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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Family Violence

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    Many families experience family violence where there is coercion or control of a family member causing fear. Family Violence is also referred to as domestic violence. We can all identify family violence when one family member assaults another. However family violence is wider than this.  It can include repeated derogatory taunts, intentionally damaging furniture or...

    Family Law

  • Domestic Violence in the News

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    Yesterday in Chatswood, we started our day with the devastating news that within a short distance from our office a young woman’s body was found.  A male, who is believed to be her boyfriend, was subsequently involved in a standoff with police while perched on an awning of the 27th level of a high rise...

    Family Law

  • Myth Busted! 3 common myths/misconceptions of parenting

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    Over the many years in practice, whether our client is a father, a mother or a person who has a significant relationship to a child, we see a pattern of common misconceptions about parenting and the law. Let’s bust some of those myths! Since our child lives with me, I am the only one who...

    Family Law

  • What is the divorce property settlement process?

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    If you and your partner have separated and you’re planning on getting a divorce, the first thing to do is a property settlement. A property settlement is separate from getting a divorce. It is the agreement or Court Order made regarding how your property is to be divided. You and your partner can agree to...

    Family Law

  • Splitting Assets In A Relationship Breakdown: Dividing The Spoils

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    The most common misconception which clients have when their relationship breaks down (whether de facto or married) is that there is an automatic entitlement to a division of the assets equally (ie 50/50). This is not so in the Australian legal system. What are you entitled to and how do the courts determine this? The...

    Family Law

  • What are my legal rights in a breakdown of a de facto relationship?

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    In Australia, if you are in a de-facto relationship, you have the same rights as a married couple when it comes to the division of property. The same applies for same sex couples.  You also have rights when it comes to maintenance, financial agreements and superannuation. Simply living with someone and being in a sexual...

    Family Law