Preparing for Christmas as a co-parent

By | November 22nd, 2017|Family Law, News|

We are delighted to share with you a podcast with Lucy Good from Beanstalk Mums and our family law specialist Vanessa Hernandez talking co-parenting at Christmas and how to be prepared…. This is one for the co-parents amongst us. It’s all about that happy, merry, family time we call Christmas. Yes, what was once a [...]

Why do I need a Will?

By | June 15th, 2017|Family Law, News|

By Dani Jones This is a phrase I too often hear as a solicitor.  Succession planning is not a topic many people like to think about let alone discuss with loved ones or a solicitor.  I find a common trend especially amongst young people is that “I’ll get around to it later” or “everything will [...]

What happens when a Domestic Violence Order is breached?

By | June 2nd, 2017|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News|

By Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Order Domestic Violence Orders (‘DVO’) are court orders designed to prevent future domestic or family violence occurring. The can also commonly be referred to as “Protection Orders” or “Restraining Orders”. A DVO tells the person committing an act of domestic violence (“the respondent”) what not to do in the future [...]

How to be perfectly prepared for Mediation

By | May 24th, 2017|Family Law, Guest Post, News|

We are delighted to share with you a podcast with Lucy Good from Beanstalk Mums and our family law specialist Vanessa Hernandez talking all things mediation and how to be prepared.... I am always being asked about mediation. From what exactly is it, how can it help, what does it cost … and even what [...]

5 great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day as a single Mum

By | May 2nd, 2017|Family Law, Guest Post, News, Single Parents|

Guest post by Lucy Good from Beanstalk Single Mums Mother’s Day: Typically a time for mums to relax, put their feet up and bask in the glow of being a wonderful mother. Well, that’s the plan anyway. The reality for single mums can be a little different. Although we celebrate motherhood, without a partner to [...]

How to avoid ‘egg-stra’ mess this Easter with your parenting arrangements

By | April 11th, 2017|Family Law, News, Parenting Arrangements|

By Vanessa Hernandez Egg hunts, hot cross buns, and people dressed up as giant bunnies...sounds like Easter must be right around the corner, right? It’s a holiday that you and your kids usually love, and that you look forward to each year, but this year you haven’t yet agreed to a sharing arrangement with your [...]

8 Ways Facebook Posts can Help or Hinder Your Divorce

By | March 22nd, 2017|Family Law, News|

by Vanessa Hernandez “She/he is purposely withholding the child. She/he constantly says he is unwell and can’t see me but I know that’s not true.” As a family lawyer, I hear statements like this from clients all the time. While in years gone by we would probably hire a private investigator to try and prove or [...]

7 tips to surviving your first Valentine’s Day after Separation

By | February 14th, 2017|Family Law|

By Vanessa Hernandez Valentine’ s Day. The day we imagine being swept off our feet by the person we love. A day that’s all about flowers, thoughtful surprises, candlelight and big declarations of love. But if it’s your first Valentine’s Day post separation, you’re likely to be feeling more fed up than loved up. But before you go [...]

My ex and I have a verbal agreement. Do we need it in writing?

By | January 24th, 2017|Family Law, Separation Agreements|

by Vanessa Hernandez You and your former partner have talked and negotiated, and you’ve managed to come to an agreement regarding your parenting and/or property matters.  Things are going well, and you’re feeling thankful that your divorce hasn’t turned out the same way as some of the nasty divorces we all see on TV or [...]

Employers: there’s a 1 in 4 chance your female staff members are experiencing domestic violence at home.

By | November 15th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter and Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be over, but the drive to improve responses to it in the workplace are just beginning. This week, a full bench of the Australian Work Commission is sitting in Melbourne to hear and determine a test case claim by the Australian Council of Trade [...]