Portrait of sad blond little girl standing near wall

GOING TO SCHOOL - BUT WHERE?

If parents can't decide where their children should attend school then the Family Courts are often asked to make that decision. These are orders the Federal Circuit Court recently made in a report case -
Family Mediator

MORE REASONS TO MEDIATE

There are many reasons to mediate and to mediate before you litigate. There are times when you have to go to court first but then don't forget to mediate before you get to a trial stage. The Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court each have their own rules about dispute resolution.
Silhouette, group of happy children playing on meadow, sunset, s

SUCCEED IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking
2011_brisbane_court_600-copy

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.
depositphotos_57502547_xs

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
Unhappy couple has dispute and are not talking

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.
2011_brisbane_court_600-copy

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
2011_brisbane_court_600-copy

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: --
Couple with real-estate agent signing home investment contract

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.
Silhouette, group of happy children playing on meadow, sunset, s

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.