Family Law and Social Media

07 Jan
2020

Family Law and Social Media

Social Media Feuds: How It Can Affect Your Family Law Matter Almost 11 Million Australians will use Facebook over the course of 2019. Like most people, Facebook is used as a platform to share your thoughts and experiences or listen to others. As such, it is not uncommon to across…

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21 Dec
2019

Monitoring Spouses and Privacy

Monitoring Spouses and Ex-Partners: Skirting a Fine Line During a breakdown of a relationship or marriage, an individual’s life (both personal and public) are usually retracted from the other party. This can be a strange time for some people, as many parties spend years intentionally or unintentionally knowing the whereabouts…

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13 Dec
2019

Equal Shared Responsibility and Major Long Term Issues

A typical parenting order made by the Court will involve equal shared parental responsibility. This essentially means that both parents are required to consult each other on the major long-term issues of the children which relate to the order. Whilst the definition of “major issues” is not meant to be…

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18 Oct
2019

Obligations and Rights Under Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

It is unlawful to discriminate against another person who possesses certain attributes in Australia. The federal legislative instruments which govern this area of law include:- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Sex Discrimination Act 1984 Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 4. Disability Discrimination Act 1992 5.Age Discrimination Act 2004 Collectively, this…

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10 Oct
2019

Criminal Law in Family Law Proceedings

The Impact of Criminal Law in the Family Law Jurisdiction Pursuant to section 61DA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility exists within family law proceedings. However, this presumption does not apply in circumstances where parents have engaged in family violence due to…

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01 Oct
2019

Child Custody and International Law

One of the biggest issues facing Multi-national Australian families is parenting arrangements and custody of children. The 2011 Census suggests nearly half of the Australian population has one parent who was born in another country. As Australia has one of the highest intermarriage rates and divorces in the world, this…

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16 Sep
2019

Solicitors Role in Family Proceedings

The role of solicitors in Family Law proceedings may not be known the parties before commencing legal representation. In the case of Simic& Norton [2017] FamCA 1007, Justice Benjamin was critical of both parties’ solicitors, describing their actions as fuelling a negative culture of “bitter adversarial and highly aggressive litigation”.…

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30 Aug
2019

Property and Sentimental Value

Sentimental Value in Property Settlement In determining how the property pool is split, the Court has previously highlighted the difficult, and sometimes unique circumstances where one party may have sentimental value in an asset. In one particular case, the Husband of the proceedings was given 14 days to retrieve the…

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02 Jul
2019

Engagement Ring Property Rights

Who Keeps the Ring after Separation? One of the big questions couples have after a relationship breaks down is what happens to the engagement ring. The issue of which party has claim to this item can be contentious, with many different opinions based on tradition, morals and conventions. Where parties…

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12 Jun
2019

Restorative Justice in Queensland

Restorative justice is the principle of diverting offenders to rehabilitative services such as pre-court mediation, community conferencing between the offender/victim and engaging with specialised programs to reform criminal behaviour. The principles of restorative justice are reflected within a multitude of different legal instruments, such as the Youth Justice Act 1992…

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