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Family Lawyers Blasted By Judge For Charging $860k In Fees

A Tasmanian Family Court judge has released a damning judgment reprimanding two lawyers from opposing law firms for charging outrageous fees in family law proceedings. Justice Robert Benjamin is based in Hobart, but for this matter, he was in the Sydney registry of the Family Court where he heard the matter of Simic & Norton …

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Court Refuses To Split Property After Breakdown Of 5 Year Marriage

A court declared that a husband and wife were to walk away with their own property after the breakdown of a 5-year marriage. This left the husband with $80,000 and the wife with $300,000. Under Section 79 of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), the court has the discretion to make property settlement orders if …

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Father Loses Appeal To Keep Child Within A 40min Drive Of His Home

A father has lost his appeal to stop his child from moving outside of a 40-minute driving radius of his own home. Groth v Banks [2017] FamCAFC 206 concerned an appeal made by the father against final parenting orders made by Thornton J on 13 January 2017. The orders permitted the mother to change their …

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Ex-wife tells Family Court she needs $4,000 a week for expenses 

Throughout the marriage of Mr and Ms Moller, the couple enjoyed a very high standard of living. Mr Moller’s income was said to of averaged about $1.5million per annum. The couple also shared two primary-school-aged children from the marriage. In the final year that the couple was together, it was estimated by Ms Moller that …

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Family Court Decision – One Mother’s Severe Lesson In Co-Parenting

Mr and Mrs Ralton (Court-ordained pseudonyms) were in a relatively short relationship from 2005 to 2009. During the relationship, the couple had two children- a son and a daughter. The son and daughter were aged three and one respectively when their parents separated, and the children remained living with their mother. Court records note that …

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26 Months In Court For A 19 Month Marriage

One Melbourne couple together spent over $225,000 over a 26-month period in Court disputing settlement of property from their 19-month long marriage. This recent 2017 case showcases how bitter disputes between exes can blow up in court and waste time, money and dignity for the parties involved. After a family law divorce, a former couple …

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Family Court Denies Jewish Man’s Request For Religious Divorce

Family Court of Australia refuses Jewish divorce plea application saying that granting a religious divorce would be unconstitutional. The Family Court of Australia preserved national secularism when an application by an Orthodox Jewish husband to force his wife to grant him a Jewish divorce, was refused.   The Orthodox Jewish husband’s request in the case …

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Attorney General criticised for mixed messages on domestic violence

The judicial system is no stranger to complaints regarding the amount of time it takes for cases to be heard. Although the case load for Federal Circuit Court judges has always been relatively high, recently released statistics regarding the Newcastle Federal Circuit Court’s workload has prompted public criticism   Attorney-General George Brandis’ Delay in appointing …

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