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DNA Testing & Paternity

A relationship breakdown involving children can occasionally raise questions about the paternity of the child.  Ultimately DNA testing will determine beyond any reasonable doubt who the child's parents are, but other matters are taken into account before that DNA test is conducted.

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Grandparents Rights to See Grandchildren

A relationship breakdown involving children not only affects the parents directly involved, but often the extended family members such as grandparents. The Family Law Act 1975 (“the legislation”) supports the generally held view that children should be entitled to have a relationship with their grandparents.

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Child Support Agreements

A written agreement between parents or carers of children about the payments to be made in support their children is called a child support agreement.

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Child Location and Recovery Applications

Some post separation parenting disputes involve the removal of children from their geographical location. Changing a child's living arrangements, such that it makes it significantly more difficult for the child to spend time with a parent is a major change in a child's life and something which should be discussed by both parents, prior to any move. 

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Pre Relationship Binding Financial Agreements

It is possible for two parties about to enter into a relationship to enter into a legally binding financial agreement which details how "pre-relationship assets" and "matrimonial assets" will be divided in the event of separation.

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Family Mediation Services

Mediation is a process in which parties to a dispute, with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator), identify the disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives and endeavour to reach an agreement.

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Spousal Maintenance

One party to a marriage (read into this de facto) is liable to maintain the other party to the marriage if the other party is unable to support themself adequately and to the extent the first party is reasonably able to do so.

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Property Settlements - for both married and de facto relationships

Sadly, not all relationships last. Many couples are able to successfully negotiate the division of their assets and care of their children without legal intervention. But, there are some who cannot and that's where we get involved. This article will explain the general court processes and the approach the Court adopts when parties cannot agree on the division of assets, or the time each party spends with their child/children...

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