Family Law

Unlike married couples, de facto partners cannot apply for a divorce when their relationship breaks down. Their property affairs and arrangements for the future care of their children however may be finalised by agreement, with the assistance of their legal advisors or, if necessary through Family Court proceedings. If you are separating from a de […]

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life. Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, but what happens when people going through a relationship breakdown take to social media?

Service of documents is an important first step in any legal matter, in family law matters it can be difficult to serve documents when the other party resides overseas, cannot be located, or deliberately avoids service.

If you are a grandparent and face the sad circumstance of a break up in your family group you may be worried about your right to continue seeing much-loved grandchildren if there is a change in care and custody arrangements.

When it comes to international child abduction prevention really is better than a cure, so if one parent wants to take their children overseas and those parents have separated how does that work?

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 […]

Protection from Domestic Violence

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 […]

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.

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 intervention order in the Magistrates Court.

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 Law. Separation is a fact which must be proven if it is disputed by the other party at a later time