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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...

HOW DO YOU SIGN A WILL DURING COVID-19?

Written by Pippa Colman On the evening of 22 April 2020, the Queensland Parliament passed the “COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill”. One of the effects of this Bill is to address how Wills can be witnessed during the COVID-19. A...

CO-PARENTING IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS

Written by Michelle McDermott It goes without saying that the coronavirus is a ‘once in a generation’ event for the bulk of our society. Who had ever heard the term ‘social distancing’ before this year? The thought of self-isolation, when first mentioned, seemed so...

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