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Cocaine, Cross Dressing And Children

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has imposed strict parenting arrangements upon the Father of a young daughter, after receiving evidence that the Father could not provide adequate care to the Child as a result of extracurricular activities...

Domestic violence by children

New statistics released by the Childrens Court of Victoria has revealed an alarming increase in the number of domestic violence orders made against children for acts committed against their parents. In 2014 alone, more than 870 children received family violence...

Family violence one of Australia’s dark, dark secrets’

  Victoria Police is set to follow in the footsteps of the new Andrews government, committing itself to appointing its first Assistant Commissioner for Domestic Violence, following the assignment of Northcote MP Fiona Richardson as Victoria’s first Minister for...

Is Sexting Without Consent A Criminal Offence

New laws are now in force throughout Victoria criminalising the malicious or deliberate sharing of intimate photos of an adult without their consent, or the sharing of images of anyone under 18 years of age, otherwise known as ‘sexting’. The two new laws attract hefty...

Children named as reason for staving off divorce

A recent survey of 9856 Australian married adults who admit to cheating on their spouse or partner has revealed that children are one of the reasons that they refrain from getting a divorce. Victoria Milan is a self-proclaimed dating website ‘specially designed for...

Care must be taken when making a Binding Financial Agreement

‘A recent Family Court decision[1] demonstrates the importance of receiving accurate advice from a solicitor when entering into a binding Financial Agreement, also called a prenup or prenuptial agreement. The Full Court of the Family Court has recently...

Victims of family violence granted faster access to protection

New laws that came into effect on Sunday now grant police the power to issue family violence intervention orders 24/7 in a bid to afford greater protection to victims of family violence. Previously, police were only able to issue on-the-spot intervention orders for...

‘Special contributions’ in financial cases a terrible mistake?

In the recent decision of Hoffman v Hoffman [2014] FamCAFC 92, the Family Court of Australia Full Court found that the previously relied upon ‘notion of special contribution has all been a terrible mistake’ (Hoffman at [61], citing D & D [2005] FamCA 1462 at...

Wife enjoys all of $6m lottery win after she separated from her husband

After two years of court proceedings, a woman who won $6 million in a lottery can now enjoy the entirety of her winnings in peace. The woman’s ex-husband – with whom she was married for 20 years before their separation in 2008 – attempted to claim a piece of the pie...
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