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What does that mean?

Legal jargon can be confusing. At East Coast Family Lawyers we aim to use ‘plain English’ with our clients, but there is certain terminology used by the Courts that can leave you wondering what it all means.  Here are some of the most commonly used terms in Family Law, and what they mean: Affidavit – A… Read More

Remain Alert: Recognising the warning signs of Domestic Violence and Abuse

It is not always possible to know with certainty what goes on in a friend’s or close family member’s relationship, particularly behind closed doors.  There are however some tell-tale signs and symptoms of emotional and physical abuse.  Some of the following are warning signs of abuse in a friend/family member or co-worker. Take them very seriously…. Read More

Tips For Separated Mums & Dads On Coping With Christmas

The build up towards Christmas is warranted.  It is a time for families and friends to relax, exchange gifts, share meals and generally enjoy each other’s company, not to mention eat, drink and be merry. It’s about putting the year behind you and toasting to a new year.   Unfortunately, however, happy scenes are not… Read More

Domestic Violence – Part 2

Physical Abuse and Domestic Violence When we think about Domestic Violence, in most circumstances, people refer to physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. I certainly see many people who indicate to me “No, there’s never been any physical abuse”. Physical assault or battering is a crime and is punishable by law. The police… Read More