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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 who are self-represented in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts of Australia. If a person is acting on their own behalf without a lawyer …

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Family loans

As a family lawyer we often have clients who are trying to finalise property settlement with their former partner and have difficulty providing evidence about money that has been advanced by family members to them in the past. In family law matters, it is not unusual for a client to have been married for say …

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Litigation Strategy

When it is necessary for a matter to proceed to litigation for determination, strategy and planning are two of the most important factors which can impact on the ultimate result. Before the first court document is filed, it is imperative that thought has been given to your litigation strategy, by considering the following: What is …

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High legal costs result in referral to Legal Services Commission

A recent decision made by Justice Benjamin at first instance in the Family Court of Australia in the case of Simic & Norton highlights the obligations of legal representatives in family law proceedings. This was a case that involved a determination about parenting and property settlement. All matters were ultimately settled, albeit on the seventh day of trial but Justice Benjamin …

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Costs of appealing

There are many costs involved in running an appeal in the Family Court. Legal fees if you choose to be legally represented and the cost of obtaining a transcript. In a recent case Knox and Knox involving an appeal from a six day trial, the cost of obtaining the transcript from Auscript was $12,000. The …

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