When is a Sperm Donor a Parent?

On Wednesday 19 June the High Court answered this question, deciding that a sperm donor can be a parent of a child that he helped to conceive. This is an important decision which could affect many of the thousands of couples and single women who have conceived...

The George Pell Guilty Verdict

No doubt everyone is aware by now that Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of child sexual assault.  What has been unusual about this case is the reaction of many well-known people and some of the commentary in the media about whether the Cardinal is...

Double Demerit Points and Christmas

A common misconception is that double demerit points applyin Queensland over the Christmas and other school holiday or public holiday periods. No such system exists in Queensland.  NSW does have double demerit points during school holidays.  This year if you are...

What to do with your unwanted Christmas Presents

If your household is anything like mine, you will receive well-meaning but unwanted Christmas presents.  That usb fish aquarium or that remote control cushion may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but what are you going to do with it?   Do you have to keep the...
Can Religious Schools discriminate against Gay Students?

Can Religious Schools discriminate against Gay Students?

A recent controversy in the news has been the issue of whether Religious Schools are able to exclude students and teachers because of their sexuality. Religious Schools have always had the ability to exclude teachers if their sexuality or values do not comply with...
Newsflash:  Harry and Megan separate!!!!

Newsflash: Harry and Megan separate!!!!

No, the happy couple have not separated…yet. However, if they did, they would have to negotiate a family law property settlement so they can go their separate ways. In a relatively short relationship such as Harry’s and Megan’s, the starting point for settling...
Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and your Estate

Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and your Estate

Self-managed superannuation funds are becoming increasingly popular and contain significant amounts of assets. It is said that over the next 20 years there is going to be the greatest transfer of wealth in Australia’s history as baby boomers die and leave their...
When children do not want to see the other parent

When children do not want to see the other parent

How to deal with a child not wanting to spend time with the other parent is a difficult one for parents who are separated. A child’s reluctance to spend time with the other parent can have many different causes. The Court’s View The Court’s focus however is that...
Facebook, Social Media and Divorce

Facebook, Social Media and Divorce

One of the biggest changes in society over the last 20 years has been the rise of social media such as Facebook and the sharing of our personal lives with others.   Social media has been a great benefit and enjoyed by practically everyone who has a mobile phone,...
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