Recovery Orders and Issues with medicating children

The client has an autistic child who was medicated by his prescribing paediatrician. The father of the child was refusing to allow the mother to give the child the prescribed mediation and then refused to return the child to the mother telling her she was unsafe and was “drugging” the child. He wanted to use … Read more

Estranged adult son’s claim for provision from father’s $4million Estate settled for nominal amount thanks to persuasive presentation of applicable laws at Mediation.

The client was the Executor of her father’s Estate (“the Client“). Under the terms of her father’s Will, she was appointed as the Trustee of a testamentary trust that conferred upon her a discretionary power to control and distribute an Estate valued at approximately $3.5 – $4 million. Of particular value was a number of … Read more

Father defends estranged Daughter’s challenge to Grandmother’s Will on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and claim for Family Provision Order.

The client was the Executor of his mother’s Estate (“the Client“). He sought a grant of probate in relation to what he considered to be her last valid will (“the Will“). At the time that the Will was made, the Client’s mother (“the Deceased“) intended that her Estate would go to the Client and his … Read more

Failure to update Will leads to Family Provision and Superannuation Death Benefit Claims. Court satisfied that de facto partner of 7 months entitled to bulk of Super ($200,000) and equal share of other Estate Assets.

The client was the de facto partner of the Deceased (“the Client“). She sought a Family Provision Order on the basis that she had not been provided for in any way in the will of the Deceased. The Deceased died unexpectedly as a result of an accident, and left a Will in which he appointed … Read more

Can I make my husband/wife leave the family home now that we’re separated?

This is a very common question asked by parties following a separation.  It can be incredibly unpleasant to have to continue to live with an ex-partner until financial settlement is achieved.  Unfortunately, it is also incredibly difficult to force an ex-partner to leave the family home. The court is of the opinion that it is … Read more

Are Secret Recordings Admissible as Evidence?

A Case Looking at Secret Recordings Made in Parenting Matters Coulter & Coulter (No. 2) [2019] FCCA There are numerous circumstances in which parents may be tempted to record meetings or my find they are in possession of recordings.  Whether or not these recordings will be able to be used as evidence in court proceedings … Read more

Gender Dysphoria – Is Court Approval Required for Medical Treatment of Minors?

A Recent Case Looking at Secret Recordings Made in Parenting Matters Coulter & Coulter (No. 2) [2019] FCCA What is Gender Dysphoria? The Gender Dysphoria symptoms are as follows: Noticeable incongruence between the gender the child experiences and their classified gender assignment; An intense need to do away with their primary or secondary sex features … Read more

Separating? The best way to protect yourself, your children and your money.

Whether you have been planning a separation for some time, or you have been taken completely by surprise, separation can involve harsh realities and unwelcome changes for all involved. In the early stages you may feel isolated, grief-stricken and unable to make plans, however, it is essential to get organised and take control to protect … Read more