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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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The Law and You: Changing a child’s name

What happens when a parent wants to change their child’s surname? This is not uncommon after a relationship breakdown and separation, especially when one parent has re-partnered or married again and other children with different surnames are involved. Sometimes parents wish to adopt a hyphenated surname for example, for all of their children. This can […]

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The Law And You: Mobile phone recordings and family law

What you need to know. Gone are the days when telephones were large hand-held devices used to make that simple little phone call. Today, more than 16 million Australians have a smartphone—mini super computers. We take them everywhere and use them all the time. They document and record our daily lives. With such a powerful […]

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The Law And You: Disputes over the best school for your child

If you and your ex-partner can’t agree on where and how your child is to be educated, you can seek orders from the Federal Circuit Court.  Before doing so, however, it’s best to be informed on what you first need to do and what the Courts expect. This column provides important information on the responsibilities […]

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The Law and You: Social media during Christmas holidays

Social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, are fabulous ways for separated families to stay in touch. So is Skype, including on special days when children can’t be with both parents. However, technology is only wonderful when used in the right way. Technology can quickly become problematic when couples who are separating say or do […]

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Understanding Law: DUI and the holiday season

So often, people assume that drink driving is an offence limited to young and inexperienced drivers – but this is not the case. Having worked at the ACT Magistrates Court, it’s my experience that although offenders do include younger drivers, the majority are actually older drivers who usually say they felt okay to drive after […]

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The Law and You: Three ways to reach a property settlement out of Court

If you know a family lawyer or anyone recently involved in family law litigation, you’ve probably heard them say the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court are sinking under the pressures of dwindling resources and an increasing number of cases. So if you’re involved in a family law Court matter, you can expect significantly more […]

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