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SUCCEED IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking
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SEX WORKER FAILS

This was an application by a Ms Kristoff (not her real name) seeking orders to adjust property division between her and who she alleged was her defacto partner Mr Emerson (not his real name). Mr Emerson was a paying client of Ms Kristoff, a sex worker. They became friends after finding they had a mutual interest in horses.
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JUST A THOUGHT

Life takes unexpected turns but we try to help our clients navigate those turns. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ― Dalai Lama
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SEPARATING PEACEFULLY

DANGERS OF CONTINUING COHABITATION AFTER SEPARATION AND THE EFFECTS ON CHILDREN. What have you been advised to do? There is potential danger and injury to the physical and mental health of both the parties and their children where they choose to continue to live in a state of anxiousness and conflict.
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CHILDRENS RIGHTS NOT PARENTS RIGHTS

In a recent published case Golby & Nayar [2014] a Federal Circuit Court Judge comment that "The Family Law Act 1975 recognises that children have a right to know and be cared for by both of their parents, and it is very important for children to have both parents in their life if possible, but these are children’s rights

Preparing for Property Settlement Mediation

Mediation is about self-determination; that is reaching your own agreement on your own terms.  However, that does not mean you reach an agreement without knowing what your legal options and outcomes are, particularly when determining how property…

Use of Multiple Mediation Sessions

It is more often the case that where lawyers are involved in family law mediations with their clients that there is an expectation that the mediation will continue for a number of hours, in some cases many hours, until agreement is reached or…
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PARENT APPLICATIONS TO COURT – WHAT HAPPENS?

Where a settlement cannot be reached by negotiation or mediation (family dispute resolution) then court proceedings can be commenced and the Court will make a decision at a trial, based upon the evidence presented and the Court will consider the following: --
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LOTTERY WINNINGS?

The parties had been married for 20 years and separated for 6 months (but not divorced) when the Wife won $6 million jackpot on the lottery. The husband argued that his ex-wife used money from joint funds to purchase the lotto ticket.
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ADOPTING A STEP CHILD

Do you want to adopt a Step-Child? The mother of a young child consulted us about her new partner wanting to adopt the child so that he would be formally recognised as being the child’s parent.