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Separation and divorce: Be sure before you sign

A leading family law firm is recommending couples think carefully before they sign any legal document that could have significant financial consequences later down the track.

According to Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner Dan Bottrell a common scenario for many newly separated spouses is that they may, after separation, be bound by documents signed ‘blindly’ before separation.

“As family lawyers, we see all manner of relationship dynamics,” said Bottrell.

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Jones Mitchell named the Gold Coast’s leading family law firm

Southport-based family law firm, Jones Mitchell Lawyers, has been officially recognised as the Gold Coast’s ‘leading’ family law firm in the 2016 prestigious Doyle’s Legal List.

According to the industry’s most respected guide to Australia’s best legal firms and lawyers, the specialist firm made it into the elite rankings as the Gold Coast’s only ‘first tier’ law firm, ahead of its ‘second tier’ ranking last year.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers partners Rick Jones and Dan Bottrell were also individually recognised as the Coast’s only “preeminent” family lawyers – the highest accolade awarded to individual practitioners.

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How to avoid ‘buyer remorse’ with your property settlement

Tupperware, pets, frequent flyer points, promotional tents and even cushions are some of the many hotly disputed items in property settlements, according to a leading specialist family law firm.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner Dan Bottrell said separating couples can become so worn down by negotiations that they are willing to let outcomes reached at mediations simply ‘fall over’, rather than giving in to their ex-partner.

“Arguments over small items are not because one party doesn’t want the other spouse to ‘win’ but because they have reached a point where they feel like they cannot ‘give in’ to their partner any further,” said Mr Bottrell.

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How to choose a family lawyer

Are you thinking of getting a divorce or separating?

Finding a good family lawyer can be the best investment in your financial future you will ever make.

While trusting a stranger with your emotional and financial future is a big step for many people, there are ways to make the search easier.

According to Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner, Dan Bottrell, narrowing the search down to a law firm that specialises in family law is the first step.

“The guidance of a skilful family lawyer can be invaluable in resolving family law disputes,” said Bottrell.

“Family law is a very complex area of law which involves specialist skills along with a thorough understanding of the Family Law Act and the latest changes to legislation.

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Jones Mitchell named Queensland’s leading family law firm

Southport-based family law firm, Jones Mitchell Lawyers, has been officially recognised one of Queensland’s ‘leading’ family law firms in the 2015 prestigious Doyle’s Legal List.

According to the latest pre-eminent guide to Australia’s best legal firms and lawyers, the Gold Coast firm made it into the elite rankings as one of the state’s ‘second tier’ leading law firms ahead of its ‘recommended’ status last year.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers founding partner Rick Jones was also individually “recommended” along with young partner Dan Bottrell who also earned a “recommended” status.

Mr Jones said the listings demonstrated formal recognition of the high level of skill and capability of the Gold Coast firm in its handling of complex family law matters.

“This is a significant achievement and independent recognition of the quality of our work and rewards our strong client relationships in resolving the most complex family law issues with dignity,” he said.

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Divorce and separation – 5 tips to ease the pain

With January commonly nicknamed “divorce month” in legal circles, specialist family law firm Jones Mitchell Lawyers gives their tips to help ease the pain.

According to Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner, Warwick Jones, for many couples, whether married or de facto, relationship issues are heightened during this special time of year.

“The divorce month phenomenon is well-known to family lawyers,” said Jones.

“Regrettably, but typically, January really does see a lot of separation enquiries after the emotional stress of Christmas and other factors, personal and financial, hit home.

“We see a large increase in the number of enquiries post Christmas.

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Separated? Divorced? Give the gift of co-operation to your children this Christmas

shutterstock_198950963A leading Queensland family law firm is urging separated and divorced parents to put their children first this Christmas by giving them the gift of parental co-operation.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner Dan Bottrell said the festive holiday season was a particularly emotional time for children of separated parents who often experienced a sense of loss for their intact family, and felt torn between two homes.

He said contrary to popular opinion, it was possible for parents to put interpersonal issues aside and work together as parents over the holiday season, even when they didn’t like one another.

‘Christmas is traditionally a family time, and when that family is divided between two homes, it can put added pressure on children,” said Mr Bottrell.

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Three rules for using social media during a family law matter

shutterstock_222035116 (Large)When it comes to social media and family law proceedings it pays to ‘keep it in the family’, warns a leading Gold Coast family lawyer.

Jones Mitchell family lawyer Orlena Moloney said many people were unaware that using social media while in the midst of a family law matter may be a breach of the Family Law Act, and punishable by prosecution.

“In today’s modern world, many people use social media and Facebook in particular, as an outlet to vent their frustration against their ex partner,” said Ms Moloney.

“While this might feel like a release and you may think that you are doing so privately, if it is found to be a breach of the Family Law Act there are far reaching consequences.

“Beyond that, the Court might also consider such conduct as being relevant to its decision in a parenting or a property settlement matter.”

Under current legislation, Section 121 of the Family Law Act 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.

“Couples also need to consider their privacy settings and who might be reading their page, looking at their photos and considering the contents of comments made,” said Ms Moloney.

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Married, single, how to tell if you’re in a de facto relationship

Couples should be aware that they can be in a de facto relationship even if they are married to someone else or in another de facto relationship, according to a leading Queensland family law firm.

Jones Mitchell lawyer Orlena Moloney said many people were not aware that it was not necessary to be living with a partner on a full-time basis in order to establish that they were in a de facto relationship.

“As a solicitor, one of the questions I am frequently asked by people is “Am I in a de facto relationship?” said Ms Moloney.

“Most people think because they haven’t lived with their partner for an extended period of time, or because they are either married or in a committed relationship with another person, then they are not in a de facto relationship when they very well could be.

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Internships lead to job offers for Bond University students

IMG_0702 edit cropBond University launched its Family Law Legal Practice Clinic in 2009 by partnering with Gold Coast family law firms, including Southport family law firm Jones Mitchell Lawyers.

Since that time, more than 40 Bond University students have passed through the doors of Jones Mitchell, and four of them are current staff members who also completed their Practical Legal Training (PLT) with the Gold Coast firm.

Family Law Legal Practice Clinic is an intermediate level elective law subject in the Bachelor of Laws program.

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