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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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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25 Feb

Smoking Laws in Queensland

Proposed Smoking Ban and the Effect on Queensland Sydney council has proposed a smoking ban in the second-largest CBD, essentially creating the first national-first smoking ban. The North Sydney council members hope to reduce the current smoking rates by as much as 50% in the coming months, with hopes to…

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21 Feb

Drink Driving is Not Only for Cars

Is Drink Driving Only Applicable For Cars? Nope! If you are caught drink driving, there is a strong chance the vehicle will either be a car or motorcycle. These two categories of transport form approximately 98% of current drink driving charges in Queensland. However, these are not the only forms…

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14 Feb

Lottery Winnings- Is Your Spouse Entitled to Your Lottery Winnings

At one point or another, everyone has thought about the possibility of winning the lottery. But what happens to the lottery winnings if you are currently in a marriage? The case of Elford & Elford, the court heard an appeal in relation to property settlement at the end of a…

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30 Jan

How Can I Obtain a Passport for My Child After Separation

Before obtaining approval for a child’s passport, the Passport Office requires the child’s parent and/or any other person with parental responsibility to provide written consent for the passport being issued. Therefore, the easiest way to obtain a passport it to receive consent from the other parent. However, this will not…

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21 Jan

Criminal Law Sentencing Factors

Sentencing Factors When pleading guilty or being found guilty of an offence, the Judge is required to consider a range of factors when imposing a sentence. There are many different categories of sentences, including fines, community-based orders, probation or a term of imprisonment. When considering what sentence should be imposed,…

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