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Divorce Decree

Applications for Divorce for Same-sex Marriages

Same-sex marriages are now recognised in Australia as a result of the amendments to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth).  Same-sex couples applying for a divorce through the Family Law registry can use the existing form “Application for Divorce” and make hand written changes to the terms ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ until the Attorney-General’s Department amends the Application for Divorce.

For marriages granted overseas, where a marriage certificate was provided, is now also recognised in Australia.

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family violence

Family Advocacy and Support Services

Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) – Legal Aid Qld

A free service for parents affected by family violence is now available in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia. The service includes social support and duty lawyer services.

Duty Lawyers and family violence workers will be available at Court on days when there is a Duty List. Services provided will include legal advice, court support, safety planning, legal information and referrals. The Duty Lawyer may also appear in court on behalf of an unrepresented client or assist with negotiations with the other party.

The type of assistance will be determined on a case by case basis depending on the circumstances of the client, Legal Aid guidelines and availability of resources.

This is provided by the Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) – Legal Aid Qld.

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Transforming the family law system

The first review of the family law system since 1976 is currently taking place.  This is great news for families who can’t afford the high costs of legal representation in the Family Courts.

There is longstanding recognition that the current family law system is failing many families, with protracted litigation, huge financial costs and delays.  The current family law system as it stands today mostly causes more anguish and grief for families, exacerbating parental conflict rather than providing a safe environment where they can achieve a fair and timely outcome to co-parent.

A new statutory authority has been designed to offer self-represented litigants a process that offers more flexibility and an inquisitorial alternative to the litigious approach.  Families will be helped by a panel of members who are experts in family law, family dispute resolution, family violence, psychology, mental health and child development.  Families won’t be able to have a solicitor attend with him without special leave of the court.  It won’t be necessary to have a solicitor as the panel will be well equipped to assist you from a legal perspective.

It is understood that the during the trial period of this new process, families can take advantage of the panel at no cost.

If you would like to know more about the review of the family law system and how it can help you, please contact our legal drafter, Melita Lloyd.

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3 Reasons To Have Correctly Drafted Court Documents

Correctly drafted court documents can be instrumental to the quick and desirable resolution of your matter. Many of the court forms are self-explanatory, and the court’s websites provide brief instructions on filling out many forms. However, the documents you file are of critical importance. Your affidavit and the orders you are seeking from the court are the judge’s first exposure to your matter.

Reason #1: It will save you money to have The Legal Drafter draft your court documents for you. When you have well prepared court documents your case will run more efficiently and it will keep the judge happy!

 

Reason #2: Well written and accurate documents supporting your matter will give the court the best possible view of your position.

 

Too often, people without experience in legal drafting will include unnecessary or inappropriate information in their court documents instead of focusing on facts relevant to their matter.

We know what facts and information best supports your case and will ensure all the important and relevant information you provide to us is included to support your argument to the best of your ability.

 

Reason #3: A quicker resolution of your matter by having correctly drafted court documents will make any court appearance easier for you and prevent any unnecessary delays during the court process.