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What is a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) and how do I get one?

What is a BFA? When someone in Australia is talking about a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) they are generally referring to what is colloquially known as a “prenup” or prenuptial agreement.  However, BFA’s can also operate as a contractual arrangement to finalise a marriage or de facto relationship (in lieu of Court Orders), and they […]

What is a Kennon argument?

What is a Kennon argument?

Introduction The seminal case of Kennon v Kennon [1997] FamCA 27 had important ramifications for Australian family law in that it was the first time that domestic violence perpetrated in the context of a married couple had implications for the parties’ property settlement. A Kennon argument is an argument advanced by a party to a […]

When can property settlement consent orders be set aside?

When a married or de facto couple separates and reaches an agreement about their property settlement, it is recommended that they formalise their agreement through ‘consent orders’. To obtain consent orders, one of the party’s files a jointly prepared Application for Consent Orders together with a typescript of the agreed orders sought, in the Federal […]

Kate Kempe Joins Doolan Callaghan Family Law Team

We are delighted to announce that Kate Kempe, Senior Family Lawyer and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, has joined the team at Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers. We are certain that Kate’s experience as a family lawyer and in conducting family law mediation in both property and parenting matters will be of great benefit and assistance to […]

Avalon Beach Family Lawyers and Mediators

Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers Northern Beaches and North Shore are excited to announce that we are expanding our offices and will be now also be consulting in Avalon Beach. Conveniently located in the heart of the Village at 42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach, with plenty of free off-street parking right out the front. Whether […]

Does my child have to be vaccinated (COVID-19)?

On 18 January 2022, we wrote an article (What if we disagree on whether our child should be vaccinated?). Since then, there have been several family law judgments dealing with issues in relation to COVID-19 vaccination for children. Pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has […]

Our Gordon Office is Moving

We are excited to announce that Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers’ Upper North Shore office is being relocated to new premises on 01 July 2022. We will now be conveniently located in Chatswood on the Lower North Shore. Our new address is: Level 13 Suite 1A 465 Victoria Avenue Chatswood NSW 2067 Our central location in […]

What is the difference between separation and divorce for married couples?

Separation and divorce Separation and divorce, although interrelated, are different concepts in Australian law.  Separation occurs where one or both spouses form the intention to sever, or not to resume the marital relationship, and act on that intention.  Separation does not necessarily require physical separation; it is merely the result of breakdown of the matrimonial […]

Ben Riley Joins Doolan Callaghan Family Law Team

We are excited to welcome Family Lawyer Ben Riley to our Northern Beaches and North Shore family law team at Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers. Ben has worked and practiced exclusively in the jurisdiction of Family Law both prior to and since admission. Before joining Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers, Ben gained a wealth of relative knowledge […]

What if we Disagree on whether our Child Should be Vaccinated?

The issue of vaccination has become live again in the Family Courts in the context of children now being eligible to receive vaccination for COVID-19 and some parties having strong opposing positions on the same. The question of whether a child should be vaccinated is governed by the same principles and law that dictates most […]

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