Can you use secret audio recordings in family law?

15 Aug
2022

Can you use secret audio recordings in family law?

Can you use secret audio recordings in family law? As technology continues to evolve, it is becoming more common for clients to ask whether they can use secret audio recordings in their family law matters. Before you consider recording your conversation with the other party, there are several important factors…

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08 Aug
2022

What is an ICL ?

Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) So your parenting matter is in Court and the Judge has made an Order for an Independent Children’s Lawyer to be appointed in your matter. What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) and why has this Order been made? Independent Children’s Lawyers, more commonly referred to…

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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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25 Apr
2022

Criminal Behaviours within Family Law Matters

Over the past few years, criminal law and family violence have increasingly interconnected with family law and child protection matters.   At times family law matters, especially when involving children, can often reveal the complexities within a family, and therefore it is not uncommon for these complexities to also include some…

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20 Dec
2021

Everything You Need To Know About Consent Orders in Queensland

What are Consent Orders?  A Consent Order is made by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia formalising an agreement reached between parties after separation about parenting and/or property matters. A parenting order will only become legally binding if deemed to be in the best interests of the child. As a legally binding Order, each person affected by the Order must follow it.…

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12 Nov
2021

Are you at risk of family violence?

Unfortunately, statistics are on the rise for family violence in contemporary Australian society, with studies determining that individuals are most at risk at the time of or shortly following separation. Usually this is as a result of increased stress, financial pressure and uncertainty surrounding the family breakdown. The uncertainty of…

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08 Nov
2021

What Are Considered The Best Interests of the Child?

In parenting matters, the Court’s main focus is making orders that align with the children’s best interests as this remains the paramount consideration. But how does the Court determine what is in the best interests of the child? There is no hard and fast rule for this. Each case is…

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01 Nov
2021

Mediating Parenting Matters & S60I Certificates

Did you know that you need to have a mediation certificate before you can commence Court proceedings seeking parenting orders? The mediation certificate is also known as a Section 60I Certificate and is issued by registered family dispute resolution providers in the following circumstances: To confirm both parties attended mediation…

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27 Sep
2021

Is it OK for me to withhold my children from my Ex?

The most important thing to remember as any parent, and just as much so in separated families, is that you must be proactive and protective should your children face a serious or significant threat. You must protect them from any real potential harm regardless of whether there is a parenting…

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