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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...


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....


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...


Indemnity costs in the Family Law Courts

Indemnity cost orders are rare in the Family Law jurisdiction. A recent case SCVG & KLD and Anor is a Full Court decision which upheld an indemnity costs order made...


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...


Long term supervision parenting orders

In a recent appeal about a long term supervision order about the time that three children spent with their father, Bertros & Bertros the Full Court of the Family Court...


I am separating – what now?

It often takes years to reach a decision to end a relationship and it is imperative after making such an important decision that you have a clear pathway forward, towards...


Mother convicted of offence for taking her child outside of Australia

Section 65Y of the Family Law Act imposes certain obligations on parents if parenting orders have been made. The section of the Act provides that a parent (or party to the...


Orders to change a child’s surname

I was recently involved in a matter before the Federal Circuit Court where we sought a final order to change the child’s name. In that matter, I was acting for the...