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Santa Clause is coming to town: Where will the children spend Christmas this year?

Everyone loves Christmas – it’s a time to spend with your nearest and dearest and be merry. However, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety as parents attempt to negotiate who the children will spend Christmas with. It is our advice that parents should consider the following when negotiating where the children should spend Christmas this year: Who will the children spend Christmas with? Who did they spend it with last year? Will they spend the whole of Christmas Day with the other parent? If not, then from what time to what time? What is the travelling …read more

What Is Accredited Family Law Specialist?

Patricia is an Accredited Family Law Specialist. This means that she has applied to the Queensland Law Society for accreditation. To be eligible for accreditation in Family Law a Solicitor must: Be a member of the Queensland Law Society. Hold a current Practising Certificate. Have been engaged in full-time legal work for at least five (5) years following their date of admission to practice. Be able to demonstrate substantial involvement in Family Law over the past three (3) years. The Solicitor applying to become an Accredited Family Law Specialist must then take the following steps:- Nominate three (3) referees who …read more

Children’s Issues

At all times, the best interests of the child are the paramount consideration of the Family Law Courts and it is expected that they will be the paramount consideration of parents. In 2006, changes were made to the Family Law Act 1975 which were intended to assist parents of children to focus on the children’s best interests following separation. The following terminology now appears in the legislation: “Equal shared parental responsibility” It is presumed to be in the best interest of a child that parents consult with each other on major long term issues. Parents who have an order for …read more

Consent Orders In Child Matters

If you reach an agreement with your spouse we strongly recommend that the agreement is formalised in Consent Orders. The benefits of Consent Orders are:- To confirm the future care arrangements for your children. To minimise any future disputes in relation to the care arrangements for your children. To make the agreement enforceable in a court. The Family Court must approve the terms of the Consent Order and will not do so if it considers that the agreement is not in the best interests of your child. As a consequence it is important that you understand what the law is …read more

Consent Orders in Property Matters

If you reach an agreement with your spouse we strongly recommend that the agreement is formalised in Consent Orders. The benefits of Consent Orders are: To finalise the financial relationship. To avoid the payment of Stamp Duty on the transfer of any real property, the subject of the order. To avoid any future disputes in relation to the agreements. The Family Court must approve the terms of the Consent Order and will not do so if it considers the agreement to be unjust. As a consequence it is important that you understand what the law is in relation to property …read more

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