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child-custody Blog - Page 1 - Forge Legal

Parenting Orders are made to be in place until the child is no longer a child, that is until the child turns 18 years of age. However, with the needs and circumstances of a child changing from day to day, how reasonable is it to expect that Parenting Orders will spell out the full extent of ongoing care and living arrangements for your child until they are 18? The answer – unreasonable.

Myths About Parenting Laws In Australia

The legal system can be a daunting and traumatic, especially if you do not have the correct information or the right legal advice and guidance.  There are various myths about parenting matters created through the media or by word of mouth which may cause you to falsely assume your case is bound to lose.  However, every case is different and these myths are not necessarily how the Family Courts will determine parenting arrangements for your children.

child-support Blog - Page 1 - Forge Legal

When we look at the ‘father’s rights’ in parenting matters, the important thing to understand is that there is no such thing as men’s rights vs women’s rights under the Family Law Act 1975.

The only rights that the Court is legally obliged to consider is that of the child.

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If there has been any form of domestic violence in a relationship, it's not unusual to see applications for a Domestic Violence/Protection Order (DVO), usually with the objective to try to gain an advantage in the family law proceedings. This is often practised in family law disputes involving children.

Common Mistakes in Family Law

Chances are that if you are reading this, you’re experiencing some difficulty concerning the parenting arrangements for your children.

Whilst shared parenting is a common occurrence in this day and age, sorting out arrangements for your children and parental conflict take a huge toll on both parents and kids alike.  So many parents are not child-focused and let stress and emotions guide their behaviour and actions -which can have a disastrous effect on the outcome of your case.  It is vital to be prepared with the likely obstacles you will face, not only legally, but emotionally and financially.

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What is workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying can include a wider range of conduct than people often expect. It can be physical, verbal, social or psychological.

real-estate-conflict-of-interest Blog - Page 1 - Forge Legal

We live in an age where the kilometers, miles and oceans that divide continents are bridged by the internet, email, Skype all forms of social media, the list goes on.  Nothing is too foreign or too far to be within reach of an ordinary person, the up and coming entrepreneur or the CEO of a multi-million-dollar corporation. It is becoming all too common for individuals and entities to own foreign assets or trade outside their native land. As a family lawyer, I have dealt with property settlement matters where clients or their former spouses have assets in Malaysia, Columbia and South Africa and the list goes on for my colleagues.

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Having recently restructured my position within the legal profession as a full-service lawyer after some twenty years practicing as a dedicated patent (and trademark) attorney, I have been given an interesting perspective on both professional areas.

real-estate-conflict-of-interest Blog - Page 1 - Forge Legal

I asked a real estate colleague recently about how the industry had changed in recent times. I was particularly interested in the circumstances where the agent pays for all the marketing costs.  My viewpoint was that surely this would be a surefire winner in producing potential customer listings. Real estate marketing costs are not insubstantial and depending on the marketing campaign, they can run to a few thousand dollars   My colleague went to great pains to explain why this was not a good thing as far as the agent or the public was concerned.

real-estate Blog - Page 1 - Forge Legal

I had lunch recently with a real estate colleague who was very upset with a client who he had known for nine years.

The client was a vendor who had engaged my colleague to sell his property on a prime street. Having only received one offer 'which fell through' during the exclusive listings period, the vendor was then poached by a rival agent with whom the property was subsequently listed.

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