12 Jun

Restorative Justice in Queensland

Restorative justice is the principle of diverting offenders to rehabilitative services such as pre-court mediation, community conferencing between the offender/victim and engaging with specialised programs to reform criminal behaviour. The principles of restorative justice are reflected within a multitude of different legal instruments, such as the Youth Justice Act 1992…

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02 May

Contesting A Deceased Estate

If you believe that a deceased friend or family member’s Will does not reflect their last wishes or are concerned with the circumstances and nature of an updated will, you may challenge the validity of the Will. This situation commonly arises where the deceased friend or family member may not…

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29 Apr

Who Gets Animals in Divorce Proceedings?

What Happens to Pets and Animals During Divorce Proceedings? As animals have become an integral part of modern relationships, it is important to understand what happens to your pets during the separation and divorce proceedings. Given that one or both parties may have special connections to their pets, the decision…

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23 Apr

Mental Health Conditions and Parenting Arrangements

How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect Family Law Proceedings? If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, this can impact both child welfare/parenting arrangements in addition to property disputes. However, a mental health condition does affect or have relevance to divorce proceedings (provided there is no children of…

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22 Apr

TLA-What We Leaned From The Bill Cosby Trial and Aggravated Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for the acts committed against several women. Although the term “sexual assault” is well-known in both the US and Australian jurisdictions, the Australian position differs slightly. Pursuant to the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) section 352, any…

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10 Apr

Retaining A Meaningful Relationship with Both Parents

Last year a Court dispute between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie resulted with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County imposing an order for the five children to spend more time with their father. When providing reasons for the judgment, the Court provided “it is critical that each child have…

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03 Apr

Sperm, Genetic Donors and Family Law

Sperm Donors and Family Law Although sperm donations have historically been subject to anonymity in Australia, recent legislative reform and case law suggest a definitive movement towards inclusion within Family Law and Parental Responsibility. In all states and territories of Australia, donating sperm anonymously is now banned through legislation or…

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28 Mar

The Family Report and Expert Evidence in Proceedings

Expert evidence including family reports provide the Court with material from an independent viewpoint, which both assesses and highlights particular issues with each unique case. The most common form of expert evidence in family law proceedings is family reports, which are undertaken by psychologists to determine the children’s views, the…

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18 Mar

Do you need information about the Family Law Courts in Brisbane?

Important information and contact details about the Family Law Courts in Brisbane Call the National Enquiry Centre on 1300 352 000* The Family Law Courts’ National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email inquiries about Family Law Court matters in the Family Court of Australia and…

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04 Mar

Structural Reform of the Federal Courts

What Does Structural Reform of the Federal Courts Mean To You? On 30 May 2018 the Government proposed to establish the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA), amalgamating the two courts together under a new regime. In addition to this proposed structure, a new Family Law Appeal…

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