What are the consequences of not following a parenting order?

The Australia Federal Police (AFP) posted a news report on Facebook on 19 September 2018 that three children who had been “abducted” by their father had been found safe and well. The children had been taken by their father in … Continue reading

To Smack or Not to Smack? How do the Family Courts deal with Corporal Punishment?

Separated parents may experience difficulties managing their different parenting styles when co-parenting their children. This is often the case when one parent is strict with the children and the other parent has a more laid back attitude. The waters get … Continue reading

How you can benefit from Second Opinions in Your Family Law Matter

Caroline Counsel Family Lawyers has developed a niche practice in providing clients with a second opinion about their family law matters.  It is not unusual for clients to experience doubt during what is undeniably a very stressful and concerning time.  … Continue reading

How to tell your children about your separation

Going through a separation can be an extremely distressing time where you are at your most vulnerable. This situation is only made more challenging when you have children whose emotional needs must be managed as they are eased through this … Continue reading

Don’t Get A Nasty Shock About Your Financial Exposure When Your Marriage Ends

It never ceases to amaze me how many of our clients have consulted other experts – be it financial advisors, accountants or commercial lawyers – with the clients expecting these experts to understand how family law intersects with wealth protection. … Continue reading

Attorney General Christian Porter commended the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of parties) Bill 2018

Earlier this week, Attorney General Christian Porter commended the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of parties) Bill 2018 to the House of Representatives and this initiative is supported by many in the legal profession.  The Family Law Section … Continue reading

Just when you thought it was safe to travel with your kids……….

Imagine, you have been through the stress of a Family Court dispute, orders have been made about your kids, life seems to arranging itself to the new normal and you decide to take your children on a lovely holiday to … Continue reading

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court to Merge says Attorney General

Attorney-General Christian Porter today announced that the Family Court of Australia will be merged with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia establishing a new single Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) from 1 January 2019, ahead of the … Continue reading

Prostitute gets less than she bargained for in Family Law Matter

The recent Family Court case of Higgins & Higgins addressed a unique situation in which the Applicant Husband, Mr Higgins, had initially engaged the Respondent Wife, Ms Higgins, as an escort and married her a number of years later. In … Continue reading

Who pays the Capital Gains Tax when a couple decides to separate?

  Many of our clients have a broad range of assets including investment properties and share portfolios. If you have separated from your partner, it is very important for you to understand the tax consequences which may flow from selling … Continue reading