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WHAT IS THE DISCRETE PROPERTY LIST?

Written by Jessica Popple The Discrete Property List will only deal with applications that are seeking only property Orders. If a party files an application in a case or a response seeking parenting Orders, the matter will be removed out of the list. Discrete Property...

SPLITTING UK PENSION FUNDS

Written by Michelle McDermott Calling all those English ex-pats or those Australians who have lived and worked in the UK. At the moment a couple living and divorcing in Australia but with a UK pension (superannuation) can share that pension.  But not necessarily from...

AVOIDING THE ‘EXPERTS’

Written by Michelle McDermott It is a simple matter of fact that many relationships, whether married or de facto, heterosexual or same-sex, will result in a separation or divorce. There are few of us who do not know someone, be it oneself, a family member or close...

THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

Written by Michelle McDermott The Lighthouse Project is a pilot program for parenting matters being rolled out in Brisbane (and other) Registry of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. When an Application or Response seeking only...

WHAT CONSTITUTES SEPARATION?

Written by Declan Notley Determining an accurate separation date is an essential step in a de facto property settlement. Did separation occur when you or your former spouse moved out of the house or is it possible to be separated whilst  continuing to live in the same...

RECOVERY ORDERS

Written by Michelle McDermott One of the many impacts of COVID-19 in our office has been an increase in enquiries from parents whose child has been removed from the Sunshine Coast area to another part of Queensland or interstate, without that parent’s permission. With...

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WILL

Written by Pippa Colman A Will allows YOU to decide how your estate will be distributed on your death.  If you don’t have a proper Will then after your death, you are said to have died “intestate”.  That means that the estate you leave will be divided...

MEDIATING IN COVID TIMES (AND BEYOND)

Written by Sarah Quilliam In this blog, I am focussing on private mediations, rather than those undertaken by community organisations such as UnitingCare or Relationships Australia. In my experience, your matter has the best chance at settling in a mediation if: Your...

ARBITRATION IN FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS

Written by Michelle McDermott In the COVID-19 era, Court proceedings have become even more protracted as the Courts grapple to deal with hearings by telephone/video conferencing and many financial disputes are being delayed to enable the Courts to deal with more...

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