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Responsibility and Community

We don’t take our professional responsibility lightly. Always aiming to be one of the first to share the latest Family Law news with you.

Outside practice hours, we are also passionate legal advocates and supporters of events that promote social justice in all its diversity. We have had the pleasure of hosting a Jeff Kennett seminar on mental health and raising funds for Beyond Blue. We regularly raise funds for “Fitted for Work” who get women back into the workforce and for the homeless here and overseas. Our charitable and  philanthropic endeavours continue and we are committed to giving back to the community locally by volunteering at community legal services.

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Independent Children’s Lawyer

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Commonwealth Courts Portal

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Filing Fees

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Divorce in Australia: Who Gets What?

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The Family Law Approach to Child Custody Arrangements

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How to protect my money from my ex during my divorce?

If you enter into, or are currently involved in, family court proceedings, in respect...

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Mediation – Frequently Asked Questions

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Intervention Orders – Frequently Asked Questions

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Who pays costs in family law?

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Can my former spouse take the children overseas without my knowledge or consent?

Although your former spouse should obtain your consent before any international travel much will...

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Do I need permission from my former spouse to take the children on an overseas holiday?

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 Whilst the issue of pets is often hotly debated in family law disputes it...

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