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Getting Ready for School

16 January 2017

Issues regarding school enrolment and getting children ready for school can often ignite disagreement and disputes between parents who are separated or divorced. Where the channels of communication have broken down, it is commonly the case that schools are called on by parents to be the facilitator or arbiter of their dispute. You should be [...]

Coping with Christmas – Timely Tips for separated Mums and Dads

17 November 2016

For most of us, Christmas is a happy time, a time when families and friends get together to swap presents and stories, share meals and homes and generally enjoy each other’s company. But, Brisbane based Specialist Family Lawyer, Michael Lynch author of the book “A Guide to Family Law – Everyday Answers” knows well that [...]

Getting a second opinion

17 October 2016

Family Law is a complex and ever changing area of law. All of the lawyers at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers practice solely in Family and Relationship Law, we are often requested to provide a second opinion on legal advice people have received elsewhere. We are happy to assist in providing this Specialist assistance. To make [...]

Launch of New Legal Resource

18 September 2016

A new online DV resource has been provided to Judges across the country. The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) has launched, the first stage of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book. The release of stage two is anticipated in June 2017. The development of the resource was in consultation with Judicial Officers, [...]

Consenting ‘Without Admission’ – What Does That Mean?

23 August 2016

Agreeing to a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) being made 'without admission' is often considered the quickest and easiest solution when faced with a domestic violence application, especially in circumstances where the respondent does not wish to defend the action and agreeing to the order will not affect their livelihood (e.g. they don’t require a "weapons [...]

Disclosure – “But What if I’m Only a Discretionary Beneficiary?”

23 August 2016

In a property division under the Family Law Act each spouse has a duty to make 'full and frank disclosure' of all documents relevant to the case within their "possession or control". A recent case has considered whether a husband failed to disclose Trust documents when he was only a beneficiary to a discretionary trust. [...]

Life Expectancy & Property Division

23 August 2016

A person’s life expectancy can be taken into account in determining a property division. It could be considered in terms of the 'percentage division' when looking at the 'future needs' component for each spouse. An appeal was recently granted where the trial judge had made the finding that the husband's 'future needs' in the context [...]

Family Violence Statistics

23 August 2016

In the last 12 months the media and the broader community has had an increased focus on the problem of family violence. Here are some statistics that clarify the seriousness of the problem in Australia. one in four women (23%) has experienced family violence (ABS) one in three women (34%) has experienced family violence  by [...]

“Am I Separated?”

16 August 2016

You may be thinking this is a strange question, but the fact is that in almost every matter we are involved in the couple disagrees on their date of separation. This may sometimes be inconsequential, such as a few days or a week but quite often it is a much longer period. The Family Court [...]

Changing a Parenting Court Order

9 August 2016

A person wishing to change an existing parenting order, should give careful consideration to the reasons why they are doing so.  They must be careful that they are not seeking to re-agitate old arguments which existed at the time of making the previous parenting order.  A 'significant change in circumstances' is required to be established [...]