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What is a restraint of trade in an employment agreement? 

One of the most important types of clauses found in most employment agreements utilised by Australian businesses are restraint of trade clauses. These are clauses which restrict (or purport to restrict) the employee from certain forms of conduct which may be detrimental to the employer after the employment has ended.

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A donation made by Forge Legal helped a local team raise a record total for last year’s Camp Quality esCarpade.

Camp Quality’s esCarpade is an annual motoring adventure that raises money for kids living with cancer, allowing them to attend fun camps, while simultaneously giving their parents a break. The seven-day event attracts charitable car enthusiasts, driving fun-themed cars across the country. Each car must be over 20-years-old and have a driver, navigator, with a maximum of four participants allowed to take part.

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What are my child support obligations?

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

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Many applications for a protection order proceed to trial, at which time it can greatly assist you if you have evidence to support any claims of domestic violence within your application.

Our practical tips for clients in relation to evidence gathering are set out below.

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A client of mine recently shared his insights from his experience going through the state courts, defending domestic violence allegations whilst he also had parenting matters on foot. The lessons he learnt and the measures he has taken to protect himself in the future are likely relevant to many other parents who are involved in both parenting and domestic violence proceedings.

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?

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