Binding Death Benefit Nomination

Superannuation can be a significant asset for many people and for some, it represents the larger part of their Estate. However, superannuation benefits don’t automatically flow to your Estate when you die. They are instead are distributed by the Trustee of the superannuation fund based on the rules of the fund and the relevant superannuation law. While this is the … Read More

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What is equal shared parental responsibility?

In parenting matters, the law presumes that is it in the best interests of a child for their parents to have equal shared parental responsibility for making decisions in relation to their child or children, unless there is evidence of domestic violence or abuse.  So what is equal shared parental responsibility? Parental responsibility covers the usual decisions, powers and responsibilities … Read More

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Domestic violence support

During recent times we have all spent a considerable amount of time at home but for some, home is not the safest place.  We discuss domestic violence support and where those impacted by domestic violence can turn for help. By many accounts, requests for domestic violence support have spiked and are expected to increase even as the COVID-19 restrictions continue … Read More

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Benefits of mediation

Often people assume that mediation or Family dispute resolution is only relevant to family law matters involving children, but this is not the case. For parenting matters mediation is compulsory, and in property matters it is highly recommended. Why mediation? First and foremost, mediation can represent an economical option compared with litigating a dispute through the courts. Not only does … Read More

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What to expect at your first Family Law appointment

Scheduling an appointment to discuss a family law matter can be daunting, at an already tense time. To help lift some of the mystery and provide some peace of mind, we’ve put together a guide of what to expect at your first appointment. What to bring? It’s important to bring with you two forms of photo identification (preferably your driver … Read More

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Parenting during restrictions

Changes in employment, schooling and the general increase in anxiety caused by the current climate have prompted a rise in family tensions. Parents who are separated and have shared care of their children are not immune. In this blog, we discuss how restrictions could have an impact on parenting arrangements. When the usual points of changeover are closed or inaccessible … Read More

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Family Law part 2 – Facebook and parenting disputes

LAST week, I spoke about Facebook as a platform for domestic violence. This week, I want to touch on the relevance of social media to parenting disputes. Parenting disputes are (understandably) emotional affairs, and when emotions run high, it can sometimes be tempting to take to social media to vent frustration about a split. However, there are good reasons to … Read More

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Family Law Part 1 – Facebook and Domestic Violence

USUALLY when people think of domestic violence, they think of physical abuse, but did you know it can include online acts and conduct? The most common form of online domestic violence is threatening or abusive messages. In family law matters, courts have taken a wide view of what counts as a threatening or abusive post and evidence from social media … Read More

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