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Merge of FCC and Family Court

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OPENS THE DOOR TO REDUCED DELAYS IN THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY LAW SYSTEM The Federal Government announced earlier today that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia will be merging, to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The new Court will be operational from

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement and Is It Legally Binding?

Did you know that currently, some 30% of Australian marriages end in divorce? That’s a pretty scary statistic, but that’s the reality. When people get married they don’t go into the relationship thinking it’s going to end in a few years. Most view the commitment to being for life at the time. As unromantic as it sounds, it’s wise to be prepared for the big day where you sign those legally binding documents. If you are entering into the marriage with considerable assets already, as a safeguard it’s a good idea to consider a prenuptial agreement.

Courts May 16, 2018

Why Mediation Is a Far Better Option Than Going To Court

Mediation is all about trying to reach a resolution between two opposing parties without the need to take the matter to court. There can be many circumstances in life where expert mediation is helpful, and we’ll cover a select few of those in this post. Mediation definitely has its advantages, so let’s briefly cover just

Family Law Blog April 26, 2018

What Could Happen If A Party Does Not Comply Or Ignore The Fundamental Principles Set Out In The Family Law Act?

Q: WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF A PARTY DOES NOT COMPLY OR IGNORE THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES SET OUT IN THE FAMILY LAW ACT? This creates a great deal of financial and emotional stress for all parties concerned.  For example in a matter we are dealing with the parties had agreed to mediation to resolve the financial

Simplify the Division of Assets With These Top Tips

When it comes to the break down of a relationship that culminates in separation and divorce, the division of property, assets and accumulated debt can become a real sticking point for many former couples. Divorce is stressful and emotional enough as it is without the burden of having to negotiate over material goods and finances,

What Is a Parenting Plan and Why Would You Want One?

Separation and divorce can prove to be a complicated process on a number of levels, even if there are no children involved. However, when a couple has had children together, working out an amicable arrangement can become a major point of conflict and concern. Many drawn out court battles have occurred over the years due

My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Children

Separation and divorce is a stressful and very confusing period of life. Stress levels are exacerbated even further when children are involved. Many marriages and de facto relationships that break down will have children in the equation, and it certainly makes a clean separation that much more complicated. And divorce is difficult enough without one

Domestic Violence April 12, 2018

Tell Tale Signs Someone You Know Is Suffering Domestic Violence

Sometimes evidence of domestic violence is obvious, but that’s not always the case. Then there’s the issue of emotional abuse as well. Physical injuries can heal, but often it takes a lot longer to heal the emotional damage caused in these unfortunate situations. Emotional scarring can potentially be a lot more damaging than physical bruising

Divorce Mediation April 10, 2018

How To Get Divorced Without Going To Court

Just the very word “divorce” is scary for many people. Thoughts of never-ending legal battles and disputes between the separating parties is often how most people view an impending divorce lawyer, followed up by opposing lawyers grinding it out in lengthy courtroom proceedings. But does it always have to be that way? Can a divorce

Divorce April 3, 2018

6 Top Tips To Overcome the Stress of Divorce

There are not many circumstances in life that can be as stressful as going through a separation or divorce. It’s a very personal and emotional time, made even harder if you didn’t want the separation. Many people experience separation anxiety, a sense of loss or failure. There might also be feelings of bitterness, as well