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Marriage equality postal vote to proceed

The High Court has ruled that the government is able to legally conduct the postal survey on same sex marriage. The Court dismissed two challenges which claimed that it was unconstitutional for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (‘ABS’) to carry out the survey. Two groups brought the co...

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Secret recordings deemed admissible by the Court

In the recent matter of Jasper & Corrigan (No. 2) [2017] FCCA 1467 Judge Altobelli was asked to determine the admissibility of conversations secretly recorded by the mother without the knowledge of the father. The substantive issue before the Court in this matter was the existence of a de facto ...

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Family Reports in Parenting Matters

When parenting matters are in dispute in Court proceedings an Order will often be made for the parties and children to attend upon an experienced psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker for the purpose of obtaining a family report. The purpose of a family report is to provide an independent asse...

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7th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights

It was with great enthusiasm and commitment as a team that Sally Nicholes (Managing Partner), Nadine Udorovic (Partner) and Claire Walczak (Associate) attended the 7th World Congress on Family Law and International Children’s Rights from 5 to 7 June 2017 in Dublin, Ireland (” the World Cong...

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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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