Family Law reform amendments from 6th of May 2024

Most significant amendments to the Family Law Act since 2006. Significant amendments have been made to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) which take effect from 6th of May 2024 and relate to parenting matters. Until such time as the Court has operated under the new legislation, it is impossible to anticipate how the amendments […]

Do you qualify for property settlement if the relationship is short?

Are you entitled to a share of property at the end of a short relationship? The answer to that question depends on your individual circumstances. To be entitled to a property settlement in a de facto relationship, the relationship must last for at least 2 years, unless you have a child together. For a married […]

Nurturing the Heart of Family Law: Prioritizing Children’s Best Interests

In the intricate tapestry of family law, amidst the complexities of divorce, battles over where the children live and arguments regarding parental rights, one principle stands as the guiding star: the paramount consideration of children’s best interests. At the heart of every decision lies the well-being and welfare of the innocent souls caught in the […]

Navigating Family Law: Top 10 concerns when engaging a family lawyer

When it comes to family law matters and legal complexities, engaging a family lawyer becomes a crucial step in seeking resolution.  This decision often brings about a myriad of concerns. How do you know that the professional you wish to engage is the right person to handle such an important job?  We have set out […]

Collaborative Practice – Nobel Peace Prize

It is with great pride and delight that we announce that the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals has been nominated for a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. As a firm with a strong commitment to Collaborative practice, we feel this nomination highlights the respect and benefits Collaborative process has brought to the options available to separating couples, […]

Introducing a new partner to your children after separation

  Going through a separation is a challenging phase of life, and when the time comes to introduce a new partner to your children, it’s natural to feel a mix of emotions—excitement, nervousness, and perhaps even apprehension. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, taking thoughtful steps can help smoothen this transition for everyone involved. Co-Parenting Communication: […]

Redefining Divorce: Empowerment Through Collaboration

  Divorce. It’s a word laden with emotion, stress, and uncertainty. Yet, it doesn’t have to mean a battleground. At Clark Panagakos Family Law, we believe in a different approach – one that shifts the narrative from conflict to collaboration. The Power of Collaboration Divorce isn’t just about legal separation; it’s about untangling lives and […]

The Power of Empathy in Family Law: Resolving Divorce Cases with Compassion

Family law or divorce proceedings are emotionally difficult for anyone going through them.  In such situations, the importance of empathy cannot be overstated. By acknowledging and addressing the emotional needs of individuals in the midst of a divorce, family law professionals can significantly contribute to resolving these cases with understanding, compassion, and ultimately, helping families […]

Understanding What Kids Go Through in a Divorce/Separation

Rachel Jolly from the Adelaide Resolutions Centre has pointed out that kids do not care about child support, who was married to who, and why their parents don’t like each other. THEY ARE CHILDREN she points out. Ms Jolly says they do care about who is there at school drop off and collection, who makes […]

You want to get the best out of your lawyer?

There is little value in instructing the best lawyer for your case if you do not get the best out of them – your lawyer is only as good as the instructions they receive.  To ensure the best outcome for your family law or divorce matter it is essential to establish effective communication and collaboration […]