We often get asked to assist clients in obtaining a divorce… but do they actually mean a “divorce” or are they referring to a “property settlement” or even “parenting orders”? The terminology can be confusing! This article explores some of those terms in order to give you some direction in settling your affairs after separation.
In my experience practicing within the area, it is not uncommon for a party to a proceedings to “stick their foot in it”, so to speak, when it comes to the publication of information and details relating to a family law matter that should simply not be in the public eye – be it simply distasteful, or worse; prejudicial to a party or hampering the judicial process.
At some point in your life it’s likely you will know someone that is affected by cancer. One of the more unfortunate situations is if the ill person is a child.
In Australia, around 750 children between 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Almost half of them are between 0-4 years old. Leukemia is the most common cancer, with tumors following a close second. Simply put, two Australian families have their world turned upside-down with news of this debilitating sickness every single day.
There are many other factors that should be considered when determining an arrangement that is best for your children such as parental conflict, practicality, special needs of the child including medical needs and risk factors in either parent’s household. The Family Law Act 1975 provides that children have a right to a meaningful relationship with both parents absent any risk to that child with either parent. Any arrangements should consider that child’s individual needs, their safety, and welfare.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Queensland considered a landmark case concerning property, parenting and IVF. Particularly, the court was asked whether the Sperm of a deceased man’s partner could be harvested and secondly, whether that sperm could be classed as property capable of assignment to another person after death.
There are many areas of law which most of us will only need to engage with very rare and in very specific sets of circumstances – for instance, where the negligence of another person causes an injury or where a marriage breaks down. Some of us are lucky enough to pass through life without ever having to engage with these areas of our legal system.
As of mid-2018, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have undergone significant reform in an effort to reduce court waiting times and costs to parties as a result of protracted litigation. The Turnbull Government has rolled out a new system of case management with a view to ensuring the expeditious solution of family law matters.
At Forge Legal, we understand that being charged with a criminal offence is a daunting and confusing prospect. The consequences of a criminal charge can be severe and can have a significant impact on your life and the people around you. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, it is essential that you obtain legal advice that is tailored to your individual circumstances to ensure you get the outcome you deserve.