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Independent Children’s Lawyers in Family Law Proceedings

When partners separate, the future care of, and responsibility for their children is a major consideration. Parties to parenting proceedings must make reasonable attempts to resolve disputes about children and, unless extenuating circumstances apply, are required to attend dispute resolution. This involves meeting with a family practitioner who should assist the parents to negotiate workable… Read More

Important considerations when planning a Granny Flat

A granny flat is a secondary self-contained dwelling established on the same parcel of residential land as a principal dwelling. The granny flat may be a conversion forming part of the main residence, an extension of the existing dwelling or be free standing. Granny flats range in size, features and amenities. With an aging population… Read More

Elder Abuse

It’s hard to imagine that somebody would harm, intimidate or take advantage of an aged and vulnerable person. Unfortunately, however, elder abuse occurs within our society and sadly, the perpetrators are often those entrusted with caring for our older generation. Elder abuse can be defined as a single or ongoing act or omission that causes… Read More

Top five things to consider when moving into a Retirement Village

A retirement village is a community-style residential development offering accommodation, facilities and services to people from retirement age onwards. There are many types of arrangements which should be carefully explored before making your move to retirement-village living. You will need to ensure that the village you choose meets your specific needs and that you understand… Read More

Charged with possession of drugs – what happens next?

It is not unusual to see police officers and sniffer dogs frequenting music concerts, festivals and other major events to maximise safety and generally, enforce the law. Festivals such as Mardi Gras and other large music events attract a significant police presence and often result in several criminal charges, many of which are drug-related. So,… Read More

Can I secretly record my spouse?

We’ve all had times when we can’t recall a conversation someone else swears we had. Often, one person in a relationship is more adamant about their memory than the other person. Usually, those mini-disputes are minor blips in an intact relationship. But what if it’s no longer an intact relationship? What if the “he said/… Read More

Buying and selling a property at the same time

Buying or selling property is widely accepted as one of life’s major stress factors. When you buy and sell property at the same time and try to complete both transactions together this can add considerably to the stress levels. This is known as a simultaneous settlement and is encountered often in the conveyancing process. Why… Read More

Obligations and consequences of parenting orders

A separating couple with children will need to work out the parenting arrangements for those children – where the children are to live and who may make decisions about the children. If the couple can agree, their agreement can be formalised as Consent Orders (ie Orders made by the Court by consent). If not, the… Read More