Watkins Tapsell - getting prepared for marriage

Married at First Sight

 5 things the Contestants should have done if the marriages were “real” I’m sure most of you have seen the ads about the television series, “Married at First Sight”. Although the tv show was a “social experiment” and the marriages were not legal marriages, it raises an interesting question about things the contestants should have

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Does ‘shared’ mean ‘equal’?

In 2006 significant changes were made to the Family Law Act (The Act). While many of the changes have been lauded as progressive and responsive to the best interests of children, they have created confusion amongst Family Court litigants as to their entitlements with regard to parenting. Perhaps the most confusion concerns the idea that

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The Blind Side – What to do when you are served with divorce papers you didn’t see coming.

A stranger approaches your home and knocks on your door. You are politely handed a parcel of documents and advised that you have ‘been served’. You examine the documents and realise that you have been served with an Application for Divorce. This is the last thing you ever thought would happen. You had no indication

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Custody Disputes

Unlike business and corporate oriented areas of law, there is no hiding from the underlying, and sometimes overwhelming emotions that can occur in family law proceedings. Particularly in parenting matters, proceedings are often fraught with highly strung situations that don’t lend themselves to rational thinking or negotiation. The media often takes an interest in these

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