Grandparents – do you have rights?

When parents separate, care arrangements for the children of the relationship or marriage are often negotiated amicably or orders are made with intervention from the Court.

When Orders or agreements are being negotiated by parents after separation, other important people in the child or children’s lives such as their grandparents are often overlooked.

You might have a falling out with your grandchild or grandchildren’s parents and are no longer able to spend time with or communicate with your grandchild/ren. Or god forbid the unthinkable happens and one or both of your grandchild’s parents passes leaving them without one or both of their parents.

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Have you been a victim of an act of violence? Would you like some cash to get back on your feet?

Through a Victim Assist Application, you could receive a payment (which can be between $1,000 to $10,000) in recognition that an act of violence has occurred to you, and reimbursement for any out of pocket expenses you have had, such as medical costs, counselling costs, or security upgrades to your house.

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Top 3 Tips for Mediation

A successful mediation means that your family law matter is over quickly, cheaply, and without ongoing fighting, unlike the long, expensive and litigious nature of court. With the right approach, you can give yourself the best chance of getting an agreement and make the most of your mediation, and these are my top tips to do that.

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Spousal Maintenance - Am I liable to pay anything?

After you separate the Court can make orders that will require you to continue providing your former partner with financial support so that they can meet their expenses.  

This may not seem fair – I mean you are no longer together why the heck should you have to continue paying your former partner money right? 

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Jodi Dingwall