How to write an affidavit

Writing your affidavit can be an overwhelming. Knowing what to include, what the right layout is and the pressure that you put on yourself to make it perfect can make it difficult ...

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Can recorded phone calls be used as evidence?

There has been a long-standing Australian debate surrounding the use of recorded phone calls or video recordings as evidence in Family Court and local Court proceedings... To record or not to record sparks very different perspectives depending ...

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How to feel empowered at Final Hearing

When you have had to run your divorce all the way to a full hearing or trial, it would have been a long and arduous course. It’s a small percentage of divorcing couples that ...

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I spent much less on my divorce than i thought: Here is how i did it

For many people, their pet is more than just a pet, particularly if it is the ‘child’ of the union and the centre of an emotional brawl. Disappointingly, the way that the Family Court and Family Law views ...

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What is a Conciliation Conference?

No one starts a relationship or marriage with the expectation of ending in divorce. Sometimes we can’t help the path that our marriage takes and can only ...

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Successfully navigating Divorce and trusting in the process [personal perspective]

No one starts a relationship or marriage with the expectation of ending in divorce. Sometimes we can’t help the path that our marriage takes and can only ...

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At which court to lodge

Many economists are predicting that the economic ‘bubble’ will burst (if not, saying that it has already burst) – What does this mean for relationships? When the economy experiences a downturn, it doesn’t only hurt our hip-pocket, it also affects ...

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The Importance Of Following Professional Advice and Recommendations

Failing to follow the recommendations of any professional throughout the divorce process could have undesired consequences. Depending on your court case, your lawyer, appointed judge and other professionals, you may not like the outcomes that are either...

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Should You Self-Represent In Court?

Divorcing isn’t easy and there is a lot of sweat and tears wasted before you can experience the ‘silver lIf you asked me "should I represent myself in court" a couple of years ago, my answer would have been emphatically “YES!”. However, my answer today is “NO!” Some Judges are ...

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Family Dispute Resolution and Certificate 60I

Should you be intending to commence family court proceedings (especially in child-related disputes), then please expect to participate in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR).

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Interim Parenting Orders Do Not Lapse

When a judge makes a ruling or order. It can be on an interim (limited time period) basis or a final basis (which is permanent/indefinite). The interim orders stay in place until they are REPLACED by new orders (even when a time period was noted, say 6 months or 12 months). Say, the Judge ruled…

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Parenting Orders/Plans and Court

Below are a few items for consideration when collating your parenting plan – be it the Divorce Answered Parenting Plan, the Divorce Answered Separation Statement, something you are creating yourself or personal expectations that you need to manage. No plan, no divorce! Did you know that if you don’t have a parenting plan in place,…

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The 12 Commandments of Court Manners; What to expect at a hearing/interim hearing/mention

Court can be daunting. There are so many do’s and don’ts … here are a few for you to consider and keep in mind; “Dress to Impress.” While you don’t have to wear a suit, you do need to dress respectfully. Consult your lawyer regarding what they recommend, in their opinion, as suitable attire regarding…

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To Court Or Not To Court

The 2014 divorce statistics continue to be staggering according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It found that 46,498 individuals were granted divorce that year and divorces involving children represent a staggering 47% equating to 40,152 children affected (or 1.8 children per marriage). How many of these divorces went to court or were settled out…

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What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL)?

The Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) is an independent, unbiased legal representation for the children of a divorce that acts in and has the best interests of its clients (the children). The ICL is generally appointed when coordinating parenting orders if the case involves mental health concerns, violence, abuse, high conflict, neither parent has legal representation …

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