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Case study: Prioritising a child’s best interests

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Establishing parenting arrangements that prioritise a child’s best interests and well-being amid parental disputes has its complexities. We share this case study to offer some key insights. Acting for the applicant mother, Dominique Markwort, Senior Associate at Seton Family Lawyers, navigated a sensitive family law matter. The child had been primarily cared for by the […]

Considering divorce? Understand why, and when to consult a family lawyer

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Navigating the complexities of marriage can be a challenging journey, and individuals may find themselves contemplating the difficult decision of divorce if they don’t see eye to eye with their spouse. Understanding why you might be considering divorce, and recognising when to seek advice from a family lawyer is an important step in securing a […]

What to expect when meeting your family lawyer

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When you’re preparing for your first meeting with a family lawyer, it’s natural to experience a range of emotions. Facing any legal issues can bring on stress, sadness, guilt and worry and these feelings can be heightened when they involve your family. Understanding what to expect and how to prepare for your initial consultation, can […]

What you need to know about changes to Family Law in Australia

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There are important changes to family law that you and your family need to know, with the Family Law Amendment Act recently passing on 19 October 2023, and the changes coming into effect on 6 May 2024. These new laws have the objectives of prioritising the best interests of children and improving the overall functioning […]

Challenging a will – understanding your rights

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When a loved one passes away your focus is often on grieving, rather than contemplating what you may inherit from their estate. However, if you find yourself excluded from the will or left with minimal provisions, it’s crucial to take prompt action if you need to contest a will. In this blog, we’ll outline your […]

What’s a de facto relationship?

What Is A De Facto Relationship? | Seton Family Lawyers Central Coast

In the latest census by The Australian Bureau of Statistics, over two million Australians reported they were in a de facto relationship. So, while this relationship status is more widely known now, there are often misconceptions about what constitutes a de facto relationship and the legal rights around them. In this article, we cover the […]

Domestic violence help and support

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Domestic violence remains a problem on the Central Coast and across Australia. But support is available. A problem too close to home Your home should be a place of safety and comfort but, for many, it is a dangerous place. Domestic violence is just one type of abuse that you may experience at home. In […]

Separation or divorce: understanding your child’s legal rights

Separation and divorce: understanding your child's legal rights | Central Coast Family Lawyers | Seton Family Lawyers | Lawyers Central Coast

Separating from your de facto partner, or going through a divorce is a difficult and turbulent time in your life. And if you have young kids or a blended family, you might be wondering what this means for your children and stepchildren and your child’s legal rights. Biological and adopted children have the same legal […]

Mediation for dispute resolution — let’s talk

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Dispute resolution is often more challenging than it needs to be. Mediation is one option for resolving disputes and it may help you. What is mediation? Mediation is a dispute resolution process that uses a neutral and independent person (a mediator) to help the parties negotiate an agreement to resolve their dispute. What does mediation […]

What happens to superannuation in a divorce?

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Going through a separation or divorce is a stressful period in your life. You may be asking yourself who gets what, and how are assets divided fairly. In the unfortunate event that your relationship breaks down, both your and your partner’s superannuation is considered property, and like your other assets, it can be divided between […]

When should I make a will?

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Whilst it can be a difficult topic to discuss with loved ones, having a will in place can give you peace of mind, and ensure your loved ones are provided for after your passing. It can also unburden them during a difficult time in their lives, and ensure your wishes are executed. So, if you’ve […]

Trending: Divorce in January? You’re not alone

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The holiday season can often be make or break for couples. With financial stress, social expectations and family tension, it’s no surprise that Google Trends show searches for divorce often spike in January. So why are so many couples searching for the best family lawyer to help them through a separation or divorce?  In this […]

5 tips for shared parenting in the holidays

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With the holidays fast approaching, it can be a busy and stressful time, especially if you have family visiting or you are hosting a large family event. If you are also navigating shared parenting, whether it be your first year, or after many years, it can create extra tension. We’ve listed our top tips below […]

6 relationship red flags you shouldn’t ignore

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If you’ve had a partner make a comment that just didn’t feel right, or they don’t get along with any of your friends or family, you might be spotting relationship red flags. In hindsight, bad behaviour is easy to spot, but when you’re feeling loved up, it’s easy to dismiss. In this blog, we cover […]

Do you need to talk to a family lawyer before ending things with your spouse?

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Things might be feeling tense at home, and you feel like your marriage has lost its spark. Are you thinking about separating, but worried about your assets and family if you split from your partner? A family lawyer can help you navigate this difficult time in your life, and achieve the best outcome for you […]

Is a ‘prenup’ necessary before marriage?

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It’s an exciting time. You’re newly engaged and in the midst of wedding planning when you suddenly think, do I need a prenup? There can be many reasons to consider a prenup. You may be marrying later in life, have dependent children from a previous relationship, want to protect your hard-earned assets, or can see […]

When do you need a family lawyer on your side?

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You may be thinking about the future, and protecting your family, property or assets. Or maybe you’re separating from your partner, and you need to arrange parenting orders or split assets. And unfortunately, sometimes assault and criminal charges are involved in your split. It’s hard to think clearly during this time. You need someone you can […]

What are my rights if I want to separate from my partner?

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“I’m separating from my partner – now what?” At the time of separation, couples living in the same place will often disagree about their living arrangements for the immediate future. It is important to know your rights and obligations at this difficult and uncertain time. Can you be kicked out? How can I kick my […]

What are interim parenting orders and why are they important?

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Interim parenting orders are exactly as they sound. They are enforceable court orders that codify parenting arrangements until final orders are made – whether by agreement between the parents or by judgement at a final hearing. Getting to final hearing, in some cases, can take as long as 3 years, so it is important to […]

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