How long must I be separated before I can get a divorce?

The answer to this question is that the law requires a married couple to be separated for a period of 12 months. Determining how long a couple have in fact been separated, in accordance with the law, can sometimes create problems in divorce applications. Section 49 of the Family Law…

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Don’s Dynamite – October 2018

No….the Martians aren’t coming! This month the Dynamite previews the block-buster new musical about to be launched simultaneously on Broadway and in the West End of London. The musical is an amalgam of the Star Wars – Dr Who – Blakes 7 – Star Trek et al genres. The musical…

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You Need an Enduring Power of Attorney

Lawyers are often told by clients that they understand that they need an EPA but that they don’t need it now. Well here is the good news – you need it now not later when it might be all too late. We just can’t go through life denying our mortality…

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Family Loans

What do lawyers hate most? Well there might be a few nominations here but up at the top of the list will be loans made between family members. They have the potential for disaster and the destruction of family ties. So, if you are intending to loan money to a…

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Don’s Dynamite – September 2018

trust – noun- firm belief that someone or something is reliable, true, or able to do something….’ [source – Oxford English dictionary] It is perhaps just a sign of the times, but however you look at it trust, or perhaps more so the lack of trust, is almost now all…

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E-Conveyancing: The PEXA Implementation Process

Here’s to the future…………………………. Finally, we’re catching up with the Kiwis! Not on the rugby field any time soon but with electronic conveyancing. Conveyancing as we know it is going through dramatic and drastic change. This is all due to advancements in technology. E-conveyancing has been operating on a limited…

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An Explanation of Add Backs in Family Law

If you have been or are going through a relationship breakdown then you might want to know about ‘Add Backs’. Add backs in property matters arise when one party may have wasted or spent money on such things as gambling or the purchase of gifts for third parties. The obtaining…

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Don’s Dynamite – August 2018

This month’s Dynamite doesn’t follow the usual format because Don and Leanne are re-charging their batteries due to the large flow of legal work coming into the practice [not to mention the significant media interest in Don]; we all need time out now and again. To ease any disappointment for…

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Bullies and the damage they can cause

The term “bully” can be said to mean “a blustering, overbearing, quarrelsome person who habitually badgers and intimidates another person”. Unfortunately, these sorts of people are now left to roam through the electronic world unrestricted – seeking out others whom they feel comfortable attacking.  Bullies are made, not born so something…

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Don’s Dynamite: Inappropriate Behaviour – Reprehensible Conduct!

In recent times we’ve seen an outpouring of details relating to inappropriate behaviour by high profile individuals and institutions which should all be above the reprehensible conduct complained of. The Royal Commission into Sexual Misconduct in Institutions, the establishment of the Me Too Movement and the all too common occurrence…

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