Changes to Professional Staff

Carr & Co welcomes Jessica Rasmussen back to the firm as a solicitor. Jessica previously completed her graduate training with the firm before undertaking work as an Associate to a Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia and in a rural practice. Carr & Co also congratulates Natalie Barry on her graduation from her law degree at UWA and accepting a position as a graduate law clerk.
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De Facto Threshold Test

De facto threshold test – Are you living in a de-facto relationship that is “marriage-like” Truman and Clifton [2010] FCWA 91 The Family Court of Western Australia has jurisdiction to make property orders between parties if they are satisfied that the parties have lived in a de facto relationship that is “marriage-like”. It is a common misconception that living with someone means you are in a de facto relationship. Chief Judge Thackray’s decision in the case of Truman and Clifton [2010]
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CASE SUMMARY – Kerrigan & Raiffe (No 2) [2013] FCCA 2240

What happens if you don’t obey a Court order? In the case of Kerrigan & Raiffe (No 2) [2013] FCCA 2240, Justice Cassidy considered the law regarding contempt of Court under section 112AP of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). Introduction In this case, a father of a then 10 year old child was charged with two counts of contempt of Court under the Family Law Act, both charges resulting from his failure to return the child to Australia from
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Carr & Co. – Successful appeal to the High Court of Australia

Stanford v Stanford [2012] HCA 52 Carr & Co have recently been involved in a successful appeal to the High Court of Australia reported as Stanford v Stanford [2012] HCA 52. The decision of the Court was unanimous. The appeal involved property settlement proceedings of parties aged 87 and 89 where the parties’ marriage had not broken down, but they were separated in a physical sense, through old age and the wife’s ill health. Proceedings in the Family Court of
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