27 Jun
2022

What To Do If You Don’t Agree With The Single Expert Report?

When an expert is appointed for The Single Expert Report In family law matters, parties often cannot agree on the value of assets such as real property or businesses during their property settlement. In these circumstances, the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Rules 2021 require the…

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20 Jun
2022

Child Impact Report vs Family Report – What’s the Difference?

Child Impact Report vs Family Report – What’s the Difference? If you are involved in a litigious parenting matter concerning the future care arrangements for your children, it is likely that you have heard the terms ‘Child Impact Report’ or ‘Family Report’.  Both documents constitute an independent expert opinion provided…

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14 Jun
2022

RELOCATION. Mother and Child to Relocate Overseas

Relocating overseas INTRODUCTION The Appeal Court of the Family considered an appeal from parenting orders made by a judge of the Family Court of Australia concerning a child who was born in 2011. The mother sought orders for the child to live with her in an overseas Country. The mother’s…

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07 Jun
2022

Depp V Heard: What Did We Learn?

The infamous defamation trial instigated by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard has concluded, with Mr Depp being awarded $15 million in damages. However, punitive damages cannot exceed $350,000 in Virginia meaning that Johnny Depp will receive a total of $10.35 million. Separately, the jury ruled in favour of…

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06 Jun
2022

Coercive Control in Queensland

The Queensland Government has announced that the State will introduce legislation to make coercive control a criminal offense by the end of 2023. The overhaul of laws and practices to better protect Queenslanders from domestic and family violence and hold perpetrators to account also includes: New programs to recognize and…

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30 May
2022

The diagnosis and treatment of Gender Dysphoria

What is Gender dysphoria? A concept designated as clinically significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be of another gender, which may include a desire to change primary and/or secondary sex characteristics. Not all transgender or gender diverse people experience dysphoria. Gillick competent: The legal test is…

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26 May
2022

CENTRAL PRACTICE DIRECTION – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Central Practice Direction The Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia officially merged to form the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (‘FCFCOA’) on 1 September 2021. The FCFCOA subsequently published the Central Practice Direction to detail the new case management pathway. As a practitioner or…

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23 May
2022

Preparing for Mediation Success

For a Successful Mediation  Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) where parties can negotiate the property and or parenting terms of their separation outside of the Court.  Mediation can be cost-effective, efficient, flexible, and is a viable alternative to Court proceedings.  Attending the Mediation  The mediator prior…

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19 May
2022

What You Need To Know About Subpoenas But Probably Don’t

What is a Subpoena? A ‘subpoena’ is a legal document issued by the Court at the request of a party. A subpoena compels a person to produce documents and/or give evidence at a hearing or trial. There are three types of subpoenas: Subpoena for production of documents; Subpoena to give…

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16 May
2022

When Domestic and Family Violence Turns Deadly

Domestic and Family Violence Turns Deadly Recently the Brisbane suburb of Logan mourned the death of Father and Nurse/Care Manager Stanley Obi aged 33 who died at the hands of his ex-partner and mother to his children, Sarah Mudge aged 31. Ms. Mudge is reported to have broken into Mr.…

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