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What you need to know when attending Court for a Family Law matter

The Basics Be prepared. If it is your first time appearing in court it may be helpful to attend a hearing beforehand so that you have an understanding of the process. Arrive early! Give yourself time to find the courtroom and discuss any outstanding matters with your lawyer before your matter is called on Always …

How to Get the Best Out of Your Lawyer

Separation and divorce can be particularly traumatic, and our role as Family Lawyers is to help you through this difficult time with as little stress as possible. Here are our top 5 ways that you can help us to help you: Tell your lawyer everything! Sometimes the things which you may consider irrelevant are very …

Catherine Leach Speaks with 7 News

Becoming a Legal Couple Australian laws move hard and fast when identifying two people as a legal couple. It’s imperative you understand where you stand, knowing the ins and outs of your partners past and current situation to ensure your financial freedom is secure. Catherine Leach speaks more on the topic to 7 News, and …

Surveillance Devices and Secret Agents

Your name is Bond. James Bond. That might not be your real name. You’re a secret agent. A very, very secret agent. The family law negotiations have come to a stalemate. Your lawyer has told you that there is just not quite enough evidence to support your claims. You’ve had enough. No more Mr Nice …

Does your Family Lawyer Understand You?

After working in Family Law for over 20 years I have come across many different types of relationships. My biggest challenge is to make sure I understand what has taken place and not to place “labels” on things. Many years ago I had a client who had just separated. The children were living in the …

Social media and separation

It started with chain emails and ICQ, progressed to MSN Messenger and has advanced to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Tinder to name but a few.  Electronic communication has assisted the practice of family law in countless ways, such as giving us immediate access to online research platforms and the ability to instantaneously communicate with …

New Year’s Resolutions

It is very easy to become emotionally driven during family law settlements, particularly when our children are involved. Past behaviours and things said in the heat of the moment are often very hard to forget. Unfortunately, feelings of hurt and disappointment can sometimes stand in the way of a negotiated settlement. As we enter into …

8 Simple Bits of Advice for Separated People

This great advice comes from Reddit (www.reddit.com) from people who separated and survived. 1. You have to love your kids more than you hate your ex. 2. It will take time, but you will get through this and life will get better. 3. Freedom is amazing. 4. Pain is a huge catalyst for change; use …

Why Documents Matter in Family Law

Why Documents Matter in Family Law When a couple separate, they are usually asked to tell “their story”.   They individually tell friends, family, colleagues and professionals about their relationship, why it ended and what their expectations are moving forward. Amazingly, each person will tell a different “story”. These different stories can sometimes be very …

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