Divorce – how much will it cost me

  In the family law realm, the actual Divorce is the easy part.  A Divorce does not finalise your property settlement.  It is simply a dissolution of your marriage at law. The more difficult aspect is formalising your property settlement … Continue reading

Caroline Counsel: Candidate 2019 LIV Council

I am standing for election and if you want a strong and truly member-focussed LIV, then I am asking you for your vote.  Throughout my career I have worked at small, medium and large law firms and understand what lawyers … Continue reading

Races and Marriage Don’t Always Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage

We know there is an increase of family violence which coincides with major sporting events particularly football grand finals.  That powder keg combination of alcohol and testosterone set ablaze with tribalism and chest beating often plays out in horrific scenes … Continue reading

To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate, that is the question….

Arbitration as an alternative to waiting in long court lists for a judge to decide your matter in the Family Court can be of benefit to clients. They may not have had this suggested as an option for various reasons. … Continue reading

“Who’s your daddy?”

  The High Court of Australia’s (HCA) recent decision in Masson v Parsons [2019] HCA 21 has drawn attention to the undefined scope of who can be considered a parent under the Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) and created uncertainty … Continue reading

Why Dads Matter When Parents Split

When a couple decide to start a family, I think we can safely say that they do so with the expectation that both parents will be an important part of their children’s lives.  They want to love and care for … Continue reading

“We’ve separated and I have no money: What do I do now?”

When people separate, they often find themselves struggling financially now that they are only living off one income.   Statistically speaking, at the point of separation and the creation of two separate residences for the family, an average family needs to … Continue reading


Caroline Counsel recently spoke about Family Violence at an event on the 28 July 2019 I AM WOMAN WATCH ME WALK at Princes Park. The women behind the event are Nicole Rowan, Ashlee Donohue, Sarah Fiess and Clare Fitzgerald and … Continue reading

If you leave me, can I come too? What happens to our beloved pets post-divorce and separation?

“Here boy” was the last thing you hear your ex-partner say as they walk out the door.  When separating, parties often gloss over or don’t think about who will have custody of the beloved family pet.  Either party assumes that … Continue reading

“Where Has All the Money Gone?”: How to find the missing money in Family Law Matters

With the advent of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, the Family Courts have had to deal with a new type of asset and lawyers employ new strategies for ascertaining the real wealth of the other side’s client.  It is hard to … Continue reading