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How are pets treated in family law disputes?

Pets in family law - property or parenting?

For most couples who separate, parenting arrangements and/or property settlements are at the forefront of their mind. But what happens to the family dog, cat or any other pet who was a member of the family unit?
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Using caveats in family law property settlement

Caveats in family law

Caveats can be a great tool to protect your interests before or while formalising a property settlement. This article explores how caveats work in Australia, and in Victoria in particular, and how they can be used in family law proceedings.
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How is testamentary capacity assessed?

What is testamentary capacity and how is it assessed?

There are many factors which may affect a person’s testamentary capacity. In this article, we look at how testamentary capacity is assessed, what evidence is required and options for a Statutory Will.
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The divorce process without using a lawyer

How to apply for divorce without using a lawyer

Obtaining a divorce is the legal end to a marriage. The divorce process is relatively straightforward, and many people choose not to engage a lawyer to assist them with their divorce but rather, follow a ‘do it yourself divorce’ approach.
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Can I vaccinate my child for COVID-19 without the permission of the other parent?

COVID-19 vaccinations and parenting matters

In this article, we review how the Courts deal with vaccinations generally and what has occurred overseas to date with respect to the COVID-19 vaccination.
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Co-parenting apps to assist separated parents

Co-parenting apps for separated parents

In this blog, we will look at the common features of co-parenting apps and some of the popular apps being used by separated parents.
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What impact might a Family Violence Intervention Order have during family law proceedings?

The impact of Family Violence Intervention Orders on family law proceedings

In this article, we look at how Family Violence Intervention Orders can have a significant impact on family law proceedings as they can indicate there is a risk to the child which can affect parenting arrangements.
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What are the potential taxes and stamp duty in family law property settlement?

What tax consequences do I have to consider when contemplating a family law property settlement?

A very important aspect of family law property settlements that is often overlooked is the tax and duty consequences of parties retaining or disposing of assets as part of a property settlement.
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Who can contest a Will?

How to contest a Will

Anyone who has a Will, or is considering writing a Will, needs to be aware of the potential that their Will can be contested (or challenged) after they die.
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What is an independent children’s lawyer?

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

In a court case concerning children, the primary focus is to make decisions that are in the best interests of the children. Sometimes, the court needs help in determining what the best interests of that particular child are, and they need that to be done by an impartial third party.
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Amicable property settlement after separation

Top 5 tips for an amicable property settlement

After separation, whether married or in a de facto relationship, at some point you will need to finalise property settlement. Where you can negotiate an amicable, out-of-court settlement, it can save you a lot of time, frustration and money.
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Tips for successful co-parenting

Top 10 tips for co-parenting

Co-parenting is where parents communicate effectively and reach decisions in their children’s best interests together. Here are our top 10 tips for successful co-parenting.
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