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Colombia Legalises Polygamous Unions

Three men have gained legal recognition for their relationship in Colombia. The three men, known as a throuple, rather than a couple, signed legal documents with their solicitor to formally recognise their relationship. The formal recognition of their union will entitle each man to inheritance right...

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Who stays? Sole Use and Occupation Order

When people separate, one party often agrees to leave the family home however, this is not always the case. In some circumstances an issue can arise as to who will remain in the family home pending a final resolution of property matters. One option available to parties in this situation is to apply ...

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Alternative Dispute Resolution- Collaboration

At Nicholes Family Lawyers we encourage our clients to make a genuine effort to resolve disputes with their former partner and avoid the need to go to Court. To help them resolve these disputes we recommend clients engage with a range of options, collectively referred to as methods of “Alternative...

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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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Introducing our International Family Law Specialist Group

Nicholes Family Lawyers are proud to announce the launch of the first International Family Law Specialist Group Newsletter ahead of the 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights held in Dublin, Ireland from 4-7 June 2017. The World Congress will be attended by members of NFL’s Inter...

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Teenager’s Views Not Always Decisive

In the recent High Court decision of Bondelmonte v Bondelmonte [2017] HCA 8 the issue of the weight to be given to children’s views as to their living arrangements was considered in circumstances where the father had removed the children to New York. The parents had separated in 2010 and at the ti...

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Location Orders

If a parent has removed a child from the child’s last known address, and the child is unable to be found by the other parent, a Registrar of the Court has the power to make a Location Order. Such an order compels a third party, usually the Australian Federal Police or Centrelink, to provide to [&h...

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Enforcement of Court Orders

What happens where you are found to have contravened Court Orders without a “reasonable excuse”? It is an all too common occurrence where one person may breach a Court Order by not making the children available to spend time with the other parent. Whilst we use this example, breaching Court Orde...

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