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By Kara Best | Divorce | Separation

Divorce Story Podcast – Key Takeaways as Recommended by a Family Lawyer

We wanted to share a fantastic recently released podcast, Divorce Story, which offers some great insights on how to best to navigate a civil relationship with your former partner. Here...

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By Georgia Dight | COVID-19 | Separation

Thinking about Separation? Steps You can still Take During COVID

This past month has been a rocky road, and especially so if things between you and your partner were deteriorating BC (before COVID). Or perhaps the strain of everyday life...

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By Kara Best | Family Law | General

Seeking a Second Opinion in your Family Law Matter

For many, the recent lockdown has afforded an opportunity to slow down, and potentially the chance to think more clearly and certainly more deeply about what might be going on...

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By Georgia Dight | Property settlements

Pros and Cons of Delaying Your Property Settlement in the Current Environment

In these financially uncertain times, it is important to consider how coronavirus may possibly impact your current or future property settlement. If you are negotiating your property matter, there are...

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By Lynn Armstrong | COVID-19 | Parenting matters

Negotiating Changes to Parenting Arrangements in a Changing World

There can be no dispute that the ever changing world that we now find ourselves in has had the result of straining co-parenting relationships, particularly where the situation may have...

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By Alecia Featherstone | COVID-19 | Property settlements

Should I Continue with My Property Settlement During Coronavirus/COVID-19?

In such a time of uncertainty it can be difficult to know whether continuing with your property settlement is the best way forward, or whether you are better placed to...

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By Georgia Dight | General

Managing Social Media During Separation

With social media being an ever present factor in most people’s lives today, it is important to consider how you should manage your social media activity, and the impact it...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | COVID-19 | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Family Violence in Times of COVID-19

A friend asked me on the weekend why there was so much concern about family violence at the current time. In an effort to explain the impact of the current...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Parenting | Parenting matters

The Court’s Response to Resolving Parenting Disputes in the COVID-19 Climate

So, after a few weeks of navigating the family law system in this unprecedented health crisis, some much needed guidance on how COVID-19 is going to impact parenting arrangements has...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Time for Some Creative Solutions

We have written a lot recently about the exceptionally challenging landscape affecting existing parenting arrangements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the deluge of government updates, health alerts, constant news...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General | Parenting | Parenting matters

Alert re Queensland Borders and Implications for Your Parenting Arrangement Ahead of School Holidays or Closures

UPDATE AS OF 26 MARCH 2020: The Queensland Government website enabling the public to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass is now available here. It is designed for non-residents who have...

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By Kara Best | Family Law | Property settlements

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Property Settlement

So, in early March 2020 you were in the midst of negotiating a property settlement. Letters were being sent back and forth between your respective lawyers, bank statements and other...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

Let’s Welcome Evolution – Working in the Cone

The sad reality for many of my colleagues is that they have a very limited capacity to work remotely and it will take some time to catch up and be...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

The Power of pragmatism in difficult times

As a family law practitioner, you can work in this area for eighteen plus years, attain Accreditation in the practice of family law, resolve hundreds of property settlement disputes, take...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Keep Calm and Communicate

Your inbox and social media accounts are probably overflowing with updates and advices about the social, health and economic consequences known and anticipated from the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Parenting Changeover and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the growing uncertainty, and certainly in some cases a number of schools either closing early for the school holidays or foreshadowing closures in the future, it may be necessary...

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By Kara Best | Divorce | Separation

Divorce Story Podcast – Key Takeaways as Recommended by a Family Lawyer

We wanted to share a fantastic recently released podcast, Divorce Story, which offers some great insights on how to best to navigate a civil relationship with your former partner. Here...

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By Georgia Dight | COVID-19 | Separation

Thinking about Separation? Steps You can still Take During COVID

This past month has been a rocky road, and especially so if things between you and your partner were deteriorating BC (before COVID). Or perhaps the strain of everyday life...

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By Cassie Boland | Separation

Christmas – Is it Really Only One Day of the Year?

Christmas is a time for giving, but ask many separated parents and the worst thing you can do is ask them to share their time with the kids, especially on...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce | Separation

Why Separation & Divorce Need Not Ruin Your Christmas & New Year

Some years it is hard to get into the swing of things at Christmas time, impacted only further if you have recently separated or divorced. The options are to embrace...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce | Separation

Dating After Divorce

Most of us will remember with a little embarrassment, shock and possibly horror, our teenage self after a breakup. It was the absolute worst thing in the whole wide world...

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By Max Sutton | Separation

Negotiating a Resolution: What, When, Why & How?

After separating, you may be unsure as to what happens next, particularly if there are children involved and/or there is property, such as a house, cars, credit cards, and even...

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By Neal Wood | Separation | Videos

The Importance of Seeking Early Legal Advice

Best Wilson Buckley 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...

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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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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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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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By Jo Maloney | Divorce | Separation | Wills and Estate Planning

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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By Carla Franchina | Separation

Practical Financial Matters to Consider on Separation

It goes without saying that the breakdown of a relationship is a significant event. You may need to think about how you are going to move forward financially, or what...

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By Alecia Featherstone | Divorce | Separation

How to Divide Your Assets After Divorce

Alecia Featherstone 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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By Max Sutton | Divorce | Separation

What is the process of Divorce in Australia?

Separation and the breakdown of a marriage can be an extremely emotional and difficult time for you, your spouse, any children, and extended family and friends. A formal divorce is...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Separation

The Five Stages of Grieving a Separation

While relationship breakdown affects everyone differently, there is absolutely no doubt that it is an incredibly difficult time. In fact, it is often said that the end of a relationship...

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By Kara Best | Divorce | Separation

Divorce Story Podcast – Key Takeaways as Recommended by a Family Lawyer

We wanted to share a fantastic recently released podcast, Divorce Story, which offers some great insights on how to best to navigate a civil relationship with your former partner. Here...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce

The Blame Game

The breakdown of a marriage is often a painful, difficult, and emotional time, regardless of the specific circumstances that surround the separation. It’s not surprising then, that these heightened emotions...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce | Separation

Why Separation & Divorce Need Not Ruin Your Christmas & New Year

Some years it is hard to get into the swing of things at Christmas time, impacted only further if you have recently separated or divorced. The options are to embrace...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce | Separation

Dating After Divorce

Most of us will remember with a little embarrassment, shock and possibly horror, our teenage self after a breakup. It was the absolute worst thing in the whole wide world...

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By Alecia Featherstone | Divorce

Divorce Later in Life

There is a dramatic shift from “the way things used to be” in all areas of Australian life. It’s not up to us to say whether those changes are for...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce

Fast Facts About… Divorce

“Just a divorce” – it’s a statement we regularly hear from people when they contact our office seeking family law advice. However, more often than not, what people really want...

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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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By Jo Maloney | Divorce | Separation | Wills and Estate Planning

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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By Alecia Featherstone | Divorce | Separation

How to Divide Your Assets After Divorce

Alecia Featherstone 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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Divorce

Where are they Now? How do I find a Former Spouse to Serve a Divorce Application?

“Am I ever gonna’ see your face again?” – The Angels A response of no to this question has times where it can be a blessing and times where it...

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By Max Sutton | Divorce | Separation

What is the process of Divorce in Australia?

Separation and the breakdown of a marriage can be an extremely emotional and difficult time for you, your spouse, any children, and extended family and friends. A formal divorce is...

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By Neal Wood | Divorce | Family Law | Separation

This Doesn’t Concern You: Privacy in Family Court Proceedings

Depending on your circumstances, going through a separation or divorce can be a very confronting and isolating time. Naturally, in those dark and difficult times, we turn to our good...

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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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By Alecia Featherstone | Divorce | Separation

How do I Apply for a Divorce?

When applying for a divorce you are simply applying for your marriage to legally end.  The divorce application process itself does not deal with making arrangements for the care of...

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By Georgia Dight | Property settlements

Pros and Cons of Delaying Your Property Settlement in the Current Environment

In these financially uncertain times, it is important to consider how coronavirus may possibly impact your current or future property settlement. If you are negotiating your property matter, there are...

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By Alecia Featherstone | COVID-19 | Property settlements

Should I Continue with My Property Settlement During Coronavirus/COVID-19?

In such a time of uncertainty it can be difficult to know whether continuing with your property settlement is the best way forward, or whether you are better placed to...

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By Kara Best | Family Law | Property settlements

The Impact of COVID-19 on your Property Settlement

So, in early March 2020 you were in the midst of negotiating a property settlement. Letters were being sent back and forth between your respective lawyers, bank statements and other...

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By Jo Maloney | Property settlements | Wills and Estate Planning

‘Til Death Do Us Part

The process of legally separating from a spouse can be extremely emotional and draining. Navigating property matters and parenting arrangements within the family law context can involve a very steep,...

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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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By Carla Franchina | Property settlements

We’ve Reached Agreement About Division of Property – Why do We Need 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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | 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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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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By John Patterson | Property settlements

Swift and Amicable Property Settlement? It Can Be Done!

Most of us have had the ever-enjoyable experience of being at a barbeque and listening to our neighbour’s step-father’s monologue about his dealings with his horrific ex-wife during their divorce....

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By Kiara Greenway | Property settlements

The Amazon of ‘Pre-Nups’ and ‘Post-Nups’

Going through a property settlement can sometimes feel like a long, enduring struggle through the Amazon jungle. There are obstacles, moments that will test you, and moments that will encourage...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Property settlements

To Settle or Not to Settle?

When we meet with new clients, often their first question is whether they should be bothering to seek family law advice as a result of a common misconception that property...

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By Neal Wood | Property settlements

War on Waste: What Happens if the Money We had has Been Wasted Since We Separated?

Almost everyone these days seems to have their particular vice or guilty pleasure. For me, it is my daily triple shot, skinny flat white every morning at about 9 o’clock...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General | Property settlements

Am I in a De Facto Relationship?

In this day and age it’s often misconceived what being in a de facto relationship actually means. Put simply, in the eyes of the Australian law, a de facto relationship...

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By Lynn Armstrong | COVID-19 | Parenting matters

Negotiating Changes to Parenting Arrangements in a Changing World

There can be no dispute that the ever changing world that we now find ourselves in has had the result of straining co-parenting relationships, particularly where the situation may have...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Parenting | Parenting matters

The Court’s Response to Resolving Parenting Disputes in the COVID-19 Climate

So, after a few weeks of navigating the family law system in this unprecedented health crisis, some much needed guidance on how COVID-19 is going to impact parenting arrangements has...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Time for Some Creative Solutions

We have written a lot recently about the exceptionally challenging landscape affecting existing parenting arrangements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the deluge of government updates, health alerts, constant news...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General | Parenting | Parenting matters

Alert re Queensland Borders and Implications for Your Parenting Arrangement Ahead of School Holidays or Closures

UPDATE AS OF 26 MARCH 2020: The Queensland Government website enabling the public to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass is now available here. It is designed for non-residents who have...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Keep Calm and Communicate

Your inbox and social media accounts are probably overflowing with updates and advices about the social, health and economic consequences known and anticipated from the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Parenting Changeover and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the growing uncertainty, and certainly in some cases a number of schools either closing early for the school holidays or foreshadowing closures in the future, it may be necessary...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

Co-parenting in the Shadow of Covid-19

There is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion at the present time around COVID-19. In all reality, and particularly if no longer attending school and out of their usual...

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By Kara Best | Parenting | Parenting matters

Social Isolation in our Shared Households

Many children live in two households consequent upon the separation of their parents. Whilst it goes without saying, social isolation or social distancing is arguably a redundant exercise in the...

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By Neal Wood | Parenting | Parenting matters

How Long Since You Checked Your Orders?

As I sit here, it’s early October and it already feels like the majority of the year has flown by. Last Christmas seems like an absolute world away. The Easter...

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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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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...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | 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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | 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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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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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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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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters | Property settlements

Back to Basics – A Quick FAQ.

Family law proceedings can be complex, with answers sometimes difficult to come by. Compounding this problem is the fact that everyone has an opinion as to how family law “works”...

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

Culture and Religion in Picking a High School

Picking a High School can be a difficult decision for most parents, but post-separation this process can be particularly difficult. Regardless of a separation, parents will need to consider factors...

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By Kara Best | Child Support | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters

Federal Government Calls For Inquiry Into Child Support System

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs made the announcement that it has commenced an inquiry into the Child Support Program.  The Inquiry...

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

So Who is The Independent Children’s Lawyer & What Do They Do?

Independent Children’s Lawyers, or the ICL, as they’re routinely referred to are appointed in Family Law proceeding to represent the interests of a child or children. Their role is somewhat...

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By Kara Best | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Dispute Resolution | Separation

The Real Cost of Revenge

“Warring couples bent on revenge are resorting to increasingly “ludicrous” stunts”, or so writes Ainsley Pavey in her recent article for News Limited. There is often much amusement drawn by...

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By Kara Best | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Dispute Resolution | Separation

OMG: Dangers of Facebook and Family Law

There is a growing incidence of the use of `Facebook evidence’ in family law court proceedings. Extracts from Facebook, printed by a `friend’ and provided to the other parent are.......

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

Have you tried Reconciliation?

It goes without saying that separation is a significant event, with emotional, physical and financial repercussions. Accurate and timely information, emotional support and surrounding yourself with positive assistance is both...

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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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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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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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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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Binding Financial Agreements | Videos

What You Need to Know About BFA (Prenups)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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By Alecia Featherstone | 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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By Alecia Featherstone | 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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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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By Max Sutton | De Facto Law | General

What is the Difference Between De facto Relationship & 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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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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | De Facto Law

What is a De Facto Relationship?

“When does a de facto relationship start?”, is a question I often get asked. The reason that it is a common question is that there are different definitions for different...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | De Facto Law

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

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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By Kara Best | De Facto Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Parenting matters

Rights of the Donor Parent

Where a child is born to a de facto or married couple by way of artificial conception reliant upon a third party donor, the question of parentage becomes inherently more...

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By Kara Best | De Facto Law

Registering Your Relationship

By Kara Best Registering Your Relationship A registered relationship is a legally recognised relationship between 2 adult individuals in Queensland. A registered relationship is normally considered when marriage is undesirable...

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By Kara Best | De Facto Law | Parenting matters | Property settlements

Parliament Gives Certainty to De Facto Orders

Legislation has now been passed to validate orders made by the Family Law Courts in matters between de facto couples that resulted from a

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By Amity Anderson | Spousal Maintenance

The Reality of Spousal Maintenance

Estranged wife claims $20,000 a month and $6,500 for groceries! New York art dealer ordered to pay spouse $100 million for 13 years! LA Dodgers’ owner’s wife claims $1 million...

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

A New Beginning or Change for Change’s Sake

The joint parliamentary inquiry into family law and child support was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 17 September 2019. The Prime Minister announced that the inquiry would be...

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By Alecia Featherstone | Child Support

Sorting Out the School Fees

It may not be the first thing you think about after separation, however, the issue of who pays the school fees can be very contentious, particularly if your children attend...

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By Amity Anderson | Child Support

Options for Child Support Arrangements

Child support is more often than not an issue at the centre of hot debate and media attention and is one of the more controversial areas of family law. In...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | 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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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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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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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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By Kara Best | Child Support | Family Dispute Resolution | Parenting matters

Federal Government Calls For Inquiry Into Child Support System

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs made the announcement that it has commenced an inquiry into the Child Support Program.  The Inquiry...

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

Parenting Orders Explained

In family law matters where there are children involved, invariably there are many questions that parents have relating to parenting orders. In this special podcast interview, Reagan Wilson discusses with...

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

Childbirth Maintenance

By Stephanie Wilkinson A recent Federal Circuit Court of Australia decision has highlighted an area of the Family Law Act that few outside the family law fraternity know about, the...

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

The Consequences of Failing to Pay Child Support

Child support is the means by which money changes hands relative to the financial needs of a child. In some instances it is determined by agreement between separated parents, more...

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

Consider the Children

As lawyers, it’s in our nature to focus upon the more legalistic aspects of what we do, but at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law we are making a conscious effort...

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

‘Is the child really mine?’

On occasion there may be some doubts held in relation to the paternity of a child. From the outset it is imperative to acknowledge that any confusion in relation to paternity should not be[...]

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By Kara Best | Child Support | Parenting matters

The Verdict on Shared Care

In recent weeks, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a number of significant research findings related to the effectiveness of the `shared parenting’ reforms.

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By Kara Best | Child Support | Parenting matters | Separation

What About the Children?

Separation can be an incredibly difficult time for everyone concerned, particularly children. Not only do you need to ensure that you’re managing your own emotional wellbeing, often your experience is...

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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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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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | COVID-19 | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Family Violence in Times of COVID-19

A friend asked me on the weekend why there was so much concern about family violence at the current time. In an effort to explain the impact of the current...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

If you have found yourself in the position of needing protection from domestic violence or, alternatively, facing the prospect of being subject to a protection order, you may need to...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | 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...

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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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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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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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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Law

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – What is it and Why Should We Have it?

We are now living in a time where it has become acceptable and encouraged to speak out about domestic and family violence, a type of abuse that in most circumstances...

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By Kiara Greenway | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Common Questions, Queries & Concerns about Domestic Violence

Domestic violence… It’s a sensitive topic that isn’t easy to talk about. As a result, many are often left wondering about a number of different issues that can arise in...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Compliance with Domestic Violence Protection Orders

The purpose of a Protection Order, often referred to as Domestic Violence Order (or a DVO), is to prevent domestic or family violence from occurring in the future. As the...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Law

National DVO Scheme to Commence on White Ribbon Day

All domestic violence orders (AVOs/DVOs/Intervention/Restraining Orders) issued from 25 November 2017 will be nationally recognised. This includes temporary/interim and final orders. Police and courts will be to enforce a domestic...

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By Lynn Armstrong | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

Changes to Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act in QLD

On 30 May 2017 a number of amendments were made to the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012. While the legislation has had many amendments in the last...

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By Carla Franchina | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Family Law

How do I get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

We are all too frequently reading reports of domestic violence in the media. As this issue remains in the spotlight, domestic violence Protection Order applications are on the rise, as are the incidents reported to police for breaches of Domestic Violence Orders.

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By Kiara Greenway | Domestic and Family Violence Issues

A Life Sentence

Kiara Greenway A life sentence for Lionel Patea means 20 years behind bars. But for Tara Brown and her extensive network of loving family and friends, a life sentence means...

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By Neal Wood | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Parenting matters | Property settlements

Don’t Press Send

Don’t press send- Five tips before you see your family lawyer We have regularly written about the importance of getting independent, specialised family law advice about your individual circumstances at...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Parenting matters | Separation

Tips for Teachers

Teaching kids is a tough gig. On any given day, actually getting kids to learn something must feel secondary as teachers are called upon to be referee, caregiver, nurse, expert...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Domestic and Family Violence Issues | Parenting matters

Special Screening Invitation for “Call Me Dad”

Call Me Dad is a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability...

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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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By Amity Anderson | Podcasts | Separation

Why Amity Anderson Does Family Law

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

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By Alecia Featherstone | Podcasts

Why Alecia Featherstone Does Family Law

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

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By Lynn Armstrong | Podcasts

Why Lynn Armstrong Does Family Law

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

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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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By Carla Franchina | Podcasts

Why Carla Franchina Does Family Law

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law Legal Partner, Dan Buckley talks with Best Wilson Buckley Family Law Senior Solicitor, Carla Franchina on why she practices family law.

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By John Patterson | Podcasts

Why John Patterson Does Family Law

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law Legal Partner, Dan Buckley talks with Best Wilson Buckley Family Law Solicitor, John Patterson on his road to practicing family law.

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

How to Prepare for Your Day in Court

It’s typically the case that only a small number of family law matters ultimately end up in Court. However, when such matters do, there can often be a significant degree...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

Things to Consider Prior to Separation

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, Director, Reagan Wilson discusses key things that should be considered prior to separation.

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

Re-imagining Family Law

In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, Director, Dan Buckley reflects on his experience as a leading family lawyer, in particular his observations of why sometimes family law process...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

How to Choose the Right Family Lawyer

Invariably it’s the case, that when it comes to finding the right family lawyer for your circumstance, people can make the mistake of acting impulsively and later regret it. In...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

How Private Mediation Can Help

This series of three podcasts looks at private mediations as a tool to assist you and your former spouse to reach agreement with respect to both the division of your...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

How You Should Approach a Mediation

This is the second podcast of the three podcast series in relation to mediation. In this podcast, BWB’s Dan Buckley continues the conversation with Nationally Accredited Mediator and a registered...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

How Should You Prepare Emotionally for Mediation

This is the third podcast of the three podcast series in relation to mediation. In this podcast, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law Dan Buckley continues the conversation with Nationally Accredited Mediator...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

Property Settlement and Your Business (Part 3)

Welcome to the third podcast of our series of 3 podcasts which look at some of the financial and taxation issues that are faced by business owners who separate. The...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

Property Settlement and Your Business (Part 2)

Welcome to second podcast of our series of podcasts which seek to provide some direction for those people whose relationships have broken down and who either own or operate a...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | Podcasts

Property Settlement and Your Business (Part 1)

It is increasingly the case that as family lawyers, we are being required upon to settle property disputes for spouses who have an interest in a business or a number...

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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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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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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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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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By Kara Best | Family Law | General

Seeking a Second Opinion in your Family Law Matter

For many, the recent lockdown has afforded an opportunity to slow down, and potentially the chance to think more clearly and certainly more deeply about what might be going on...

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By Georgia Dight | General

Managing Social Media During Separation

With social media being an ever present factor in most people’s lives today, it is important to consider how you should manage your social media activity, and the impact it...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | General | Parenting | Parenting matters

Alert re Queensland Borders and Implications for Your Parenting Arrangement Ahead of School Holidays or Closures

UPDATE AS OF 26 MARCH 2020: The Queensland Government website enabling the public to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass is now available here. It is designed for non-residents who have...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

Let’s Welcome Evolution – Working in the Cone

The sad reality for many of my colleagues is that they have a very limited capacity to work remotely and it will take some time to catch up and be...

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By Kara Best | COVID-19 | Family Law | General

The Power of pragmatism in difficult times

As a family law practitioner, you can work in this area for eighteen plus years, attain Accreditation in the practice of family law, resolve hundreds of property settlement disputes, take...

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By Best Wilson Buckley Family Law | About Us | General

Best Wilson Buckley’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last updated on 18 May 2020 at 12:05pm As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and other business partners is our...

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By Lynn Armstrong | Family Law | General

The Sum of All the Parts

Most people think of the law as being black and white, right or wrong. This may be of true of some practice areas, but it couldn’t be further from the...

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By Neal Wood | About Us | General

Why I Do What I Do

I’ve been practising exclusively in family and relationship law for nearly 12 years now and, in that time, I have helped what must now be thousands of clients. What stands...

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By Max Sutton | General

New Year, New You!

As the New Year gets underway and we all enter it a little bleary eyed after the festive season, it might be time to tackle those issues that were left...

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By Kara Best | General

The Power of the Narrative

Some would suggest that the last person you expect to talk to you about the creative or the narrative is your lawyer. The law, by its nature, is so black...

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By Neal Wood | General

The Monopoly of Family Law

Over the last winter school holidays, I found myself entertaining my young children inside by introducing them to the old-school game of Monopoly. Now I’m not talking about one of...

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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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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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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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