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The following are recent media releases issued by Jones Mitchell Lawyers.

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 Taya Winch 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 Winch. “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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Child Support Agreements can ease the pain of child support complications

Separating and divorcing parents should consider drafting a Child Support Agreement to avoid the pain of child support complications, according to a leading Queensland family law firm.

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Divorce and separation: What happens to the family home?

It’s often the most significant asset anyone is likely to accrue in a lifetime but what happens to the family home after separation? Specialist family lawyer Dan Bottrell from Jones Mitchell Lawyers says there are several options available to separating couples in the division of what is likely to be their biggest asset.

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Jones Mitchell Lawyers dominate Doyle's Legal List on Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s leading family law firm, Jones Mitchell Lawyers, has reaffirmed its standing in the legal profession with both of the firm’s partners recognised by the prestigious Doyle’s Legal List.

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Deadline looms for Christmas holiday parenting orders

Separated parents should be attempting to reach a resolution with their ex-spouse now about parenting orders during the Christmas and New Year school holiday period, if they are to meet the National Filing Deadline on November 8, a leading Gold Coast family law expert warned today.

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How to avoid a costly divorce

Separating couples can save thousands by investigating alternative legal pathways that don't involve going to court, according to a leading Queensland family law specialist. Jones Mitchell Lawyers partner Dan Bottrell said couples could avoid paying large sums on legal fees if they were willing to be open-minded about the approach to their family law dispute, and consider alternative dispute resolution techniques.

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Top tips for getting the most out of your property settlement

Many divorcing couples are not getting fair property settlements because they are not considering their spouse's superannuation, according to a leading family law expert.

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Deadline looms for Christmas holiday parenting orders

Separated parents should be attempting to reach a resolution with their ex-spouse now about parenting orders during the Christmas and New Year school holiday period, if they are to meet the National Filing Deadline on November 8, a leading Gold Coast family law expert warned today.

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Grandparents fighting for rights in child custody matters

More and more grandparents are turning to the Family Court to voice their anguish of being deprived a relationship with their grandchildren, according to a leading Gold Coast family lawyer.

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Make your financial agreement watertight

Couples need to make sure their financial agreements are approached correctly from day one to avoid being set aside by the court later, according to Queensland‟s largest law firm practising exclusively in family law.

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The following are links to recent online media stories, copies of newspaper articles, or radio transcripts where Jones Mitchell Lawyers has made comment.

Dividing property during a divorce

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A HOME is the heart of a family, but when that family is broken apart by divorce, financial hell can break loose on the home front. One-in-three marriages in Australia end in divorce and after the children, the house is often the biggest battleground among feuding former spouses. So how do you work out the financial factors surrounding the family home in a divorce? A house obviously can’t be split into two like assets such as shares and super, and in many cases one parent will want to keep the home to give the children some kind of normalcy in such a painful situation.

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Forget Gwyneth’s ‘conscious uncoupling’ idea of divorce, it’s a ridiculous notion

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WHY can’t my divorce be like actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s? Firstly, because you and your ex-wife don’t have more than $100 million and a team of nannies to ease the pain. Further, Paltrow and her ex-husband Chris Martin contributed equally towards amassing their fortune. They both work and will each continue to earn stratospheric incomes.

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Breaking up ain’t hard to do on the Gold Coast, our nation’s divorce capital

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BEACHES, bikies, boobs, booms, busts and breakups. The Gold Coast tops them all, including divorces. As late scientist Professor Julius Sumner Miller always prefaced, “Why is it so?” At present the divorce rate for first marriages is 50 per cent. For second marriages, it’s about 56 per cent. If you think that seems high, consider how many people you know who have been through, or are going through, a divorce — and that includes de facto couples.

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Recognition for 'lawyer's lawyer'

The Gold Coast Bulletin -

Gold Coast family law firm Jones Mitchell Lawyers has reaffirmed its standing in the legal profession with two partners receiving recognition in the prestigious Doyle's Legal List.

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The Finance of Breaking Up

GQ Australia -

What happens to your money when you split? Let us help with what can be a convoluted and painful process.

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Can a Child Maintenance Trust benefit you?

TGR Magazine -

Chile Maintenance Trusts (CMTs) presents parents in family breakdown situations with the opportunity to meet formal child support obligations in a tax effective manner.

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The fight before Christmas: Parents go to court to stop kids being fed too many sugary sweets

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SEPARATED parents have resorted to taking legal action to curb their children's festive sugar intake as a deadline looms for Christmas custody deals this Friday. Huge legal bills are being racked up as the Family Court of Australia also takes action to sanction parents who give their teenagers a tipple at the Christmas table.

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Is a financial agreement right for your family?

Yahoo7 Lifestyle -

Even if you’re in a happy relationship, you may consider getting a binding financial agreement.

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Super the marriage asset we forget

The Courier-Mail -

Divorces settlements are not being sorted fairly because splitting spouses are not considering superannuation, as family law expert says.

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How to make sure your financial agreement is watertight

TGR Magazine -

Financial agreements are imperative for the safe transition of business and assets, writes Dan Bottrell.

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Using family law to restructure your wealth

TGR Magazine -

The endurance of a property settlement after separation or divorce can be an unpleasant experience, writes Dan Bottrell. - See more at: http://www.21stcenturynews.com.au/family-law-restructure-wealth/#sthash.lplo83X2.dpuf

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Hide and Seek Kids

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Do-gooders shielding children from courts

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Grandma, 85, given parenting rights in case that highlights growing trend in 'grey-sitters'

The Courier-Mail -

AN 85-year-old woman has been granted parenting rights over her granddaughter as courts take a tougher stand over denied access. With a rising number of so-called "grey-sitters" left raising grandchildren, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia has reaffirmed the notion of "parents and non-parents" having the same legal rights to children.

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Lawyers do cold feet shuffle after flawed pre-nups bring action

The Gold Coast Bulletin -

The news that Olympian Grant Hackett is suing his former legal team over a botched pre-nuptial agreement sent shockwaves through the legal fraternity.

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