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Who gets custody of the pets after a family separation?

Following a relationship break-up it is becoming increasingly more apparent that disputes are going beyond the living arrangements of the children, property disputes and division of superannuation. The fate of family pets is becoming a larger problem for both litigants and their lawyers. Many family law litigants mistakenly think the Family Court can help resolve pet… Read More

Immunisation and Family Law

Some Australian parents have recently begun to question whether to immunise their children, expressing concerns about possible side-effects risks associated with childhood vaccinations.  But what happens if parents are separated and can’t agree?  Background Childhood vaccines, introduced in 1932, are said to have greatly reduced illness and deaths from diseases such as whooping cough, polio,… Read More

Defending a claim against a deceased’s Will

An executor is the person appointed to manage the administration of an estate when a Will-maker (testator) dies. Similarly, an administrator will be appointed by the Court if the testator dies intestate (without making a Will). As the official Legal Personal Representative (LPR), an executor or administrator has an important role in representing the interests… Read More

Getting interim orders in the Family Court

Separated couples unable to resolve matters regarding parenting and finances through mutual agreement can apply for interim orders in the Federal Circuit Court (or Family Court for some more serious and complex cases). Interim orders are “temporary orders” and usually made as a matter of urgency to determine parenting and financial matters until the final… Read More

Family Law Property Settlements – Is a 50/50 split the starting point?

Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, it is common for separated parties to be unsure and therefore anxious about their entitlements in a property settlement and the assets they are likely to retain. This is only natural given that Family Law is a complicated and emotional area of law which is… Read More