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Family Law Property Settlement without having to go to Court

Most people following marriage breakdown and separation wish to avoid having to go to court and want to resolve property settlement as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. Separation is an emotional time and it is not uncommon for family law solicitors to encounter situations where poor communication and troubled relationships impede the party’s […]

Federal Circuit and Family Court

Update on Family Court and Federal Circuit Court reform In May 2018 Peter Hooper’s blog referred to the Federal Government’s announcement of a significant shake up of the Australian Family Law Courts system. The changes were due to occur on 1 January 2019 however delays have been encountered and at the current date the changes […]


Parenting Process

How is a child custody dispute resolved in Queensland without going to Court? Firstly, parenting disputes in Queensland are dealt with in the same way as for the majority of the Country. This is because since most States referred their power over children’s matters back to the Commonwealth. Thus, the law concerning parenting after separation, […]

Common Family Law Questions and tips part 1

I have set out some common concerns and questions I’ve heard from people repeatedly over the years, and I plan on doing this in a number of separate articles. It is impossible in an article such as this to provide definitive answers to every question, and everyone’s situation is different. However, I hope what follows […]

Family Law Courts reform

On 30 May 2018 the Federal Government announced a significant shake up of the Australian Family Law Courts system. Currently the Courts primarily exercising jurisdiction pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 are the Federal Circuit Court (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court) and Family Court. The Federal Circuit Court is responsible for the bulk of […]

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Family Law On The Gold Coast

Hooper Family Lawyers has now set up our office in Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Family law covers a broad range of areas. We aim to bring our clients much needed advice and, if need be, representation in Court.   Consultations Few people wake up one day and decide to separate. There’s different circumstances that lead to […]


Going to Court? – What to expect in the Family Law Courts

For most people going to court is a daunting experience. The gravity of the occasion, coupled with the formality of the environment can be extremely stressful and can cause a lot of anxiety. The good news is you can prepare yourself for the experience, and hopefully reduce some of your stress/anxiety to give yourself the […]

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Separation And Joint Bank Accounts

“What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine” …but what about the joint bank accounts? Most people who are married or in committed relationships intertwine their finances. Typically, this takes the form of joint ownership of the family home, motor vehicles and of course the joint bank account (or credit card). While most people […]