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Vanessa Mathews and Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists Recognised

Vanessa Mathews and Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists Recognised

Vanessa Mathews and Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists have been recognised as a 'LEADING VICTORIAN FAMILY LAWYER' and a 'LEADING VICTORIAN FAMILY LAW FIRM' by Doyle's Guide to the...
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That Contagious Disease Called ‘Divorce’

The rate of Divorce in Australia is high, with approximately 2.2 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population. The decision to separate and/or divorce is very difficult. I find it difficult...
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Bitcoins and Divorce Property Settlements

Bitcoins and Divorce Property Settlements

I recently had my first encounter with 'Bitcoins', a new and modern form of currency which, like savings, are included in the matrimonial asset pool. 'Bitcoin' is a form of...
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‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ – MFL and Accountants Working Together

The team at MFL has been busy presenting seminars to CPA and IPA accountant discussion groups. We've appreciated the opportunity to speak with other professionals providing expert advice to clients...
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The Task of the Single Expert Witness: A Recent Decision of the Family Court

To follow is a summary of the 'pathway' to be taken by the single expert witness in parenting proceedings. It provides a useful reminder of the Family Court's expectations of...
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‘Special Contributions’ and Divorce

Your client who is going through a matrimonial/de facto property settlement may say to you that their particular contribution to the accumulation of the asset pool was ‘special’, by which...
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Three in the bed: You, your de facto, and the Family Court

When the Australian states referred their powers to legislate about the property of de facto couples (same sex and opposite sex) to the Commonwealth at the turn of the decade,...
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Who can go to Family Dispute Resolution?

When attending family dispute resolution (FDR) to resolve custody issues, you may think you need to bring another person for support. Or you may be wondering if your child is...
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I have questions about divorce but I’m not ready to talk to a lawyer, what should I do?

For many people, meeting with a family lawyer is terrifying. Some may feel that it signifies that the marriage is truly over, others are just scared of the process, and...
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Family Dispute Resolution: The Basics

There are many methods to solve family law issues; couples can chose to have their disputes litigated in the court room, they can reach an agreement through mediation, or they...
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Family Dispute Resolution: The Details

Australia now requires anyone seeking a court order concerning children to first file a dispute resolution certificate with the court acknowledging that they have engaged in some type of dispute...
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Exceptions to Compulsory Family Dispute Resolution

In 2006 it became mandatory for all couples to attend family dispute resolution prior to filing an application with the court to determine custody. One of the aims of this...
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Can what I say during family dispute resolution be used against me in court?

The short answer is no – what is discussed in family dispute resolution may not be used against you in court. First, what is said during this process is protected...
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What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution where parties (or their lawyers) will present arguments to a chosen arbitrator who will make a determination to resolve the dispute. This type...
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Should I meet with an lawyer before agreeing to mediation, arbitration, or other dispute resolution?

Yes. We encourage you to always seek legal advice prior to agreeing to dispute resolution. While dispute resolution is all about reaching an out-of-court agreement, you will still want someone...
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How to Avoid an Unsuccessful Mediation

Generally speaking, reaching a settlement is best the way to address problems associated with the breakdown of a marriage. When parties can agree on the terms of their separation through...
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Collaborative Family Law

Some divorces are ugly – both parties will “lawyer up” quickly, choosing lawyers known for achieving certain results. These divorces usually involve allegations of adultery, contentious custody battles, or high...
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What is your lawyer’s role during divorce mediation?

When you attend mediation, the mediator is the person who runs the show, so to speak. The mediator works with both sides in helping the parties come to an agreement....
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Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution

Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution

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Australia Divorce Overview

Australia Divorce Overview

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