Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018

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From 10 September 2019, personal cross-examination have been banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances where allegations of family violence have been raised.  Amendments to the  Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) have been made that provide protection to victims of family violence who are cross-examined as part of family law proceedings. What is Personal Cross Examination? Personal cross-examination is where a … Read More

Family Law News: Appointments to the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

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Appointments to the Family Court of Australia On Monday 11 March 2019 the Attorney-General the Hon. Christian Porter MP announced the appointments of two new judges to the Family Court of Australia.   Judge Joshua Wilson and Judge Robert Harper have been appointed as and from 11 March 2019, elevating them from their current positions as judges of the Federal … Read More

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) Support Group Canberra – Moving On

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MOVING ON   The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) which provides support to people subjected to violence or abuse regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds, immigration status, gender, age, sexual orientation, and all religions, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. DVCS provides around the clock assistance including: Attendance with ACT Policing at, or just after, incidents to support those affected; Telephone crisis counselling and … Read More

What to do if you are separating…

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Feeling overwhelmed? When people separate, people often say to us “I don’t know what to do next” or “I don’t know where to start.” One thing that most people don’t think of is their will. Many people either do not have wills or currently have a will that leaves everything to their spouse. Separations can be stressful enough but it … Read More

Superannuation, super splitting, superannuation orders, divorce and Family Law

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Many people come to us with questions about superannuation such as : 1. How do I figure out how much superannuation she/he has? 2. How do I read his/her superannuation statement? 3. What amount of superannuation am I entitled to? 4. Can I access my superannuation before retirement? Superannuation are very important and often overlooked as people often say “well, … Read More

Domestic violence and family violence reforms

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Community action to drive family violence law reforms ACT Government Media Release from Simon Corbell – 2.4.15 The ACT Government will embark on a major family violence legislative reform program that will address the recommendations from the Australia Law Reform Commission’s Family Violence – A National Legal Response, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced today. Proposed legislation later this year to introduce … Read More