How relevant is fault or bad behaviour in relationship breakdown?

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It is not uncommon for people meeting with their family lawyer for the first time to raise issues of fault, wrong doing or poor conduct by the other party.

Many people automatically assume these are the types of issues that will be most relevant in the event that going to Court becomes necessary.

In my experience, if a party is suffering from the loss of the relationship, betrayal associated with an extra-marital affair or fear ...

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Family Law Courts reform

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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 cases while the Family Court hears more complex cases and is responsible for Appeals.

It ...

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Family Law On The Gold Coast

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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.

 

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Few people wake up one day and decide to separate. There’s different circumstances that lead to this decision. It’s important to approach such a significant life event with all the information you can obtain and ...

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

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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 best opportunity of presenting well before the Judge.

The Family Law Courts

Before getting into the practical aspects of your ...

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Separation And Joint Bank Accounts

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“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 realise there is a process to divide assets and work out who receives what, in our experience there is often confusion regarding the law surrounding accessing jointly ...

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