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RESOURCES & ARTICLES

At Spencer Ryan Family Law we are all about empowering our clients. On this page you will find links to articles and information that may assist you better understand your family law matter.

We also recognise, that while being equipped with the right information will help you understand what is happening, or what to expect next, it is not a substitute for trusted legal advice.

Please contact us should you require further information.

Recent Publications

Celebrating Pride: The Essential Guide to Binding Financial Agreements for LGBTQIA+ Relationships

We’ve come far as a nation since that momentous day in 2017 when Australia said YES to legalising queer marriages. What a victory it was for the LGBTQIA+ community and such a powerful statement of acceptance and equality.  Since then, thousands of queer couples have embraced the opportunity to formalise their relationships. Some key marriage […]

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Navigating Christmas and Parenting Arrangements: A guide for separated parents

As the festive season approaches, the holiday spirit fills the air, and many families eagerly anticipate spending quality time together. For separated parents, however, navigating Christmas and parenting arrangements can be a complex and emotionally charged task. In this article, we have explored the essential considerations for separated parents during this festive time, focusing on […]

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Let’s talk about children’s contact centres: FAQs answered by the Parent Education Network (Penguin)

Working with separating parents and their children in family law matters highlights the challenges that families can face when navigating new a family dynamic.  Co-parenting can be hard, and you won’t always get it right the first time.  Ultimately, the family law system aims to keep children safe while aiding them in having a meaningful […]

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Breaking the Silence: Understanding Domestic Violence and When to Seek Help

Trigger warning: This article includes content about domestic violence which some readers may find disturbing. If you are triggered by any of the following content, please reach out to one of the Support Services listed at the end of this article. Family violence is a distressing and pervasive issue that occurs within the context of […]

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Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence

Trigger warning: This article includes content about child sexual exploitation, abuse and violence which some readers may find disturbing. If you are triggered by any of the following content, please reach out to one of the Support Services listed at the end of this article. Protecting children from harm is the overarching purpose of the […]

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Understanding property valuations

In our last article ‘Navigating the Family Court: A guide to disclosure obligations’ we spoke about how, when working towards a property settlement, a valuation can be obtained from a suitably qualified and professional valuer. This assists the parties know the full value of their property pool to be divided. Our colleagues at Acumentis Group – […]

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Navigating the Family Court: A guide to disclosure obligations

When it comes to family court proceedings, transparency is key. Parties involved are expected to be open and forthcoming about their financial circumstances to assist in the determination of their property settlement. These disclosure obligations are an essential aspect of ensuring a fair and just resolution that achieves a full and final separation of the […]

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Mediation: Common questions answered by Spencer Ryan Family Law

Mediation can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. To help you better understand what to expect during mediation, and what happens when it doesn’t work out, the Spencer Ryan Family Law team has provided answers to frequently asked questions. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MEDIATION? Preparing for mediation can be a little daunting, […]

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When home no longer feels like home – Separation and parenting arrangements

Home. A four-letter word that holds so much meaning.  For most people home is a haven, a safe place to feel protected.  Home is where we can relax and be our “true selves” without fear of reprisal, judgment, or rejection.  Home provides the foundation from which a child can grow and safely explore the world. […]

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Pre-nuptial agreements – who needs them and why?

The short answer is – anyone who wants to avoid the expense and delays associated with finalising their property settlement through the court system. No one enters a relationship thinking it will fail. But the unfortunate fact of the matter is, many do. Having a financial agreement (or a ‘prenup’, as they are more commonly […]

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Resource Search Tool

Looking for information about a specific family law matter? Explore our website information, resources and articles by topic.

Separation & Divorce

If you’re contemplating separation, recently separated, or have been separated for quite some time, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities.

Parenting Arrangements & Child Custody

If you are looking for insight specific to where you might be in the process, or might want to be, take a look at our overview.

Property Settlement

When your relationship ends, it is vital that you know your rights to secure your financial future and not leave any money on the table. 

Binding Financial Agreements & Prenuptial Agreements

A Binding Financial Agreement and a Prenuptial Agreement are essentially the same thing, only the ‘prenuptial’ part indicates the agreement is entered into prior to or during a marriage or de facto relationship.

Farmgate Family Law

In its simplest form, Farmgate Family Law is a way we can make expert family law advice accessible to those who live in regional and remote communities. 

Support Services

Domestic Violence Prevention Centre

The Domestic Violence Prevention Centre provides a wide range of programs to support women and their children affected by domestic and family violence and working with men who perpetrate domestic violence. 

Bravehearts

Bravehearts is an Australian child protection not-for-profit organisation, solely dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

The Court’s family law jurisdiction includes applications for divorce, proof of divorce, applications for spousal maintenance, property and financial disputes, parenting orders, enforcement of orders, location and recovery orders, warrants for the apprehension or detention of a child, and determination of parentage. The website includes information and videos relating to these areas of family law.

Women’s Legal Service Qld

Women’s Legal Service Queensland is a for-purpose community legal organisation providing free legal advice to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients. The website includes a range of fact sheets relating to Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Family Law.

Best for Kids

Best for Kids is a community legal education initiative of Legal Aid NSW. Legal Aid has developed the Best for Kids website for young people and their families. The site contains videos and information for young people on a range of legal topics and for adults on family law issues.

The Australian Parenting Website

The Australian Parenting Website is supported by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services, and provides information about how to help children and pre-teens adjust to separation or divorce, suitable for children aged 1-11 years.

Family Relationships Online – Talking to children about separation

Family Relationships Online is an Australian Government Initiative and provides information for parents across a range of subjects relating to relationship issues, separation, and divorce, including strategies for talking to children about separation.

Act for Kids

Act for Kids is a for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-led professional therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced or are at risk of harm. The Act for Kids website includes a range of resources and information for parents when a child is at risk of harm.

Family Relationships Online - family mediation and dispute resolution

Family Relationships Online is an Australian Government Initiative and provides information for separating parties across a range of subjects relating to relationship issues, separation, and divorce, including information about family mediation and dispute resolution.

Act for Kids

Act for Kids is a for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-led professional therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced or are at risk of harm. The Act for Kids website includes a range of resources and information for parents when a child is at risk of harm.