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What is domestic violence, and what can I do if I am experiencing it?

‘Domestic violence’ is a term we hear frequently and one that we may quickly associate with the violent crimes we sadly see all too frequently on the news, where women...


What is collaborative law? | Part two

Collaborative law relies on a level of trust between all of the parties involved in a matter. There are, unfortunately, many matters that have to ultimately go to court, but...


Preparing for Cross-Examination

By Amy Little What happens in a cross-examination? Cross-examination is when a witness is asked questions by the other person or lawyer in the case. One reason for cross-examination is...


Parenting Matters: Should I Record My Ex?

By Amy Little When you’re in the midst of a parenting dispute and your ex is acting inappropriately at changeovers, you wouldn’t be the first person to be tempted to...


What is collaborative law? | Part one

Lisa Foley, managing director at DA Family Lawyers, practices in all aspects of family law, including parenting disputes, property settlement, child protection, domestic violence matters and international child abuse. As...


Children’s surnames in family law disputes

The issue of what surname a child should be known as is often required to be considered in the Family Law Courts. Deborah Awyzio elaborates in this LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/childrens-surnames-family-law-disputes-deborah-awyzio/


Sperm donation – are you a parent?

The legal ambit of the case was about constitutional law and about how State and Federal legislation operates. Essentially Victorian legislation provides that there is an irrebuttable presumption that if...


How long does property settlement take?

The division of property is often one of the most difficult issues to resolve in a divorce. If you are going through a divorce, you will know that it can...


New protection at court for domestic violence victims

From 10 September 2019, new arrangements begin about the cross-examination of victims of domestic violence in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts of Australia. This is relevant for parties...