Turning Tables: The Child’s Duty of Care to Parents

In February 2018 Attorney-General Christian Porter announced that elder abuse was a top personal priority for him. A national plan will be developed to stop physical, emotional and financial abuse of elderly Australians, especially those living in care. Australian case law such as Stanford v Stanfor...

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ALRC Submissions- Share Your Experience

The Australian Law Reform Commission (“ALRC”) is currently calling for submissions from family law professionals and those with experience of the family law system. As such, Nicholes Family Lawyers is currently considering submissions regarding ways of improving the system whilst prioritising th...

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Important Step Forward With National IVO Recognition

A National initiative to tackle Family Violence Family Violence Intervention Orders (IVOs) are used to protect people from Family Violence. An IVO is made in favour of the Affected Family Member / Protected Person (“AFM”) and is made against the Respondent. IVOs can contain various conditions, i...

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Family Violence and the LGBTI Community

The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) (“the Act”) defines ‘family violence’ as behaviour by a person towards a family member of that person that is physically or sexually abusive, emotionally or psychologically abusive, economically abusive, threatening or coercive, or in any other w...

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Technology and Family Law: Friend or Foe?

It is undeniable that technology has irrevocably changed family law in Australia. It has changed the way people enter into relationships, end their relationships and pursue matters through the courts. Technology continues to evolve and change the way we gather and present evidence following the brea...

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2017 Budget and the Family Law System

On 9 May 2017, the Federal Government announced the 2017 budget. The Government announced $80 million in funding to family law and family violence services. The budget included provision for: $12.7 million to establish Parent Management Hearings; $10.7 million for additional family consultants; $3.4...

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