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Mediate Don’t Detonate

By | April 21st, 2020|

Everyone who has spoken to a family lawyer in Sydney recently will know about the problems with our Court system - “the Sydney problem”. Anyone who has watched the news or had a keen eye on newspapers recently would have a vague awareness that delays in the system are lengthy [...]

The New Normal

By | April 17th, 2020|

While it might seem we are living in a dystopian movie involving biohazards, quarantines and social disruption, some basics remain.  The interests of children need to remain the focus of parents. The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia has released a Top 10 Guide for Separated Parents [...]

Arbitration in Property Settlement Applications

By | April 16th, 2020|

Before COVID-19 brought the world to a virtual stand-still, property settlement applications would generally pass through the Courts in a period of 18 months to three years.  If your matter was urgent, then interim hearings could be dealt with expeditiously. However, given the decreased capacity of the Court to hear [...]

Family law litigation in the midst of a pandemic

By | April 15th, 2020|

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have released a joint practice direction setting out new procedures to ensure that social distancing directives are adhered to, and to ensure the safety of all parties involved in matters before the Court. These are as follows: All [...]

Supervised Time in a Pandemic

By | April 8th, 2020|

The Government's spatial distancing and other restrictions as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic have played havoc with contact arrangements for many families. Supervision providers are pivoting quickly to assist parties.  We received only this morning some information from Holding Hands Family Services about their new Online Contact Visit system [...]

The Perfect Storm

By | April 6th, 2020|

Locked at home – 3 meals a day – haven’t been to work in 2 weeks – you need a break from the children, hell you even need a break from your partner! For many Australian couples this is an unprecedented perfect storm of social and financial strain on their [...]

Effects of COVID-19 on Family Violence

By | April 6th, 2020|

As I sit at home writing this blog at 10.30am Monday 6 April, Australian Police have already dealt with 315 domestic violence matters. It is only 10:30. It is clear that new social distancing measures have placed unprecedented restrictions on all members of the public. These measures are designed for [...]

COVID-19 and Dividing the Kleenex

By | March 26th, 2020|

We are currently facing a lot of challenges, who knew one of them would be battling the magpies down at the local Woollies! Toilet paper jokes aside if you and your partner are engaged in negotiations to separate your property, serious issues have arisen that must be taken into account [...]

Property settlement in a pandemic

By | March 25th, 2020|

Property prices – dropping. Superannuation entitlements – halved. Share portfolios - free fall. 80/20, 60/30, 50/50 - parties throw around percentages but the question now more than ever is OF WHAT? Simply put, no sensible settlement negotiations can occur without a settled balance sheet - in the current economic climate [...]

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