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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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The Law and You: Am I in a de facto relationship?

For many couples, marriage is no longer the be-all-end-all. Some couples have been dating for a while. They socialise as a couple, have met each other’s family and live out of each other’s homes. They might even be thinking about moving in, opening joint bank accounts, contributing to joint expenses, buying property and having children. […]

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The Law and You: Deciding on where your child goes to school

You might have separated from your partner, but if you have children together you’ll always have a relationship with them — your co-parenting relationship. Your co-parenting relationship is one of the most important, involved and ongoing ties in your life and the life of your children. It’s important to handle this well. This column shares […]

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The Law and You: Acting rationally with high emotions

Acting rationally. When you’re going through a highly emotionally charged separation from your spouse or partner, it’s easier said than done to stay cool. This column shares four tips to help get you through the initial painful period of separation, and even through negotiations and/or matters in Court. They can help you reach an amicable […]

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The Law and You: Relocating with children after separation

Going through a divorce is hard on families, especially when one party decides to relocate. It takes time for new routines to be established and for children and adults to feel comfortable with their different lifestyles, new roles and changed responsibilities. Relocation cases are often the hardest cases for family courts to decide. Former Family […]

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