What is Collaborative Family Law?

Statistics show that the national rate of divorce is slowly increasing in Australia, and most of us now know at least one person who has been through a divorce. With the potential to end up in years of litigation in the Family Court of Australia, costs increasing to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the

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Common separation mistakes and how to avoid them

  Separation is never easy. In any family law matter confidentiality and privacy are important, no-one wants other people knowing about the most intimate details of their relationships, especially their breakups. With emotions and tensions running high, private information suddenly can become available for friends and family and, in the worst case, the media. While

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Estate Planning in Blended Families

We are seeing increasing numbers of clients who are embarking on 2nd marriages early in life. Often each of the parties to the relationship has children from a prior marriage.  In these situations two families are merging into one new blended family. This new blended family presents all new estate planning needs and concerns. Here

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5 Family Lawyer Tips on how to keep your break-up private

If you pick up almost any glossy magazine in any supermarket you will be bombarded with stories of celebrities, relationships and breakups.  Separation is never easy but living in a fishbowl can create even more tension and result in very messy divorces with private information available for friends and family and, in the worst case,

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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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