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Family Law in Australia
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Applying for a divorce - what are the steps involved? | Lexology

Applying for a divorce - what are the steps involved? | Lexology | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
Married couples can apply for a divorce in Australia if the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Couples must have been separated for at least 12…
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Family split over bashing death of 'bright, mischievous' boy

Family split over bashing death of 'bright, mischievous' boy | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
A weeping grandmother has told a Sydney court she will never forgive her daughter for failing to protect her four-year-old son, who was bashed to death by her boyfriend
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Telstra waives silent line fee for victims of abuse

Telstra waives silent line fee for victims of abuse | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
Victims who have been assaulted in their homes by family members or partners will be given silent telephone numbers free under a new policy announced by Telstra.
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Gotcha tapes disliked by court

Gotcha tapes disliked by court | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
It could be called gotcha litigation, except that it usually backfires on the party laying the trap.
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Spousal immunity rules scrapped

Spousal immunity rules scrapped | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it

The centuries-old rule that protects people from prosecution for failing to dob in their spouses to police has been abolished.

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A-G to fight on as custody battle labelled absurd

A-G to fight on as custody battle labelled absurd | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
THE federal government has appealed against a Family Court ruling in which a judge criticised it for pursuing an Australian mother in "absurd" circumstances for refusing to hand over her two young daughters to their father in Sweden.
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Committee Calls for the Highest Levels of Government to Address Domestic Violence in NSW - NSW Standing Committee on Social Issues

'Committee Chair, the Hon Niall Blair MLC, said, “Domestic violence is a profound betrayal of the love and trust that people have for those closest to them, and the damage it inflicts on individuals, on families and on the broader community is equally profound. Domestic violence costs the New South Wales economy more than $4.5 billion each year.”'

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Qld: to criminalise same sex couples and singles seeking surrogacy - Australian Surrogacy and Adoption Blog:

The Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced last week to the parliament a debate on the changes to the Civil Partnership laws that Queensland would be changing its surrogacy laws...

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I knew your mum would look after you: judge

A family court judge has taken the unusual step of writing a personal letter to two children explaining why he gave sole custody of them to their mother.
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Net widens on family violence

The definition of domestic violence will be expanded to include emotional manipulation, withholding money and harming the family pet under controversial changes to family law.

The changes, which become law on Thursday, for the first time broaden the definition of violence beyond physical abuse to other damaging actions , including: Stalking; Repeated derogatory taunts; Intentionally damaging or destroying property; and Preventing someone having contact with family and friends.

 

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Family violence drives up Vic crime rates

New statistics show Victoria's crime rate has risen by 4.1 per cent and is being driven up by an increase in family-related violence.
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Tug-of-love sisters stay in country while case is heard

The High Court in Brisbane heard yesterday an urgent appeal by the family of the sisters, ages 9, 10, 13 and 14, who are fighting to keep them in Australia with their mother.

Police located the girls on the Sunshine Coast on Monday night, a week after they went into hiding to avoid being returned to Italy with their father in order to settle custody issues.

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High Court adjourns custody battle over girls - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Four young sisters at the centre of an international custody row have been given a temporary reprieve as the High Court considers their plea to stay in Australia with their mother.
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Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog: Queensland surrogacy update

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Families on protection radar before children died, says Ombudsman

Families on protection radar before children died, says Ombudsman | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
Seven children who died from abuse in NSW during 2010 and 2011 were brought to the attention of community services in the year before their death, the Ombudsman has found, with three families having ''extensive contact''.
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On-the-spot apprehended domestic violence orders to protect women

POLICE will be able to issue apprehended domestic violence orders on the spot without court approval in what the government says is the "single most practical meaningful reform in combating domestic violence in memory".
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Kids prefer jail to abuse at home, says magistrate Roger Clisdell

Kids prefer jail to abuse at home, says magistrate Roger Clisdell | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
ABORIGINAL children in outback NSW are deliberately committing crimes so that they can be sent to jail to escape "constant and brutal domestic violence", according to a serving magistrate who has decried a critical lack of sentencing options for...
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Dust to dust-up: husband ordered to dig up parents' ashes in divorce row

Dust to dust-up: husband ordered to dig up parents' ashes in divorce row | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
Dust to dust-up: husband ordered to dig up parents' ashes in divorce row...
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Push to give police extra powers over home abuse

Push to give police extra powers over home abuse | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
THE Premier, Barry O'Farrell, must take a leadership role in tackling domestic violence in NSW, a ''profoundly personal problem, a destructive social issue and a serious crime'' that disproportionately affects women and costs the state $4.5 billion a year, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

 

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Father threatened with jail over website attacking former wife and lawyers

Father threatened with jail over website attacking former wife and lawyers | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
THE Family Court has threatened to jail an aggrieved father over a website that attacks his former wife as a "psychopath" and intimidates her lawyers by branding them witches and murderers.
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Family Court judge orders girl, 5, be told her father is a pedophile when she is deemed old enough

A JUDGE has ordered that a five-year-old girl be told her father is a pedophile as soon as she is deemed old enough.
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JustKimberly's comment, June 17, 2012 6:34 AM
The daughter has a right to know what her father is, whether or not she understands it, however, it may have a traumatising effect on the little girl and ultimately her lifestyle in the future.
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Risks in court of common opinion

Risks in court of common opinion | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it

Children's voices need to be heard loud and clear in cases where separating  parents are fighting over them. But rarely do children in Australia get to meet  the judge who is deciding their fate.

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Sara's comment, June 14, 2012 8:28 PM
Unfair in all honesty. Firstly, parents that fight over their children.. not fair at all for the kid. And secondly, it's the child's fate that is in question here, therefore it's unfair again that the kid does not get a say. Hmmmm...?
"As cruel as it sounds, the Australian court's role in this case is not to decide what is in the children's best interest."
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Safety of the child must be put first

Safety of the child must be put first | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it

Federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, discusses family law reforms related to family violence.

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Two dads and a surrogate create legal landmark

Two dads and a surrogate create legal landmark | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
TWO men have become the first same-sex couple in NSW to be declared the parents of a baby that was born through a surrogate, with a court ruling it was in the child's "best interests".
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Custody battle dad accuses media of untruths - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Custody battle dad accuses media of untruths - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Family Law in Australia | Scoop.it
The Italian father of four girls at the centre of an international custody dispute has expressed his concern at the way the Australian media has reported the case.
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