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Shivon Smilovitis joins DS Family Law

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 30/11/2017

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

Posted on 22/09/2017

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

Posted on 13/09/2017

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

Posted on 11/08/2017

“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

Posted on 28/06/2017

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

Posted on 29/05/2017

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

Posted on 29/05/2017

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”


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 2

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 29/05/2017

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


4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 1

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 29/05/2017

In this four-part blog, I answer the four most commonly asked questions about surrogacy law in Western Australia: Part 1 – What is surrogacy? Part 2 – How do I make a surrogacy arrangement in Western Australia? Part 3 – How do I become the legal parent of my surrogate child? Part 4 – Are … Continue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Surrogacy in Western Australia – Part 1”


Property Settlement: The Dangers of Trivial Pursuits!

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 26/04/2017

As family lawyers regularly working on property settlements, it is not uncommon for us to see parties willing to spend disproportionate amounts of time, energy – and fees – on disputing the ownership of assets which can often be worth less than an invoice sent to the client for dealing with the issue! Case example … Continue reading “Property Settlement: The Dangers of Trivial Pursuits!”