Frequent Topics


Tips to Keep Your Family Law Costs Down

We appreciate that payment of legal costs can present a challenge for many clients. We will work with you to ensure your case is dealt with as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.  We will be transparent about our professional fees and the other out of pocket costs (referred to as ‘disbursements’) you may incur at...

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Negotiating A Property Settlement during Covid-19

Negotiating and documenting a property settlement under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (FLA) is not always easy. You and your former partner may have a strong desire to keep things amicable, but it is an emotional time and there are added layers of difficulty in times of economic crisis. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Binding Financial Agreements: Drafting with the End in Mind

The reality is that, for some clients, happily ever after will involve the parties going their separate ways. When relationship breakdown occurs, how watertight is a financial agreement under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (FLA)? This paper looks at taking a risk averse approach to financial agreements, some of the risky...

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What is arbitration?

We do arbitrations Jacky Campbell of Forte Family Lawyers is an accredited arbitrator and a family lawyer of over 35 years’ experience. Jacky is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.  Jacky is well known for writing in family law publications for other lawyers and...

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The Micawber principles: When bankruptcy and Family Law Collide

1.    Introduction Why is this paper called “The Micawber principles”?  Mr Micawber, in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield is the eternal optimist.  His famous phrase “Something will turn up” is probably reflective of why many people end up bankrupt.  Judge Driver, in a case referred to in this paper, described a bankrupt as...

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Will de-federation of the Family Court fix fragmentation of family law? An analysis of the ALRC’s final report on family law

Family law never stagnates.  Legislative reforms since the introduction of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) have often either followed societal developments or, more frequently, led or accompanied them.  However, the next 12 months has the potential for even greater change for family lawyers, the family law courts and parties...

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