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Parenting arrangements for children’s Easter school holidays

18 March 2019

Yes, it’s hard to believe but the Easter school holidays are approaching. For separated families, negotiating the kids’ holiday arrangements can be challenging at this time of year. So, what can separated parents do to make the holiday period a little easier for themselves and their children? It's important to remember that time arrangements for [...]

What to bring to your first meeting with a family lawyer?

4 March 2019

You have made the very practical decision to seek family law advice, but you’re not sure what you need to take with you to your first appointment. We understand that clients feel daunted prior to the first meeting and want to be prepared but... Warning: do not delay having your first meeting with your family [...]

Child support and school fees

29 January 2019

The Department of Human Services, (formerly known as the Child Support Agency (CSA)) formula assessment is based on children attending a State school, not a private school. How do school fees affect child support? If parents have an agreed intention that their child should attend a private school, then the agency will look at including a proportionate [...]

Your child’s education – who gets to decide? Some tips for separated parents

15 January 2019

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 [...]

We Made It to the Doyle’s List of Recommended Lawyers for 2019.

9 January 2019

Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are proud to announce that our Directors, Tarah Tosh and Amy Honan, have been listed as Recommended Family Lawyers on the Doyle’s Family & Divorce Lawyers list once again. Tarah in the Leading Parenting & Child Matters Lawyers (Brisbane) and Amy Leading Family Lawyers (Brisbane). Doyle’s guide is a prestigious and [...]

Divorce and the Family Farm

30 December 2018

Severing the emotional and financial dependence on another person is a crucial yet often difficult part of a family law property settlement, particularly in matters involving a family farm. In these matters the physical, financial and emotional links and dependence are deeply entwined and have been made over many years, they can appear impossible to separate. This [...]

How To Get Custody of a Child

28 December 2018

Just separated? Experiencing difficulties with parenting arrangements? It is important you get advice about what will happen with custody of your children. There are a lot of myths regarding people wanting full custody of you children. Let's correct some of them. The legal process Every family is different and there are no standard or set [...]

Can I change a court order?

18 December 2018

If you have a final court order for your child’s care arrangements and you are wanting to change it, you have some obstacles to overcome. The largest obstacle is known by lawyers as the rule in Rice & Asplund. This rule says that “where there has already been a final order made in respect to [...]

Property Settlement and Farms – Dispelling the Myths

4 November 2018

Determining a property settlement involves considering various factors in the Family Law Act, in conjunction with someone's specific situation. In broad terms, the "pool" of property must be determined i.e. identified and valued (it is worth noting that the definition of "property" is very broad and can include individual, company and trust property), and then [...]

Divorce and superannuation

23 October 2018

For separated couples, the Family Law Act sets out how property should be divided. A Common Family Law Myth One of the most common Family Law myths is the belief that superannuation is not included in this division of property.  It is! Another common myth is that property is always divided equally.  It isn’t! Let’s clarify what the law does [...]