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When is it safe to leave my children home alone?

Pose this question to anyone and there is bound to be conflicting and polarising views, and it may even spark an emotional debate. Interestingly, the law in Australia is somewhat of a ‘grey area’ as it doesn’t provide much clarity for this important decision all parents have to make regarding their … [Read more...] about When is it safe to leave my children home alone?

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS There is often much debate amongst parents about how to calculate the half-way point in the school holidays. We receive many calls from confused and distressed parents when changeover plans fall apart. This table sets out the holidays according to the NSW Board of Studies Website. … [Read more...] about SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

EASTER TIME (outside of school holidays)

When negotiating parenting arrangements a lot of parents agree to share time in the school holidays but forget to specifically negotiate special holidays such as Easter. This can make Easter time a very stressful period for all involved. Try and remember that Easter is about making an enjoyable and … [Read more...] about EASTER TIME (outside of school holidays)

It’s Mardi Gras! Here’s 5 things for same-sex couples to consider since the “YES”

Last year was the year of the YES and the celebrations will surely continue over what is to be an epic Mardi Gras weekend! But now that we have marriage equality, there is a whole new demographic who will likely need to engage in the family law process at some point in the future. Here is a list of … [Read more...] about It’s Mardi Gras! Here’s 5 things for same-sex couples to consider since the “YES”

We’ve split – does one of us have to move out?

As family lawyers, a question we are often asked by clients is “now that they we have separated, does one of us have to move out?”. The simply answer is no. Under the Family Law Act 1975, for married couples the only ground for divorce is that a marriage has broken down irretrievably and this is … [Read more...] about We’ve split – does one of us have to move out?

Child Support Evading Parents and Travel Bans

In recent news, a father who owed over $350,000 in unpaid child support was stopped at the airport and prevented from boarding his overseas flight and leaving the country. Miraculously, at the time of being stopped the Father paid the entire debt in full. He now holds the infamous record for the … [Read more...] about Child Support Evading Parents and Travel Bans

HAVING ANOTHER BITE AT THE CHERRY – CLAIMS AFTER THE FINAL ASSET SPLIT

Imagine this – you and your ex-spouse have gone through the long process of engaging lawyers, running through financial disclosure, negotiating at great length, and finally reaching an agreement on your asset division. Papers are drawn up, and everyone thinks “that’s the end of that!” Fast forward … [Read more...] about HAVING ANOTHER BITE AT THE CHERRY – CLAIMS AFTER THE FINAL ASSET SPLIT

Looking at Law Reforms – Local Court making Family Law decisions

I’ve been having a look at the Government’s proposed amendments to the Family Law Act contained in their Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017. Today I’m focusing on the proposal for increasing the Local Court’s ability to deal with division of the family’s assets. At … [Read more...] about Looking at Law Reforms – Local Court making Family Law decisions

Video Series: Why we don’t want you to go to court

We’re asked by our clients pretty much every single day - 'what does it mean for them if they come and see a lawyer? Does it mean that their case is going to go all the way through to a court hearing?' Thankfully for you, the answer is ‘definitely not’. We don’t want you to go to court either. In … [Read more...] about Video Series: Why we don’t want you to go to court

Five tips for better health during your separation

Separation is a life changing event. It's a challenging time, even if you know it's the best outcome for you and your family in the long term. There are so many considerations and decisions to make around property, the children, living arrangements and your future financial position (just to name a … [Read more...] about Five tips for better health during your separation