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Recent News October 12, 2015

Proving a De facto relationship in the Family Courts

When the Federal government introduced the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and other Measures) Act 2008 (Cth) it signified an important recognition of the rights of de facto spouses in the Family Law jurisdiction.

Recent News Uncategorised October 12, 2015

The Relevance of Domestic Abuse in Family Law Matters

Domestic abuse has seen a great deal of attention in the news lately. In a 2007 study, the Australian Institute of Family Studies observed that domestic abuse is alleged in roughly 60% of the Family Law cases brought before the Courts.[1] Consequently, domestic abuse is somewhat of a pertinent issue in the Family Law jurisdiction and one that requires careful consideration in practice so that legal practitioners may best promote the welfare of all parties to proceedings.

Recent News October 12, 2015

Divorcing in Australia: All about Irretrievable breakdown and Separation

It was recently reported in the Canberra City News that a couple would divorce one another if the Federal Parliament was to pass any amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) recognizing marriage equality. However, it unlikely that this couple would be granted a divorce by the Family Court of Australia, and this article explains why that may be the case.

Recent News October 12, 2015

The Story of Mr K & Mr M: Why you need an Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer

In a judgment delivered earlier this year, a Western Australian Family Law solicitor was ordered to repay $110,000 after it was determined that he had overcharged his client and had not kept proper time records.

Recent News April 24, 2015

Are Prenuptials Valid in Australia?

Recently, a client posed the following question: ‘I heard that prenuptial agreements are not valid in Australia, is this true?’ The short answer to this question, is no. Prenuptials, or Financial Agreements as they are referred to in Australian jurisdictions, are valid, and spouses are free to enter into them at any point in a […]

Recent News April 24, 2015

Prospective Inheritances in Family Law Property Proceedings

This article deals with how the Court considers prospective inheritances when determining what adjustment to make to the legal and beneficial interest of the property of the parties to the relationship (“the parties’ property”). The article concentrates on prospective inheritances following the breakup of a marriage. The same principles apply when considering the adjustment to […]

Recent News January 28, 2015

Diamond Conway welcomes Steven Lamont to the Family Law Team

It was with great pleasure that Diamond Conway recently welcomed Mr. Steven Lamont, who has joined the Family Law Team. Working alongside Mr. Tom Doumanis, Steven will be proudly servicing Diamond Conway’s Family Law clients, delivering a service tailored to the firm’s high standards. Steven joins Diamond Conway from Coddington Lamont, and brings with him […]

Recent News January 28, 2015

Federal government proposes changes to some foreign adoption requirements

On the 29th of May 2014, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014 (Cth) was introduced before the House of Representative. This bill looks to amend sections 19B and 19C of the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) by changing the requirements for the adoption of children outside Australia. Speaking before Parliament, Prime Minister Tony Abbott […]

Recent News January 28, 2015

Diamond Conway launches dedicated Family Law site

Diamond Conway is pleased to announce the launch of our new site dedicated entirely to Family Law. The new site is aimed at providing detailed information about Family Law in Australia, as well as the Family Law services offered at Diamond Conway. The site has been developed with our clients and those looking for Family […]