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The importance of preparation in mediation

By Deborah Awyzio – nationally accredited mediator and registered family dispute resolution provider   Mediation is not an extension of litigation The process of mediation is nearly the opposite of litigation. In litigation, parties delegate their decision making powers to a Judicial Officer, whereas the central theme in mediation is self-determination. Consequently parties come to a …

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Indemnity costs – when do they apply in Family Law Proceedings

By Deborah Awyzio, Accredited Family Law Specialist The position in relation to costs in proceedings commenced pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 is governed by Section 117 of that Act. That section clearly sets out the principle that each party to a proceeding should bear their own costs. In order to make a costs order, …

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The FIFO effect: The impact of fly-in fly-out roles on family breakdown

Since the mining boom, the number of FIFO workers in large mining states has grown significantly. This method of employing people from another state and flying them into remote areas for temporary work is increasingly popular. But what effect is it having on Australian families? Leaving your family for any extended period of time can …

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Why every couple should get a Financial Agreement

A new relationship is exciting. It’s fun, fresh and you never want it to end. The last thing you want to think about is breaking up. Based in Brisbane CBD, DA Family Lawyers know just how important a Financial Agreement can be, despite its difficulties. When you think about marriage you picture flowers, dresses and a …

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Domestic Violence – Why does my partner abuse me?

Domestic violence is a conscious choice with absolutely no excuses. Sounds easy to understand but what happens if a person is justifying their violent actions? DA Family Lawyers in Brisbane have uncovered some confronting statistics. Half of women have experienced violence at the hands of their partner in a relationship as well as a quarter …

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I’m separating from my partner, but don’t want to go to court. What is the alternative?

Separating from your partner is stressful, particularly when you have children together and own a house and other assets together. We recommend resolving the matter as quickly as possible through an approach that can assist in preventing parties from going to court.  This process is called Family Dispute Resolution and is also known as Mediation. …

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Queensland is the child abduction capital state

Australia has the highest rate of children being kidnapped by a parent in the world (per capita) with the majority of the abductions being from Queensland.  Getting a divorce is a difficult time for anyone; it’s made all the more difficult when children are part of that equation. So much change in someone’s life that …

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Increasing rates of separation between same-sex couples spark concern

  Many same-sex couples are deciding to part ways. This number is steadily growing year after year and opens multiple areas for concern, especially when children are involved.    When a same-sex relationship breaks down and is believed to be irreconcilable, many questions and concerns tend to float to the surface that may not have …

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