The importance of having specialist Family Lawyers in Perth

The outcome of a WA Supreme Court hearing has seen a family law client repaid more than $100,000 by his lawyer after he was found to have charged too much because “he did not know what he was doing”. The Court Registrar said it was clear the lawyer was out of his depth, floundered in the task of identifying and presenting relevant evidence, and that he was not an accredited family law specialist and he should not have accepted the
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US Judge sends kids to jail for refusing to have lunch with their Father

A custody battle in the US state of Michigan has led a judge to sentence three children to serve time in detention after refusing to have lunch with their father. The Daily Telegraph reports that the Oakland County Courthouse in Detroit ordered the children to spend quality time with their Father after their parents’ relationship ended. But the children refused, leading the judge to detain them until they graduated high school. Read the full Daily Telegraph article here.
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To – Hyphenate or Not to – Hyphenate

When the Family Court is asked to make a decision about a child because the parents are unable to agree, its decision-making must result in an outcome that is in the best interests of the child, after applying Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975 to the unique facts and circumstances of each individual matter. At times, parties can come up with the most original reasons as to why their proposals will be in their child’s best interests. Take
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Asset Dividing A German Marketing Stunt

All is not what it seems with the story of a disgruntled ex-partner literally dividing assets in half. The story was apparently a marketing stunt by Deutsche Anwaltauskunft, an information portal for the German Bar Association. The lawyers behind the story stated “The idea behind it was to humorously point to a problem that is not only relevant in Germany: Too few married couples take precautions for the case of a possible separation – for example with a marriage contract.
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Should you breastfeed your child after obtaining a tattoo?

A Sydney Federal Circuit Court Judge recently restrained a mother from breastfeeding her 11 month old son. The decision was made after a father raised concerns about the mother continuing to breastfeed when she had recently been tattooed. Despite the mother producing medical evidence that confirmed negative results for both Hepatitis and HIV, the order was made. On the same day the mother appealed. The appeal was listed and heard urgently (the following day) by the Full Court who overturned
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Domestic violence offenders may no longer avoid jail in WA

Last week WA’s Attorney-General Michael Mischin announced that Western Australia’s system for dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence will move closer to Victoria’s system. This change will see the closure of the state’s ‘domestic violence courts’ and will mean that perpetrators are less likely to avoid jail time. The domestic violence courts allowed offenders who pleaded guilty to opt for attendance in programs that were designed to help change their behaviour in an attempt to lower the rates of reoffending.
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The effect of legalising same-sex marriage on property rights

Carr & Co explore the implications of legalising same-sex marriage, specifically with regard to same-sex and de facto property rights. Article features: The law as it currently is Current rights for same-sex couples What are the rights of de facto couples? The difference in Western Australia The effect of legalising same-sex marriage Overseas same-sex marriages The effect of legalising same-sex marriage on property rights
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Family Law Conference – Law on the Lounge 2015

Directors William Carr and Jorja Brady presented a paper on “judicial bullying” to the Law on the Lounge Family Law Conference on Saturday, 30 May 2015 at the Conrad Hotel, Bali. The conference was attended by approximately 180 family lawyers and barristers who practice throughout Australia and judicial officers from the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Courts. William and Jorja gave examples of judges and magistrates in Courts in Australia misbehaving or exhibiting bullying behaviour. They concluded their paper
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Carr & Co’s recent Full Court success

Carr & Co was recently involved in a successful appeal to the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia which has been reported as Teo & Guan [2015] FamCAFC 94. The appeal related to the Family Court of Western Australia’s power to grant an order (known as an “anti-suit injunction”) to prevent a party from commencing or continuing Court proceedings in a foreign Court (in this case in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore). William Carr, who
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