Mediation Part 2: What is it? How Can Clients Be Better Heard? Caroline Counsel: Nationally Accredited Mediator, Collaborative Practitioner Accredited Family Law Specialist and Melbourne Family Law Lawyer

When clients are told they are going to mediation, most do not know what that means. Most clients in fact never experience mediation. What they usually experience is a form of shuttle negotiation. There may be an initial meeting where … Continue reading

How Do I get the most out of my Family Law Mediation? Part 1, Caroline Counsel: Melbourne Family Lawyer

Humans and the human condition are at the centre of any family law dispute. Humans are complex animals. We are subject to many influences and prone to subtle thinking. Sometimes, we are unaware of how stimuli are working on us. … Continue reading

Is My Ex Spying On Me?

Nearly everyone has a smart phone and many also have tablet devices. Often in families these devices are connected by a shared account of one party, usually a parent if the couple has children. During or after a separation, it … Continue reading

I recorded my partner abusing me, can I use it in Court as evidence?

Illegally or Improperly Obtained Evidence Our lives are dominated by smartphone, everything Snapchatted or Instagrammed. Everything is filmed and recorded, but can it be used as evidence against someone in your family law matter?  In the case of Michaels & … Continue reading

“Now that I am Separated, Can I Go on Tinder?” – What not to post on internet dating apps

It is not uncommon for family law clients to start dating other people once they have separated from their former partner. However, it can be tricky to navigate post-separation dating, especially when people start using Internet dating apps such as … Continue reading

Cross examination banned in Family Law proceedings where Family Violence has occurred

“For parties who have experienced family violence, fear of being cross examined by the person who has perpetrated the abuse may lead them to avoid the court and consent to arrangements that do not provide security they need“ Australian Law … Continue reading

The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Caroline Counsel

Accredited Family Law Specialist Caroline Counsel says that grandparents are specifically mentioned under the Family Law Act as being able to commence proceedings in relation to their grandchildren, but that doesn’t, however, give grandparents an automatic “right” to their grandchildren. “Each … Continue reading

Who pays for a baby when you’re not married or in a de facto relationship?

When a woman becomes pregnant and is neither married nor in a de facto relationship, legal issues can arise as to who is responsible for her support during the birthing period and then who is responsible for the financial support … Continue reading

Help! My former partner applied for an Intervention Order against me and I have a Court Hearing.

Intervention Order Hearings are sometimes unexpected and can be very confronting for both Applicants and Respondents to manage. If you have been served with an Intervention Order and have an upcoming Hearing, we recommend that you make an appointment to … Continue reading

Can I let my hair down at the end of my relationship and go all out on a trip to Vegas?

Many clients feel the need to let their hair down, celebrate or recover during family law proceedings and may choose to travel overseas to Bali or Las Vegas to do so.  Whilst it is permitted to travel overseas (unless you … Continue reading