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Domestic Violence vs Family Court Orders

Parenting orders & domestic violence orders: what to do when they conflict or when they are no longer appropriate

This article will cover the following important issues:

Child Support

How can you challenge a child support assessment?

There are two ways to challenge a child support assessment:

  1. application to the child support Registrar for a change of assessment in special circumstances; or
  2. application to the court for a Departure Order.

Child Support

If you think you are paying too much child support, or too little, the first thing you'll need to understand is how child support assessments are conducted and how you can apply for a review.

In Australia, a parent’s duty to maintain their children occurs through child support payments.

To determine whether a parent is required to pay child support, the Department of Human Services (commonly referred to as the child support Agency ) undertakes an assessment.

The assessment process can be very confusing. This article will help you figure out what the Department will assess when considering how much child support is to be paid by you or the other parent.

Record a Converstaion

One question we are frequently asked as by clients is whether or not it is legal to record a conversation. Often such questions come from clients who wish to use such recordings as evidence in a dispute. Often they come from clients who have become aware that someone else has recorded a conversation which they were involved in without their knowledge or consent. As a result of the increasing ease of recording conversations with colleagues using a smartphone, this issue is becoming increasingly common in workplace settings, whether between colleagues who do not get along or in the context of disputes between employees and employers.

Choosing my child’s surname

If I were to detail a list of frequently asked questions when it comes to family law matters, somewhere in the list would be – how do I change my child’s surname?

Save money on your legal costs

The legal profession is one of few remaining professions that charges in units of time. This can be confusing for non-lawyers or those who have been fortunate enough to avoid needing a lawyer. To resolve some of the confusion in the simplest way possible, most law firms bill according to the time invested in completing a task. Let’s say, for example, a lawyer charges $400 per hour, and that lawyer prepares a letter for you which takes an hour, then you would be charged $400 for that letter. If that letter took 30 minutes to prepare then you would be charged $200 and the invoice for that letter would be sent after the work has been performed.

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As solicitors practicing in the area of wills and estates, we are forever warning clients of the risks of wills being contested.

Such warnings are reflected in the unfortunate situation in which the family of Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd prime minister, now find themselves.

Before turning to the Hawke family situation, it is necessary to discuss the two primary ways in which the contesting of a will can occur.

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George Calombaris is back in the headlines for underpaying his staff to the amount of $7.83 million dollars. In addition to having to repay all these funds back to his employees, George was also hit with a $200,000 fine. Given that even Australia’s celebrities can fall down in this area, we thought now might be a good time to remind employers of some important issues they need to comply with when paying employees.

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It’s dreaded flu season! So, you got your flu shot and encouraged all your staff to get flu shots. You disinfected the entire office with Dettol and you even spray every person who comes into the office with a delightful shower of Glen 20. In fact, your business now looks like an anti-contamination chamber from the movie Outbreak. For all your efforts to keep people healthy and working, one person gets gastro and bam! Pretty soon the domino effect starts, and everyone is sick.

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Amongst all of the rapid changes of the twenty-first century, one of the most discussed social issues is gender diversity. Society has come forward in leaps and bounds with respect to the inclusion and rights of Australians who identify as LGBTIQ.

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