The 2019-20 Federal Budget and Family Legal Matters

The Federal Government has announced that it will increase legal assistance funding by under $20 million in the 2019-20 budget. This meets only 6% of the Law Council of Australia’s recommended additional $310 million per year to provide Australians at risk with adequate legal assistance. The Law C...

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Access to Justice and the Online World

On Thursday 21 March 2019 Nicholes Family Lawyers, in conjunction with Victoria Women Lawyers hosted a seminar discussing the impact of online world on ‘justice’. The seminar explored the various ways in which the emergence of technology and the online world has impacted on individuals’ abilit...

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Procedural Fairness in the Family Court

According to the Australian Law Reform Commission procedural fairness means acting fairly in administrative decision making. It relates to the fairness of the procedure under which a decision is made, and not the fairness in a substantive sense of that decision. The High Court has confirmed on numer...

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The Rise in Domestic Violence – What is being done?

This year the government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) compiled data on the prevalence of domestic violence. It was found that on average one woman every week is killed by a current or former partner. In addition to this the report found that family violence had rapidly g...

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Protection for Domestic Violence Survivors in Family Law

In an effort to restrict self-represented litigants from cross examining their victims of domestic violence, the Federal Government is set to introduce new legislation to abolish the existing practice. The Government is concerned that the current regime which permits cross examination of a victim of...

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