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The Law and You: Contravention of orders

You have orders or an agreement on an issue you’ve been facing with your partner, a relative or another party such as a neighbour. You now believe you can breathe because the matter’s taken care of. This can be true in some circumstances, but not in all. Just because you have orders or an agreement, […]

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The Law and You: Dividing specialty items during divorce

In general, Australians are marrying at a later age, living together before marriage and divorcing less compared to 20 years ago (ABS). Australia’s marriage rate is expected to dramatically increase with same-sex couples saying ‘I do’. Intermingling property during your marriage or de facto relationship is common, but what happens to heirlooms and other special […]

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The Law and You: Same sex marriage and Wills

It was a big day in Australia on 9 December 2017 when same sex marriage was legalised and the Marriage Act 1961 amended to reflect this momentous decision. While the change means that a marriage between same sex couples has the same legal validity and recognition as any other marriage, it’s important to understand any […]

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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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