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VRO in Western Australia

What does “3 strikes and you are out” mean in relation to a VRO in Western Australia?

Apr 21, 2015

The Law In its decision in Roe v D’Costa [2014] WASCA 118 the  WA Supreme Court of Appeal provided clarification on how section 61A of the Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA) should be interpreted in relation to a VRO in Western Australia. Section 61A states as follows: 61A.     Penalty for repeated breach of restraining order      (1)     In this…

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WA Government to introduce new family violence restraining order

Mar 19, 2015

The ABC News Website has reported that a new type of restraining order is being introduced by the Western Australian Government to better protect family violence victims . The Family Violence Restraining Order According to Attorney-General Michael Mischin, the Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO) was designed to reduce the onus on the victim to provide…

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Radio National Law Report – Wills & Intestacy

Mar 12, 2015

The Law Report program on Radio National broadcast on Tuesday the 3rd of March discusses a dispute involving the estate of a young man who died without a will leading to an unexpected outcome. Under the law of intestacy, his estate of $600,000 goes to his estranged wife, despite the couple already finalising their property…

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divorce in western australia

Divorce in Western Australia

Jan 14, 2015

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest data for Separation and Divorce late last year. This data consisted of 2013 figures and show that 5268 applications for divorce in Western Australia were granted. This was an increase on the previous years figure of 5073 and went against every other state and territory in Australia,…

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Shared Parenting – Overnight Stays For Children Under Four

Jul 8, 2014

ABC Radio National’s Law Report discussed an interesting Shared Parenting issue on it’s program last Tuesday 1st July 2014. Children under four spending time away for the primary carer is a strongly debated issue. The program looks at what Australian research actually says and how is it being used in the Family Court. You can…

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Government to review domestic violence laws

Jul 3, 2014

The Western Australian Government is examining key recommendations from a Law Reform Commission report which includes separating family and domestic violence orders from the existing Restraining Orders Act. The report recommends treating it as a criminal offence under the Criminal Code and creating clearer definitions of what constitutes domestic violence. An article, appearing on the…

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Louise Muhling and Leo Barry appointed Associates of Kavanagh Lawyers

May 9, 2014

New Associates of Kavanagh Lawyers Kavanagh Lawyers are pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Muhling and Leo Barry as Associates. Louise and Leo are respected members of the profession and are to be congratulated on their appointments.

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The Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA) annotations

Mar 7, 2014

Kavanagh Lawyers’ principal, Marty Kavanagh, has just had his 20 annotations on The Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA) published as part of a significant update to Dickey’s Family Law with Legislation. This new authored content provides concise annotations, and are structured to help practitioners reach the information they need as quickly as possible. Read more about…

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Grandfather’s Will – A legal fight over a pastoral holding

Mar 5, 2014

A long running battle over a Grandfather’s Will This week’s Law Report on ABC’s Radio National highlights a recent decision in a NSW Supreme Court over a Grandfather’s Will, which included some strong words from the Judge in regards to the legal fight over a pastoral holding. Describing it as ‘a sorry case’, the Judge…

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Property Settlement after Separation

Feb 20, 2014

Kavanagh Family Lawyers can assist with drafting consent orders once agreement about property settlement has been reached. We can then help you apply to transfer any land from joint names. Any stamp duty payable on the transfer is assessed at a nominal rate rather than at market value. These Transfers of Land are lodged with…

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