a safety […]

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The Law and You: Domestic violence cross-examination

In Family and Domestic Violence Courts across Australia, hundreds of women who have survived domestic violence have been directly cross-examined by violent ex-partners, adding a further layer of anxiety to their already high stress levels. New changes to the law proposed by the Australian Government mean that victims of domestic violence will no longer have […]

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Understanding Law: Making an Enduring Power of Attorney

We like to think that we’re the architects of our own destinies. However, the reality is that personal situations change and accidents happen – so it’s important to have a contingency plan in place. Appointing a Power of Attorney ensures that someone you trust can make decisions on your behalf in the event you’re unable to […]

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The Law and You: Bankruptcy and property settlement

What happens with debts in a family law property settlement? What happens if your partner becomes bankrupt? How does this affect your settlement? This column shares information and tips on how to handle debts and a property settlement. It’s an important topic and you’ll want to seek expert legal advice so you understand your rights […]

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The Law and You: Leaving your children unsupervised

Do children have to be a certain age before parents can leave them home unsupervised or allow them to walk to school by themselves? Opinions differ widely on the topic and the debate rages over what is right or wrong, including on Internet blogs. This article explores some legal issues around what age is ‘old […]

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