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Family Law

Claims can be made for further provision from a deceased estate if relatives or loved ones believe that insufficient provision has been made for them however, not everyone is entitled to challenge the validity of a Will. To be entitled to challenge you must have an “interest” in the deceased estate. That means you must […]


The idea of divorce is well known, as is the established the principle of no-fault divorce in Australian law, but less is known or understood about the mechanics surrounding what is actually done and the steps involved. In this article we explain the process in simple terms. Today in Australia a court does not consider […]

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 […]

We often receive instructions after family court orders have been made, making it harder to provide the legal help clients need. We set out some detail about a matter we recently encountered to illustrate how tough it can be. The matter revolved around the residence and care of the young daughter of our client. The […]

Do you have a friend or relative who has just separated? If so, the information below should help. What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship. There is no need or ability to register a separation under Australian Family […]

How to get legal help for a victim of family violence? An intervention order is an order of the Court to protect the safety of a family member that has been a victim of family violence, to protect a child or to protect property. A victim of family violence may be able to obtain an […]

Dr Manjula O’Connor

We have been working closely with consultant psychiatrist Dr Manjula O’Connor over the last two years to provide family law legal services to women who have been the victims of domestic violence and are now suffering psychiatric illness as a result. The majority of cases we have worked on with Dr O’Connor relate to women […]

There has been an upswing in media reportage of domestic violence. With domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty as the 2015 Australian of the year, domestic violence has never been so topical or newsworthy. The media seems to mostly shine its light on the physical side of domestic violence – the murders, the beatings, the actions […]

Relationship difficulties and breakdowns are a sad reality of modern life. Difficulties can arise in any relationship – with your spouse or partner, your ex, adult children, a work colleague, even between flat mates. In today’s high pressure, fast-paced world, relationship difficulties or breakdowns can sometimes involve actual or threatened violence. At times of stress […]

Australia is a multi-cultural society, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Australians also tend to be well-travelled. It is not surprising, therefore, that parents will want to take their children overseas. How does that work when those parents have separated? Functions of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Unless the […]