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Is Coercive Control illegal in Australia?

  Coercive Control has been described as a form of intimate terrorism, but is it illegal in Australia? What is Coercive Control? Coercive control is the term given to a series of behaviours abusers use to dominate, manipulate and micro-manage every aspect of their victim’s life. Behaviours may include restricting access to bank accounts, isolating …

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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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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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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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What does the recent Federal Budget mean for family law?

This year’s Federal Budget included a number of plans for addressing issues surrounding family law? For some time, family law courts have been under-resourced and not able to cope with the sheer number of matters which pass through the system. Further to this, there has been a lack of attention to the complexities of this …

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New managing director proving success is in the family

DA Family Lawyers has announced the appointment of a new managing director who is expected to lead the firm to a new era of growth and prosperity. Experienced practitioner Lisa Foley (pictured above left) has stepped into the role of managing director while DA Family Lawyers’ founder Deborah Awyzio (pictured above right) remains a director …

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