Q & A with Senior Associate, Damira Hidic

Damira Hidic

Senior Associate, Damira Hidic

Jones Mitchell Lawyers are proud to welcome new Senior Associate, Damira Hidic, to our team.  Damira is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a Collaboratively Trained Family Lawyer, recommended by the peer-rated, international Doyles’ Guide for her expertise and abilities as a family and divorce lawyer on the Gold Coast.

Damira has shared below what she is looking forward to in joining the team at Jones Mitchell Lawyers, why she enjoys Family Law and how she likes to work with her Clients.

What are you looking forward to in joining the team at Jones Mitchell?

I’m looking forward to working with a great team at Jones Mitchell, given the amount of experience of the people within firm and the reputation the firm enjoys.  I’m also looking forward to assisting the clients, existing and new, with their family law matters, getting to know them and providing them with the best service possible to meets their needs.

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Four tips for THRIVING not just SURVIVING after a property settlement

During divorce proceedings and property settlements many people go into ‘survival’ mode.

At Jones Mitchell Lawyers’ we consider a positive property settlement to be one where our client’s journey and outcome takes them from ‘’survive’’ mode to “thrive” mode.

Here are 4 tips to help you get back to “thrive” mode after your property settlement.

1. Choose the right family lawyer from the start

The relationship with a family lawyer is a unique one. It is a ‘relationship’, as this person will have information about you, your finances, and your family, and you will be relying on them to help you throughout a difficult period. You should therefore choose a lawyer who is a good fit for you, and who you feel you can work with, as a ‘team’, even during challenging phases of your separation. Don’t expect to find that person by looking up the phone book or following an advertisement. As family law can be complex, you will need a lawyer who is experienced in family law. A skilful family lawyer should be able to give you a good sense of the law, and different approaches to your particular case.

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Social Media and Separation: the Do’s and Don’ts

Social Media and Separation generally don’t mix well.

Jones Mitchell family lawyer, Joelene Seaton, advises, “While it may be tempting to vent emotions and frustrations on social media, people need to be aware that anything they post is considered a public document even if they have tight privacy settings on their account.

“Social media posts, text messages and emails are all admissible in Court and can be used as evidence of financial status, poor parenting, infidelity or even an excessive use of social media. A Family Court Judge may consider social media content relevant to their decision in a parenting or a property settlement matter.

“Under current legislation, Section 121 of the Family Law Act it also makes it an offence to publish (including by electronic means) any material that may identify a party or parties in proceedings before the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court. There is also a mirror provision in Section 159 of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act in respect of domestic violence proceedings before the Magistrates Court” Ms Seaton said.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers recommends the following “Do’s and Don’ts” when separating:

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Jones Mitchell’s workshop with Potts Lawyers

Jones Mitchell Lawyers’ Belinda Paterson and Olivia Jennar-Bryant recently held a very successful workshop with Potts Lawyers.

Lawyers from both firms were able to exchange information relating to their area of expertise and gain a greater understanding of each other’s specialty areas of law as they can overlap in some cases.

Potts Lawyers presented to Jones Mitchell Lawyers on the process involved with domestic violence proceedings and the relevant considerations in making or defending an application for a domestic violence protection order.

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Bond University and Jones Mitchell Lawyers internship program comes full circle

Ruiqi Bai and Ailsa Day

Jones Mitchell’s Associate, Ailsa Day, has been with the firm since 2009. Initially as one of the first of about 50 students who have interned one day a week for a semester as part of Bond University’s Family Law Legal Practice Clinic.

Things have come full circle and Ailsa is now a supervisor of students from the Family Law Legal Practice Clinic at Jones Mitchell.  For current intern, Ruiqi Bai, the family law legal practice clinic is a great opportunity to work with senior family lawyers.

“I have learnt so much from Ailsa Day (Jones Mitchell family law associate) and it’s been great putting into practice all I have learnt at Bond University and apply that knowledge to real people with real problems.

“It has been particularly useful for me to observe and learn from senior family lawyers how to communicate with clients who are managing their own emotional state and help them with their expectations.” Ruiqi said.

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How to avoid a costly divorce

The true cost of divorce isn’t just measured in dollar figures but also the emotional toll and lost time for both parties.

Divorce proceedings that end up in a Court room increase the stress for separating couples and also increase the risk of an unfavourable outcome for one or both parties.

Outcomes in family law cases are discretionary and are therefore difficult to predict. Theoretically, ten different judges can determine the same case in ten different ways, without any of those decisions being ‘wrong’.

Separating couples have many options available to them to resolve their dispute outside the Court room through alternative dispute resolution, according to Jones Mitchell Lawyers Family Law Associate, Ailsa Day.

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Why I find Family Law professionally satisfying

Joelene Seaton has chosen to exclusively practice in family law over the last 12 years and is a Senior Associate at Jones Mitchell Lawyers.

“I really enjoy the opportunity in family law to help people through a very challenging time in their lives.”


Here are Joelene’s top 5 reasons why she loves being a family lawyer at Jones Mitchell:

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Did you know Grandparents can apply for parental responsibility of a Grandchild?

Many Grandparents find their close relationship with their grandchildren abruptly disconnected in circumstances of their child’s relationship breaking down with the co-parent of their grandchildren or when their own relationship with their grandchild’s parent and/or parents breaks down.

It is often the situation that a Grandparent has had a key role in the parental responsibility of their grandchild for a period of time.  The law views parental responsibility as; all duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which parents have in relation to their children including long term decisions as determining a child’s religion, education and decisions about health.

According to Jones Mitchell Senior Associate, Joelene Seaton, family lawyers are regularly consulted by grandparents seeking to establish, or continue, a meaningful relationship with a grandchild.

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High Court Debut for Olivia Jennar-Bryant

Jones Mitchell Lawyers’, Olivia Jennar-Bryant witnessed a momentous occasion at a sitting of the High Court of Australia in Brisbane recently.

Olivia had the privilege of being present for the official welcome of the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, the first female appointed Chief Justice of the High Court and the Honourable Justice James Edelman, one of the youngest judicial officers ever appointed a Justice of the High Court, during their first sitting in Brisbane in their new respective roles in the High Court of Australia.


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Is arbitration a growing option to resolve family law disputes outside of court?

With court resources in crisis and clients waiting three to five years in the family court system, many lawyers are seeking to offer alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to clients. Other ADR processes such as mediation may have been exhausted and collaborative law may or may not have been tried.

While a trial may seem like the only way to end a dispute, that is not always so.  For spouses who can’t agree on disputes, but both nevertheless want to ‘exit’ the Court system, they can consider arbitration to resolve a financial dispute.

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is essentially ‘decision-making for hire’ – clients pay to have a ‘private’ trial conducted. Clients and lawyers can choose an arbitrator to make a final decision in their case about property and financial issues.

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