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Superannuation payments splits - separated less than 12 months

What Separated Couples Need to Know About Superannuation Payment Splits?

Superannuation payment splits pursuant to financial agreements when parties have been separated for less than 12 months and the member’s total withdrawal value exceeds the low rate cap amount that financial year Each financial year, the Australian Taxation Office sets a ‘low rate cap amount’ which is a limit on taxable components for lump sum …

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Domestic-Violence

Free Uber rides for people experiencing domestic and family violence

As a result of people needing to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the number of reported domestic violence situations. It is a very scary and stressful time for many people who cannot readily escape their situation due to limited finances or no access to a …

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Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

The draft Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Covid-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 which is not in force yet, will have the following effect for victims of domestic violence: They will be able to terminate a lease agreement if to do so, is necessary to protect them from domestic and family violence. They are able to …

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Communicating with the Court – Solicitors’ Responsibilities

A recent Legal Services Commission (“LSC”) case has highlighted the consequences for practitioners who communicate with judges without the prior consent of opposing parties. In a recent hearing before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the solicitor in question was charged with and found to have engaged in 3 counts of unsatisfactory professional conduct. …

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I reported harm to the Department of Child Safety, and they didn’t take any action

I reported harm to the Department of Child Safety, and they didn’t take any action

As a family lawyer, I often speak to parents who are concerned about their child or children being harmed in the care of the other parent or persons connected to the other parent. Sometimes those parents have already made a complaint or a report to the Department of Child Safety (“the department”) expressing their concern. …

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COVID-19 – Implications for Victims of Domestic Violence

COVID-19 – Implications for Victims of Domestic Violence

Amidst the sea of government-issued rules and restrictions our country is facing today in a concerted effort to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, there is another silent and significant danger faced by many Australians as a direct result of these rules. Domestic and family violence. What are the current restrictions? We are …

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