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Complex Issues in Family Law Property Matters - a half-day online conference

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Kimberly Hunter, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, is the chair for this event run by Television Education Network.

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Complex Issues in Family Law Property Matters - a half-day online conference

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Kimberly Hunter, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, is the chair for this event run by Television Education Network.

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Sperm donor or “parent”?

Thursday 4th July 2019

On 19 June 2019 the High Court of Australia delivered judgment in the case of Masson v Parsons. The decision finally determined that the Appellant “Robert”, who had provided sperm to a friend, “Susan”, so she could conceive a child, was a “parent” of that child.

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Sperm donor or “parent”?

Thursday 4th July 2019

On 19 June 2019 the High Court of Australia delivered judgment in the case of Masson v Parsons. The decision finally determined that the Appellant “Robert”, who had provided sperm to a friend, “Susan”, so she could conceive a child, was a “parent” of that child.

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Euthanasia - Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 commencement

Wednesday 5th June 2019

On 19 June 2019, the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 ("VAD") will commence. Victoria will become the first jurisdiction in Australia giving people a right to die, with eligibility subject to strict criteria.

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Euthanasia - Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 commencement

Wednesday 5th June 2019

On 19 June 2019, the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 ("VAD") will commence. Victoria will become the first jurisdiction in Australia giving people a right to die, with eligibility subject to strict criteria.

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Can things said to your counsellor be used in evidence in Family Law proceedings?

Thursday 30th May 2019

Almost all matters discussed during marriage or relationship counselling cannot be used in evidence in family law proceedings. This extends to what is said or discussed to a mediator or psychologist during the course of mediation or Family Dispute Resolution. Sections 10E and 10J of the Family Law Act 1975 provides that such evidence inadmissible.

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Can things said to your counsellor be used in evidence in Family Law proceedings?

Thursday 30th May 2019

Almost all matters discussed during marriage or relationship counselling cannot be used in evidence in family law proceedings. This extends to what is said or discussed to a mediator or psychologist during the course of mediation or Family Dispute Resolution. Sections 10E and 10J of the Family Law Act 1975 provides that such evidence inadmissible.

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Patricia Clancy was building up her legal practice when Gough Whitlam's attorney-general Lionel Murphy changed the law.

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Patricia Clancy became one of Melbourne's leading divorce lawyers by helping extract people from "some of the most terrible marriages" after Lionel Murphy introduced no-fault divorce.

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Patricia Clancy was building up her legal practice when Gough Whitlam's attorney-general Lionel Murphy changed the law.

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Patricia Clancy became one of Melbourne's leading divorce lawyers by helping extract people from "some of the most terrible marriages" after Lionel Murphy introduced no-fault divorce.

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Surrogacy - Protecting your rights and the rights of your baby

Thursday 26th July 2018

At Clancy & Triado our accredited family lawyers are experts in the law surrounding surrogacy. We work with integrity and empathy, alongside relevant experts including medical specialists and lawyers to smooth the journey for our clients.

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Surrogacy - Protecting your rights and the rights of your baby

Thursday 26th July 2018

At Clancy & Triado our accredited family lawyers are experts in the law surrounding surrogacy. We work with integrity and empathy, alongside relevant experts including medical specialists and lawyers to smooth the journey for our clients.

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Why Medical Treatment Planning is something everyone should consider

Thursday 10th May 2018

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you became seriously unwell or injured and unable to make decisions about your medical treatment? While it’s not something anyone wants to dwell on, putting a little thought and planning into these matters can mean – should the unthinkable happen – you are cared for in keeping with your beliefs, values and wishes.

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Why Medical Treatment Planning is something everyone should consider

Thursday 10th May 2018

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you became seriously unwell or injured and unable to make decisions about your medical treatment? While it’s not something anyone wants to dwell on, putting a little thought and planning into these matters can mean – should the unthinkable happen – you are cared for in keeping with your beliefs, values and wishes.

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Recent case on existence of de facto relationship – Weldon & Levitt (2017)

Tuesday 17th April 2018

While many of us use the phrase “de facto relationship” in conversation when describing our friends or peers, when asked what this phrase means in the family law setting, the answer is not as simple as you think. A recent case in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Melbourne considered this very issue and the steps required pursuant to the Family Law Act (Commonwealth) 1975 (“the Act”) to establish the existence of a de facto relationship.

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Recent case on existence of de facto relationship – Weldon & Levitt (2017)

Tuesday 17th April 2018

While many of us use the phrase “de facto relationship” in conversation when describing our friends or peers, when asked what this phrase means in the family law setting, the answer is not as simple as you think. A recent case in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Melbourne considered this very issue and the steps required pursuant to the Family Law Act (Commonwealth) 1975 (“the Act”) to establish the existence of a de facto relationship.

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Protecting the rights of an intellectually disabled child

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Alicia is an intellectually disabled child whose future would be complicated by unique health issues. Her family had been advised of a ‘special medical procedure’ that would make a significant difference to her health and well-being as she moved into adulthood

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Protecting the rights of an intellectually disabled child

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Alicia is an intellectually disabled child whose future would be complicated by unique health issues. Her family had been advised of a ‘special medical procedure’ that would make a significant difference to her health and well-being as she moved into adulthood

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Family law, mediation, and settlement – prevention better than a cure

Thursday 24th August 2017

Family law, and specifically the Family Court, often gets a bad press for justice. But a recent Clancy Triado case demonstrates how legal knowledge and applied common sense resolved an issue before it became a complication.

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Family law, mediation, and settlement – prevention better than a cure

Thursday 24th August 2017

Family law, and specifically the Family Court, often gets a bad press for justice. But a recent Clancy Triado case demonstrates how legal knowledge and applied common sense resolved an issue before it became a complication.

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Protecting Maria and her child from domestic violence

Monday 14th August 2017

Maria had been living in a same-sex violent relationship and had one child with her abusive partner. Although she had wanted to leave the relationship for many years, she was paralysed by concerns about the possible consequences for leaving – both for herself and for her child.

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Protecting Maria and her child from domestic violence

Monday 14th August 2017

Maria had been living in a same-sex violent relationship and had one child with her abusive partner. Although she had wanted to leave the relationship for many years, she was paralysed by concerns about the possible consequences for leaving – both for herself and for her child.

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Providing for Giovanni’s future

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Luigi passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Despite gradually declining mental health, he had happily lived on his own since the death of his wife in 2012.

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Providing for Giovanni’s future

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Luigi passed away peacefully at the age of 95. Despite gradually declining mental health, he had happily lived on his own since the death of his wife in 2012.

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Reuniting a father with his child

Monday 5th June 2017

Anton* came to Clancy & Triado for urgent advice and action. His former partner had abducted his seven-year old son and fled the country in an effort to hurt Anton in the most profound way possible.

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Reuniting a father with his child

Monday 5th June 2017

Anton* came to Clancy & Triado for urgent advice and action. His former partner had abducted his seven-year old son and fled the country in an effort to hurt Anton in the most profound way possible.

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Will-Making and Estate Planning

Wednesday 6th July 2016

In May this year, the High Court of Australia handed down the judgement in the case of Badenach v Calvert [2016] HCA18. The case highlights the difference between ‘Will-Making’, and ‘Estate Planning’.

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Will-Making and Estate Planning

Wednesday 6th July 2016

In May this year, the High Court of Australia handed down the judgement in the case of Badenach v Calvert [2016] HCA18. The case highlights the difference between ‘Will-Making’, and ‘Estate Planning’.

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Willmaking, Testamentary Capacity and Elder Abuse

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Whether or not a Will is proved or an Estate passes under the laws of intestacy, dependents such as spouses and children may challenge the distribution of the Estate on the basis of ‘inadequate provision’ being made for them. This area of law is often referred to as Testator Family Maintenance law.

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Willmaking, Testamentary Capacity and Elder Abuse

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Whether or not a Will is proved or an Estate passes under the laws of intestacy, dependents such as spouses and children may challenge the distribution of the Estate on the basis of ‘inadequate provision’ being made for them. This area of law is often referred to as Testator Family Maintenance law.

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Lebanon/Hague and Child Recovery

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The highly publicised detention of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner and the four members of Channel Nine’s flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes in Beirut, Lebanon, has highlighted the risks and consequences of overseas travel amid child custody disputes in countries where The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“The Convention”) is not in force.

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Lebanon/Hague and Child Recovery

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The highly publicised detention of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner and the four members of Channel Nine’s flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes in Beirut, Lebanon, has highlighted the risks and consequences of overseas travel amid child custody disputes in countries where The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“The Convention”) is not in force.

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Married Man Had A Secret 17 Year Extra Marital Relationship

Friday 11th March 2011

A married man had a secret 17 year extra marital relationship, which according to the alleged de facto wife, constituted a de facto relationship, as she said she and the man enjoyed time together at various times in various places, had a sexual relationship, and expressed love and affection for each other.

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Married Man Had A Secret 17 Year Extra Marital Relationship

Friday 11th March 2011

A married man had a secret 17 year extra marital relationship, which according to the alleged de facto wife, constituted a de facto relationship, as she said she and the man enjoyed time together at various times in various places, had a sexual relationship, and expressed love and affection for each other.

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