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Want to Excel in your Family Law Case?

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

I’m talking about Microsoft Excel, and I’m going to convince you that spreadsheets are your best friend in any property settlement case. Here’s why: Disclosure Why not use an Excel spreadsheet to list your disclosure documents (and the other party’s!), rather than doing it in Word? The benefit of preparing the List in Excel is … Continue reading “Want to Excel in your Family Law Case?”


Take Control of Child Support

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

Child support can be defined as: ongoing financial assistance made by one parent to the other to assist with the costs of raising the children of the former relationship. Parties will often rely upon the Child Support Agency to make “administrative assessment” of the parties’ incomes in order to determine the precise sum payable. In … Continue reading “Take Control of Child Support”


Merry Christmas! And Office Closure Hours

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

The Team as DS Family Law wish you a joyous Christmas and a wonderful, safe and prosperous New Year. For your convenience, please note that our office will be closed from 12pm on Friday, 22 December 2017, and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. If you wish to make an enquiry over … Continue reading “Merry Christmas! And Office Closure Hours”


Shivon Smilovitis joins DS Family Law

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

We are pleased to announce that Shivon Smilovitis has joined the firm, as Managing Solicitor of the Mandurah Office. Shivon started working in family law in Mandurah in 2001, and having lived in the area since 1998 she has developed a strong understanding of the local community and its needs. Shivon spent many years operating her law … Continue reading “Shivon Smilovitis joins DS Family Law”


School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

So you have just been served with an Application for Parenting Orders by the children’s father. Since separation over three years ago, the children have lived exclusively with you, and Dad has been largely absent from their lives. For the past three years, Dad has lived in Sydney, and apart from his child support and … Continue reading “School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?”


“She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

As a family lawyer with 20 years’ experience in trying to resolve some of the most bitter, intractable disputes between separating spouses, there are occasions when you think you’ve seen it all. Then, something happens that restores your belief that there are no lengths to which someone will go to “get one over” on the … Continue reading ““She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!”


I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court

Greg Martinovich
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

“within 12 months” and “within 2 years” – what do these phrases mean? When parties to a relationship separate, it is generally considered to be in their best interests if their financial relationship is also brought to a conclusion. Limitation period for married couples The above principle is given express legislative force by way of … Continue reading “I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court”


Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 Regarded by the State Attorney General’s office as the biggest overhaul of family violence legislation in Western Australia’s history, The Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 (WA) (“the Amended Act”) passed through State Parliament on 17 November 2016. The Amended Act … Continue reading “Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 4

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

This is my four-part blog on surrogacy in Western Australia. So far in this series, we have looked at the definition of a surrogacy arrangement, how to make such an arrangement in Western Australia, and how to become the parent of your surrogate child. In this final part, I answer the question: “are all surrogacy … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 4”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 3

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

This is my four-part blog on surrogacy in Western Australia. In my last two articles, I answered the questions “what is surrogacy?” (Part 1), and “how do I make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia?” (Part 2) . In this article (Part 3) I answer the question: “How do I become the parent of my … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 3”