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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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Alternative Dispute Resolution Revamped  

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term that encompasses all forms of dispute resolution outside of litigation. ADR processes within family law commonly include; mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.  ADR provides for a beneficial pathway for many disputing parties as it ca...

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PODCAST: LGBTIQ & Family Law

In this podcast, host Dean Beck joins Nicholes Family Lawyers’ Senior Associate, Bec Dahl, and Associate, Alastair Noakes, to discuss important Family Law issues that affect the LGBTIQ community. Bec covers topics such as Intervention Orders, Family Violence, Adoption, Surrogacy, Co-parenting, Rel...

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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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