What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours!

Protect yourself financially when entering a new relationship. We all hope for the best but we should also try and avoid the worst. and there is perhaps nothing worse than being taken for a ride and losing your hard earned savings, assets and superannuation.

Pre-nuptial type agreements (known in Australia as Binding Financial Agreements) are not only for the rich and famous and can be made before AND during the relationship. Anyone wishing to protect themselves financially in a relationship should have a Binding Financial Agreement in place.

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Moving away with your children or trying to stop your ex from doing so?

The crucial piece of advice when it comes to relocation with children is to see a Solicitor as soon as possible. As soon as you become aware of a potential move you need to act to ensure that disaster does not strike… and to ensure that your family is not the next news headline!

Relocation is a complex area of Family Law and while it is sometimes in a child’s best interests to relocate with a parent to another town/state or country, it often is not and it will have a significant impact on your child’s life including your child’s relationship with you.

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Don’t be unhappy with your parenting arrangement.

All too often we hear of parents unhappy with their current parenting arrangements. What’s worse is that they know their children are unhappy too.

Life’s too short to live in misery and children grow up quickly. If you’re unhappy with your current parenting arrangements talk to us TODAY about what we can do to assist you to change your parenting arrangement and thereby improve your life but more importantly, the lives of your children.

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Don’t negotiate or mediate with your ex without us!

It is very important that you are aware of what the law says and what your entitlement might be BEFORE you negotiate any settlement agreement with your ex.

There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching an agreement with your ex without any legal advice, only to find out that you have missed out on thousands of dollars/superannuation and/or valuable time with your child/ren.

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Missing your children over the school holidays?

School holidays are an opportune time for children to spend quality time with their parents and other family members.

Unfortunately some parents experience difficulties in reaching an agreement with the other parent about what time/s the child/ren will spend with each parent (and other family members) during the school holidays.

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Straight forward answers to some common Family Law Questions

Q1. I cannot afford to see a lawyer. They’re the only real “winners”.

A. You can’t afford not to see a lawyer. Any good family lawyer will tell stories of how time and time again they see people get themselves into all sorts of trouble by failing to obtain proper legal advice and representation. Some people will settle their property for a small fraction of what they are really worth. Some will settle and find their ex back on their heels down the track because to their shock horror their agreement was not legally binding. The scenarios are many and none too pretty, so it’s a bit like the old phrase – Penny Wise, Pound Foolish!

Q2. What will it cost me to have a lawyer?

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More Bad News for Injured Workers

Goudappel High Court Decision
On Friday, 16 May 2014 the High Court overturned the Court of Appeal decision in Goudappel v Adco. This is another blow to injured workers who, for the most part, now find their rights to Workers Compensation insurance benefits either non-existent, limited or soon to be extinguished.

Background
Mr Goudappel sustained an injury at work some years prior to the 2012 NSW State Liberal Government’s Amendments to Workers Compensation benefits. He put in his claim form, received a claim number from the insurer, had a claims officer appointed and received some payments for his time off work and his medical expenses. All before the Government’s changes commencing on 19 June 2012.

On the 19 June 2012 the Government decided to move the goal posts on injured workers and brought in new changes. For the most part those changes reduced and/or extinguished their rights to compensation through its WorkCover funded insurance Scheme.

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