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  • What Happens to My Children After Divorce?

    When couples decide to get divorced, one of the most difficult decisions they will have to make is determining child custody. This process can be complicated, especially in Australia where the law is constantly changing. In this blog post, we will explain how child custody is determined in Australia and provide some legal advice on […]

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  • Who Gets the Boat in a Divorce in Australia: The Definitive Guide

    When a couple separates or divorces in Australia, there are often many disputes over who gets to keep the boat. This can be a complicated process, as boats can be expensive and difficult to divide evenly between two people. In this blog post, we will discuss the various factors that courts consider when deciding who […]

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  • Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce: A Guide to Australian Pet Custody Laws

    In Australia, pets are considered property and as such, there is no definitive answer as to who gets the dog in a divorce. In most cases, the courts will order that the pet be handed over to one of the spouses, but there have been some instances where both parties have been allowed to keep […]

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  • Post-Separation — Who Gets What?

    Separation and divorce are likely to be among the most challenging experiences you will ever face, both emotionally and financially. And, when it comes to dividing all that you and your ex-partner acquired together — potentially over many years — the challenges, stress and confusion only increase. There are important family and financial considerations to […]

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    Townsville in Queensland – Discover the Best of this Amazing City

    Townsville in Queensland – Discover the Best of this Amazing City Our very own Justin Ireland has fond memories of growing up in Townsville. So much so, that despite a successful career working for a top-tier law firm in Sydney, he was drawn back to his home city where he set up his own law […]

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  • My Relationship Has Ended – I Don’t Know What to Do

    When your partner calls time on your relationship it can be devastating, particularly if you didn’t see it coming. A situation has been forced on you, and understandably your emotions are in turmoil. People describe feeling grief, anger, heartbreak, and sorrow for what they have lost and a future that suddenly looks bleak. It’s a […]

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  • Do i need a will

    Should I Make a Will and Why?

    Covid-19 has created anxious times for everyone and caused most people to reflect on life and what matters most to them. One thing that it has brought home to many of us is the fragility of life and that it can be wiped away at any age and when we least expect it. This has […]

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  • Parenting Plan Vs Consent Order – What’s the Difference?

    Deciding to go your separate ways is never easy but when there are children involved, it’s really tough. Who will your children live with and how much time will you both get to spend with them? It’s a hard call. We understand that this can be an incredibly emotional and draining time. That said, if […]

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  • How Best To Deal With Child Custody During The Coronavirus Crisis

    For the vast majority of people, the Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound and serious impact on everyday life. The observance of social distancing and isolation means that complex situations such as parenting orders, which can be challenging at best – are now made even more difficult. This is why one of the most frequently […]

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  • Justice For Prison Inmates – We’re Intent On Change

    Anyone sent to jail has certain basic rights and that includes legal help. Under the law, prisoners can phone their lawyers and arrange visits. While this is only right and fair, visitation constraints are currently preventing Townsville lawyers from getting to see their clients in a timely manner – and clearly, this is a major […]

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  • Family Lawyer in Townsville – 4 Practical Matters to Consider Before Divorce

    When your world has come tumbling down around you, and your marriage is in tatters, our family lawyers in Townsville are here to offer advice and provide the support you need at this emotional time. Most couples enter a relationship or marriage for the best intentions but unfortunately for many things change. Relationships are complicated […]

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  • Our Christmas Message to the Strategic Family

    Our Christmas Message to the Strategic Family

    While for many of our clients Christmas will be a joyful time, as lawyers we are always very aware of the difficulties many families face at this time of year. We know that as some of us play tug-of-war with cheap crackers, laugh at the bad jokes and tissue-paper hats others will be forced to […]

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  • How the Family Court Decides Who Gets What in a Separation or Divorce

    How the Family Court Decides Who Gets What in a Separation or Divorce

    When two people decide to separate one of the first things that needs to be sorted out is property. While under Australian law couples can not actually get formally divorced until one full year after they separate, they can agree on how to divide their assets – or go to the Family Court seeking orders […]

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  • Changes to Family Law Act Ban Cross-Examination of Alleged DV victims by Self Represented Litigants

    Changes to Family Law Act Ban Cross-Examination of Alleged DV victims by Self Represented Litigants

    Changes to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) which will mean people who have been convicted, or accused, of domestic violence offences, will not be allowed to cross examine their ex-partners, were passed by the Federal Senate in December. These changes are limited to the Federal Family Courts. The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and […]

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  • Your Child’s Rights if They Are Accused of a Crime

    Your Child’s Rights if They Are Accused of a Crime

    The law in Queensland provides a number of protections for children who are accused of crimes – both when they are first arrested and if they are later charged with a criminal offence. Firstly, Section 421 of the Police Powers and Responsibility Act 2000 (Qld) states if a police officer wants to question a child […]

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  • Spent Conviction Legislation in Qld

    Spent Conviction Legislation in Qld

    Under Queensland’s Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986 certain criminal convictions can become a spent conviction which means they are removed from a person’s criminal record after a set period-of-time has passed. The timeframes for when a criminal conviction becomes a spent conviction depend on the court the person appeared in and the sentence […]

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  • Your Rights if Your Ex is Withholding Your Child

    Your Rights if Your Ex is Withholding Your Child

    The purpose of this blog post is to explain your legal rights if your partner is preventing you from seeing your children. In family law it is in fact very common to see one parent unlawfully withholding access to children from another. It Is in the Best Interests of Your Child to Maintain a Relationship […]

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  • Hidden Truth about Government’s New Immigration Laws

    Hidden Truth about Government’s New Immigration Laws

    The Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) are no doubt popular with the segment of the Australian public who are keen to see foreign citizens who have been convicted of criminal offences have their visas revoked. However, there is a hidden truth behind these changes which it is important for the […]

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  • What Gets Our Lawyers Out of Bed

    What Gets Our Lawyers Out of Bed

    Here at Strategic we have recently began profiling our staff and putting together short pieces explaining what motivates them to do their jobs. The first two lawyers we profiled were our key family lawyer Robert Ballais and our criminal lawyer Anthony Sturgeon. Over the coming weeks we will be profiling our other legal professionals and […]

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  • Can you legally kill someone who’s broken into your home?

    Can you legally kill someone who’s broken into your home?

    You’re asleep in your bed, your family is happily tucked away, then you hear footsteps. At first you think it’s your pet. But then you hear doors being opened, cupboards being rummaged through. And at that moment the sickening realisation dawns on you, someone has broken into your home. It’s an extreme situation but one […]

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