When can a child choose which parent they want to live with, in Australia?

There is no simple, straight answer that anyone can give you; and if someone has given you a flat age, they either do not understand the complexity of this issue or have decided not to share those complexities with you.

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Breach of family law orders

Family orders, either for parenting matters or property settlement, can be quite complex. What happens if you or your ex-partner fail to comply with the orders? If the orders are…

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How does domestic violence affect child custody?

It depends on numerous factors as to whether a mother or a father will get to spend time with a child if there is a history of domestic violence. These factors rely on one question, is it in the best interest of the child to allow custody or visitation to the parent who committed the act of domestic violence, if it is in the best interests of the child than that parent will be allowed custody when the Court sees fit.

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5 Things you should know about obtaining your Marriage Certificate

Getting married ‘legally’ is a little more involved than you may originally think. Unfortunately, most people believe that once the celebrant, officiant or priest says the words “I now pronounce…

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What is in a will and last testament

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Having a valid Will is essential to your estate planning, without it you die intestate which is exactly what you want to try and avoid. What is the importance of 'valid'…

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Duty of disclosure in Family Law

All parties involved in a family law dispute are required to provide to each party and the Court all information which is relevant to an issue in the case. If your case involves financial issues, then in addition to general disclosure requirements, you are required to provide full and frank disclosure. If your case relates to parenting matters, then you are under an obligation to provide each party involved in the case, all documents that may be relevant.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Disputes after relationships end are uncomfortable but are a regular part of the separation process. If you have previously done some research on Alternative Dispute Resolution, you may have noticed that there are a lot of different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Cost of a Will

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The cost of a will can vary depending on how you wish to make your will. A Will kit is under $100, a Simple Will with a solicitor or lawyer can be from $500 - $800 (including an enduring power of attorney). A wider estate plan may be from $1000 depending on your needs.

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How to do a property settlement yourself

Virtually all property you’ve accumulated during your marriage should be included for division between the parties. We can help you gather everything you need.To make sure you get what you are entitled to the first step is to know what’s really in the property pool. To do this you need to gather any documents related to your assets or liabilities.

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How to negotiate a property settlement

Depending on the size of the asset pool and your ex's cooperation, a judge working out how property gets split is usually not going to be an excellent outcome for either party. The best result is by a negotiated settlement with the assistance of an experienced family lawyer, and this avoids the cost and uncertainty of court orders.

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5 tips to reduce the emotional and legal costs of divorce and separation

Going through a divorce is likely going to be the most difficult time of your life. Divorce doesn't need to be the most expensive or emotionally draining thing you do if you approach it right. You don't want your divorce costing more than your wedding, and while the loss of a relationship is akin to the death of a loved one, there is tactics that can help lessen the blow both emotionally and financially.

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When mediation fails – what’s next?

If mediation fails, it can be extremely frustrating. In the rare case that mediation fails, there are still alternatives before you go to Court. Often working out why mediation fails will allow you to negotiate without going to Court.

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When mediation is not appropriate

Whether or not mediation is suitable depends on your unique situation. You are required to mediate in parenting matters unless you can get an exemption. An exemption gets granted under particular circumstances like domestic violence.

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Can your child’s particular health condition – impact your child custody arrangements?

In disputes over custody, sometimes the central issue in dispute can be a particular child's health concern. Often, the child's primary carer has been responsible for seeing specialists, dealing with the treatment for the health condition and administering medication. While one parent might have intimate knowledge of a particular state, the other parent might not be so knowledgeable.

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