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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 […]

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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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  • The legal fact every Queenslander should know about sexy selfies

    The legal fact every Queenslander should know about sexy selfies

    The Queensland Government’s proposed Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images Amendment Bill 2018 should put at ease the mind of anyone who has sent their ex some sexy selfies. The bill criminalises the act of threatening to post nude-images of your former partner on the internet and was intended to provide legal redress for victims of […]

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  • Proposed Qld Laws Take Aim at Institutions over Child Abuse

    Proposed Qld Laws Take Aim at Institutions over Child Abuse

    Revelations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shocked and saddened the nation. Now, almost one full year after the Commission handed down its final recommendations the Civil Liability (Institutional Child Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018 (Qld) is still yet to be passed by the Queensland Government. The proposed legislation includes significant […]

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  • The Qld Teachers who are Allowed to Smack Students

    The Qld Teachers who are Allowed to Smack Students

    Under Queensland law it is actually legal for teachers to smack students. Section 280 of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) states: “It is lawful for a parent or a person in the place of a parent, or for a schoolteacher or master, to use, by way of correction, discipline, management or control, towards a child or pupil, under […]

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  • Media Matters: Did You See Us on the News?

    Media Matters: Did You See Us on the News?

    Wow, where did October go? It’s only two months until Christmas and for the team here Strategic Lawyers the year has really flown by. This past month has been huge for the firm with the launch of our radio jingle, as well as several media appearances – which we’ve linked to below. Firstly our Principal […]

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  • How Domestic Violence Orders Impact Access to Children

    How Domestic Violence Orders Impact Access to Children

    OVER the course of the 2017-18 financial year more than 45,000 people fronted the Queensland courts over a domestic violence order (DVO). In fact, according to the most recent data from the Queensland Police Service more breaches of DVOs are being reported each year, than assaults. Once a protection order is taken out in the […]

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  • Knowing this simple legal fact could save you thousands

    Knowing this simple legal fact could save you thousands

    Every couple of days Strategic Lawyers is contacted by someone who has purchased an expensive item online only to find out it didn’t live up to their expectations. In the vast majority of these cases the person involved has purchased the item – often a boat, or a car, or an expensive home-appliance – after […]

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  • How Child Support is Really Calculated

    How Child Support is Really Calculated

    For most couples with children separating will mean the Federal Department of Human Services undertakes a child support assessment and later orders for money to be paid. The amount of child support that needs to be paid is calculated using the formula we have set out below. The basic formula is: The self-support amount – […]

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  • Townsville Police hit 44 people with little known fine

    Townsville Police hit 44 people with little known fine

    TOWNSVILLE Police have fined 44 cyclists for talking on their phone while riding their bicycle, over the past four years. The most recent data from the Queensland Government shows the fines – which are valued at $391 – are being issued with surprising regularity. A report about a man in Loganholme in south Brisbane copping […]

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  • Your chance to win $600 in just 30 seconds

    Your chance to win $600 in just 30 seconds

    Here at Strategic Lawyers we know that being contactable is essential – that’s why we’ve just launched a competition to promote our new number: 13 14 LAW. For existing clients we’re still available on (07) 4795 1114 so there’s no need to update our details in your phone. And just so those people who don’t […]

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  • All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    All the happenings here at Strategic Lawyers

    The past month has been a big one for our firm with some new faces, lots of new interesting cases and some big wins. Firstly, we have been joined by three new paralegals – all of whom are studying Law at James Cook University. The first to come on board was Damon Johnson. Damon is […]

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  • Why are Townsville Police fining people for not locking their car?

    Why are Townsville Police fining people for not locking their car?

    Over the past five years police in Townsville have fined 68 people for not locking their car. While police generally issue the fines for $44, under Queensland legislation the maximum amount they can fine people for this “offence” is actually a whopping $2611. The fines were revealed in public data posted on the Queensland Government website. From […]

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