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September 17, 2019

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General

In Their Words… Ben’s Story

It’s no secret that going through a separation can be an extremely difficult process. It often sees people turn to their family, friends, and in our case, their family lawyers,...

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September 11, 2019

By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Avoiding the Holiday from Hell

With winter having now drawn to a close and the days increasingly getting longer, it must mean that the warmer months are on the way. If you’re like me and...

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September 06, 2019

By Sarah Donnelly | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Navigating Domestic Violence Protection – Orders v Undertakings

When faced with domestic violence, many people find the process of navigating the pathways for protection incredibly daunting, as well as scary. There are two ways a person can seek...

read more

August 27, 2019

By Lynn Armstrong | Parenting | Parenting matters

What do You do if Child Safety Becomes Involved with Your Family?

It is a situation that arises quite often, usually starting by someone being concerned about something that they have heard, or seen, or been told about, and a notification is...

read more

July 01, 2019

By Neal Wood | Separation | Videos

The Importance of Seeking Early Legal Advice

BWB family law, Senior Associate Neal Wood talks to us about the practical steps you can take when contemplating separation in this video. Steps to avoid issues arising from communications,...

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June 25, 2019

By Max Sutton | Separation | Videos

How to Reach Resolution Following Separation

In this video, Family Lawyer, Max Sutton discusses how you and your ex-partner can reach a resolution following separation.

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May 21, 2019

By Kara Best | Separation | Videos

Things to Think About Before Separation

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses the things you should consider prior to separation.

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February 21, 2019

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Separation

6 Key Considerations You Need to Think About Before Separation

Now that the holiday season is over and the kids are back at school, we find ourselves back into the usual routine of everyday life. From our experience, people often...

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July 01, 2019

By Max Sutton | Divorce | Videos

Making an Application for Divorce

BWB family law, Solicitor Max Sutton discusses two key areas to meet the criteria when applying for a divorce. When considering an application for divorce there are two primary legal...

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May 22, 2019

By Kiara Greenway | Divorce

What does a Divorce Cost? Taking Control of Your Legal Fees

Separation and divorce incur a cost, both financially and emotionally there is no doubt. The emotional cost is a lot harder to quantify than the financial cost and naturally whenever...

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February 11, 2019

By Jo Maloney | Divorce | Separation

I Will! Why Reviewing Your Estate Planning is Crucial upon Separation from Your Spouse

Your Will might be the very last thing you want to think about when separating from your spouse. However, not taking the time to review your estate planning can have...

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November 05, 2018

By Alecia Connor | Divorce | Separation

How to Divide Your Assets After Divorce

Alecia Connor and Samantha Chai What’s actually involved in getting ‘divorced’ or separated? A whole lot more than meets the eye, including arrangements for children, the legal process of divorce...

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August 23, 2019

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

Til Debt Do Us Part

Rarely in the context of family law do I like to offer or give relationship advice, which for the most part is generally unhelpful. Statistically speaking, at least one in...

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July 23, 2019

By Carla Franchina | Property settlements

We’ve Reached Agreement About the Division of our Property – Why do We Need a Lawyer?

This is the scenario: you and your former partner have spent months going backwards and forwards on email, on the phone, or over coffee negotiating and deciding how you will...

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July 09, 2019

By Andrew McCormack | Property settlements

Same but Different – Why Your Property Settlement Matter is Different

Family law practitioners are often asked what a likely outcome will be during property settlement matters. This is something that you do need to know so you can plan for...

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February 14, 2019

By Neal Wood | Property settlements

High Court Delivers Decision on High Tax Debt

In December 2018, the High Court delivered a particular decision about whether the Family Law Act provides power for a Judge to order that one party could be substituted for...

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September 11, 2019

By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Avoiding the Holiday from Hell

With winter having now drawn to a close and the days increasingly getting longer, it must mean that the warmer months are on the way. If you’re like me and...

read more

August 27, 2019

By Lynn Armstrong | Parenting | Parenting matters

What do You do if Child Safety Becomes Involved with Your Family?

It is a situation that arises quite often, usually starting by someone being concerned about something that they have heard, or seen, or been told about, and a notification is...

read more

August 13, 2019

By John Patterson | Family Law | Parenting | Parenting matters

Man Down – Are Fathers Pushing it Uphill in the World of Family Law?

If you own a television or computer, you’ve probably experienced the thrill of a bloke in a t-shirt with a slogan that doesn’t make sense aggressively venting on social media...

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July 09, 2019

By Sarah Donnelly | Parenting | Parenting matters | Videos

What is Shared Parenting?

In this video, Family Lawyer Sarah Donnelly answers the question, what is shared parenting?

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November 07, 2016

By Andrew McCormack | Family Dispute Resolution | Property settlements

The Season of Goodwill

The Christmas and New Year season will soon be upon us again. Most of us will have echoed the comment “Where did the year go?” 2016 has been an eventful...

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November 04, 2016

By Andrew McCormack | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters

Do’s and Don’ts for the Holiday Season

2016 is almost a distant memory and most, if not all of us, have wondered where the year has gone. At this time of year, it can be quite busy...

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November 03, 2015

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters | Separation

What Does the “Best Interests of the Child” Really Mean?

The term, “in the best interests of the child” is used widely in family law. But what does it mean in the context of shared parenting? In considering such matters,...

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September 10, 2014

By Kara Best | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters | Separation

Do the Children’s Wishes Count in Family Law?

Recent coverage surrounding family law cases has raised the question for some parents as to whether their child’s wishes are something that would be considered in a family law proceeding....

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May 07, 2019

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Mediation

Judicial Mediation – A New Development

A number of new developments in the Family Court system were introduced as of 1 January 2019 and in this article, we take the opportunity to consider Practice Direction 1...

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July 29, 2014

By Kara Best | Family Dispute Resolution | Mediation | Separation

What you need to appreciate about the Court Process

Often when tensions are high, a frustrated former spouse might threaten the Court process “see you in Court” “I’m taking you to Court” “Let the Judge decide” and variations on...

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January 14, 2011

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Collaborative law | Family Dispute Resolution | Mediation

What are Pre-Action Procedures?

It goes without saying, but often its the case that you’re going to save yourself a whole lot of money, stress and pain if you and your partner or ex-partner.......

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June 06, 2019

By Sarah Donnelly | Binding Financial Agreements | Videos

What You Need to Know About Binding Financial Agreements

In this video, Family Lawyer Sarah Donnelly discusses what you need to know about Binding Financial Agreement (Prenups).

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April 23, 2018

By Kiara Greenway | Binding Financial Agreements

Prince Harry says ‘Nup’ to a Pre-Nup

You can almost hear the wedding bells as the Royals gear up for another exquisite and extravagant Royal wedding. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle due to tie the knot...

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July 10, 2019

By Neal Wood | Relocation | Videos

What You Need to Know about Parenting and Relocation

In this video, Family Lawyer and Senior Associate, Neal Wood discusses all the things you need to consider about relocation.

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November 17, 2016

By Kiara Greenway | Parenting matters | Relocation

Relocating With Children part 1

Relocating with children Part 1: 50-200 kilometres Kiara Greenway, Paralegal and Law Clerk A variety of different circumstances, such as employment opportunities or other significant changes, can result in a...

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May 02, 2016

By Kara Best | Parenting matters | Relocation | Separation

Cultural Complexities

In recent weeks, Australia has been captivated by the tragic story of Sally Faulkner and her Beirut based children, aged 5 and 3.  Irrespective of your feelings in relation to...

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March 20, 2014

By Kara Best | Parenting matters | Relocation | Separation

The Dilemma of Relocation

A relocation dispute in the context of parental separation, is often one of the most painful areas of litigation. Almost consistently both parents are committed, and loving parents, whom simply...

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December 18, 2018

By Alecia Connor | Surrogacy

Fast Facts About … Surrogacy

Surrogacy is one of the most heart-warming parts of practising in family law, however it is also an area that can be fairly unfamiliar and a little bit daunting to...

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October 20, 2017

By Alecia Connor | Surrogacy

Just one bad egg? When Surrogacy Goes Wrong.

Altruistic surrogacy is often one of the most beautiful parts of our area of law. I understand however many of you may hold a very different view, after reading articles...

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February 15, 2013

By Kara Best | Parenting matters | Surrogacy

Surrogacy Laws

More recent publicity surrounding a number of celebrity surrogacy arrangements has highlighted the role of Surrogacy in allowing infertile couples the opportunity to share in the joys of parenting. Surrogacy...

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July 27, 2011

By Kara Best | Parenting matters | Surrogacy

Surrogacy

More recent publicity surrounding a number of celebrity surrogacy arrangements has highlighted the role of Surrogacy in allowing infertile couples the opportunity to share in the joys of parenting. Surrogacy is effectively the act of a woman carrying a child to term with a view to surrendering care of that child to another party following his or her birth.

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September 28, 2018

By Max Sutton | De Facto Law | General

What is the Difference Between a De facto Relationship and a Marriage?

Relationships in contemporary Australian society are marked by changes to our social dynamics, such as the ever increasing population and growth of our multicultural and inclusive society. Yet there are...

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August 17, 2017

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | De Facto Law | Divorce

My True Love Gave to Me… a Diamond Ring

When we look at the old colloquialism that the engagement ring should be worth about three months salary, you can’t help but wonder what happens to the ring if the...

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February 06, 2017

By Andrew McCormack | De Facto Law

What is a De Facto Relationship?

What is a de facto relationship? It’s complicated. Andrew McCormack “When does a de facto relationship start?”, is a question I often get asked. The reason that it is a...

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September 22, 2016

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | De Facto Law

Being the Odd One Out: Time for Marriage Equality in Australia

Imagine for a minute you’re a 13 year old boy. You’ve begun to experience significant changes in your physical appearance. You have hormones surging through your body – creating feelings...

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April 15, 2014

By Andrew McCormack | Child Support | Parenting matters | Spousal Maintenance

Supporting an Adult

The government-based Child support scheme ceases to operate after a child turns 18. One notable exception to this is when a child turns 18, and they are still attending secondary...

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September 14, 2017

By Andrew McCormack | Child Support | Family Law

Child Support Enforcement: Departure Prohibition Orders

Picture this, you’re in the departure lounge of your favourite international airline waiting to travel on an overseas holiday. You hear the familiar sound of a boarding call over the...

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February 06, 2017

By Neal Wood | Child Support

How is Child Support Determined?

How is child support determined? 5 minutes on child support. Neal Wood Financial support for children after separation is one of those divisive issues that tend to bring out either...

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November 01, 2016

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Child Support | Parenting matters

Child Support – Some Alternatives

In Australia, child support is generally determined by an administrative assessment. These are undertaken by the child support branch of the Department of Human Services (commonly referred to as the...

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July 07, 2015

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Child Support | Parenting matters | Separation

Child Support & Lump Sum Payments

Amendments to the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act in 2008, changed the landscape on lump sum payments. Originally under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth), eligible parties could...

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November 27, 2013

By Kara Best | Collaborative law | Separation

Collaborative Law in South East Queensland

Collaborative Practice in South East Queensland continues to build momentum, no doubt partly due to the growing need for a less litigious, angry and disrespectful means of achieving property settlement....

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January 14, 2011

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Collaborative law | Family Dispute Resolution | Mediation

What are Pre-Action Procedures?

It goes without saying, but often its the case that you’re going to save yourself a whole lot of money, stress and pain if you and your partner or ex-partner.......

read more

September 06, 2019

By Sarah Donnelly | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Navigating Domestic Violence Protection – Orders v Undertakings

When faced with domestic violence, many people find the process of navigating the pathways for protection incredibly daunting, as well as scary. There are two ways a person can seek...

read more

March 28, 2019

By Kiara Greenway | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

The Dirty Truth behind Dirty John

In a world where online streaming services are slowly replacing television, it’s no surprise that platforms such as Netflix and Stan are being used to communicate important and sometimes frightening...

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September 26, 2018

By Kiara Greenway | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

How to Seek Help When you are a Victim of Domestic Violence

Despite an increasing dialogue in Australia about domestic and family violence a number of victims often do not have the strength to speak up about what is going on behind...

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August 13, 2018

By Kiara Greenway | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Parenting

My Health Mayhem

The controversy over the new My Health Record has been splashing headlines in recent weeks. Whilst there are a number of concerns coming to light for various reasons, there is...

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March 01, 2017

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Adoption | Family Law

Adopting in Queensland

Katherine Marshall, Senior Solicitor If you are considering adoption, we have good news! The Queensland Government has recently amended the Queensland adoption laws to broaden the category for those able...

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November 01, 2017

By Amity Anderson | Podcasts | Separation

Why Amity Anderson Does Family Law

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley, Director, Dan Buckley interviews Amity Anderson, Legal Partner at Best Wilson Buckley, Ipswich office.

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June 20, 2017

By Alecia Connor | Podcasts

Why Alecia Connor Does Family Law

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Director, Dan Buckley talks with Associate, Alecia Connor on what brought her to the practice of family law.

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April 24, 2017

By Lynn Armstrong | Podcasts

Why Lynn Armstrong Does Family Law

In this podcast, BWB Legal Partner, Dan Buckley talks with BWB Senior Associate, Lynn Armstrong on why she practices family law.

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October 21, 2016

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

A quick chat with Dan Buckley

Dan Toombs (DT): Hi I’m Dan Toombs. Today I’m chatting to Dan Buckley, Partner of Brisbane Family Law firm, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law – to find out a little...

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August 06, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

How to Choose the Best Family Lawyer for You

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses how to choose the best family lawyer for your situation.

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August 02, 2019

By Jo Maloney | Family Law | Videos | Wills and Estate Planning

The Importance of Estate Planning in Family Law Matters

In this video, Estate Planning Lawyer, Jo Maloney discusses the importance of estate planning in family law matters.

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July 15, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

Seeking a Second Opinion

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses why you should seek a second opinion.

read more

July 10, 2019

By Neal Wood | Relocation | Videos

What You Need to Know about Parenting and Relocation

In this video, Family Lawyer and Senior Associate, Neal Wood discusses all the things you need to consider about relocation.

read more

September 17, 2019

By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General

In Their Words… Ben’s Story

It’s no secret that going through a separation can be an extremely difficult process. It often sees people turn to their family, friends, and in our case, their family lawyers,...

read more

August 06, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

How to Choose the Best Family Lawyer for You

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses how to choose the best family lawyer for your situation.

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July 15, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

Seeking a Second Opinion

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses why you should seek a second opinion.

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June 18, 2019

By Neal Wood | About Us | General

Reflections

From time to time I find myself reflecting on my work as a family lawyer. What am I doing well? What do I need to focus on improving? How do...

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