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Enduring Guardianship

When it comes to making important decisions, especially once someone has lost capacity, most of the time the immediate thought goes to financial management. Many do not consider what will happen if they are in a position where they are unable to make lifestyle and medical decisions. An Enduring Guardian is a trusted person a …

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Mediation in Parenting Matters

After the breakdown of a relationship, stress levels can be at an all-time high with emotions running wild. When it comes to the care of children, parents understandably can become very stressed about the future care of their children including who they are going to live with, what school they are going to attend and …

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Power Of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which the person making the document (“the Principal”) nominates and gives legal authority to a nominated person (“the Attorney”) to act on their behalf with respect to their financial affairs. A Power of Attorney is just as important as the making of a Will, however many …

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Family Dispute Resolution

If you are experiencing a family dispute or breakdown and need to arrange a mediation session there may be a significant waiting period involved.  We would like to remind our clients that the Family Relationship Centre at Blacktown currently has much shorter waiting times than the Penrith Centre and we recommend that you contact both …

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Same-Sex Parents Not an Issue According to Research….

With the recent publicity surrounding the legalisation of same-sex marriage in both the USA and Ireland, many social commentators are predicting changes to the Australian Marriage Act in the not-too-distant future. One of the key points that is often raised when discussing the issue, both by supporters and those who are against the changes, is …

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Yours, Mine or Ours? Inheritances and Family Law

During the course of a marriage or de-facto relationship, one or both of the parties involved may receive a gift in the form of an inheritance.   The intention of the loved one or family member leaving the inheritance is almost always to make life easier for their beneficiary and to try and help ease …

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Collaboration is Growing in Popularity

The introduction of collaborative family law in Australia in 2006 saw a significant shift away from the more traditional court-based approach to divorce.  Couples who preferred to retain control of the decision-making process began to use the collaborative method with great success, avoiding the need to involve the Court in their divorce and in many …

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Read our plain English handbooks

These fact sheets are designed to provide an overview of the relevant issues and systems so that you have a better understanding of the process.

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