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How Childhood Trauma Affects Adults

Over two million Australian adults experienced abuse of some kind during their childhood. When a child is plunged into an environment where neglect and abuse are present is forces the brain to adapt to that environment. The brain circuits adapt, and that distress experienced in childhood can have profound effects in adulthood. It doesn't matter whether the abuse is emotional or physical, the effects last. 

What Happens If A Family Member Passes Away Without a Will

It's never too early to think about organising your affairs and creating a will. You might have 50 years left on this earth or 10. Either way, you have to expect the unexpected because life is unpredictable, and the last thing you want is to leave a mess behind for your family. The purpose of estate planning is to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of as you want them to be taken care of. A Will can give you the peace of mind you need and it can help prevent a will estate dispute in the event of your passing. 

How Do You Determine Who Gets What in a Property Settlement

Around 30% of first-time marriages end in divorce and despite this, there are still myths surrounding the Property Settlement Process. Things aren't always split 50/50, the man doesn't come off worse, and you don't have to go to Court for your property settlement. Property settlement after separation, but before the divorce is finalised, is the right way to manage the process for everyone, but what does that look like?

Why You Should Seek Legal Help For Institutional Sexual Abuse

Financial compensation cannot undo the pain that survivors of institutional sexual abuse suffered. However, the national redress scheme was created as a result of the Royal Commission into sexual abuse. It is a way of recognising the pain that survivors often silently endured. Or, to address the many survivors who received inadequate compensation with no way to challenge it or pursue other means of justice. 

Does A Divorce Affect A Legal Will?

Under Australian law, entering into a new marriage invalidates your existing Will. This is a fact that many Australians are unaware of and it means that you need to sit down and create a new Will. Does that mean divorce has the same effect on your Will as marriage? That is a slightly more complicated situation, even though many people assume divorce does the job for them. 

What Are Consent Orders?

Separations are a painful experience for both parties. Even though you can't divorce for at least twelve months, that doesn't mean you can't start taking positive action to protect your future. Here’s what you need to know about consent orders. 

Can A Foster Child Contest A Parent’s Will?

Experiencing the death of a loved one is up there with life's most stressful experiences. The last thing anyone wants to deal with while grieving is a Will dispute. Unfortunately, many people are left seeking estate litigation lawyers to handle Will estate disputes. It is a complicated process at the best of times, but it is even more complicated when a foster child contests a Will. 

What To Do If You Are Disappointed With Your National Redress Scheme Offer

Have you recently applied for payment through the National Redress Scheme? The Royal Commission on sexual abuse was instrumental in changing child abuse laws in Australia. A key result from the commission is the National Redress Scheme which was created to provide victims of institutional child sexual abuse with compensation. Nothing can erase the pain of the abuse victims suffered at the hands of people they trusted, but the NRS can help you cover the costs of therapy as well as a claim for loss of earnings (either past or present). 

Practical Tips To Help You Prepare for Divorce

Divorces are almost never easy. They’re complicated, stressful, and emotionally draining period experiences, especially when they involve custody issues. But by ensuring you’re fully informed about your rights so you understand what to expect during the divorce process will make it easier to get through this difficult time. So with that in mind, here’s our step-by-step guide with practical tips to help you prepare for divorce.

Understanding Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

In order to better understand Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and provide support for its survivors, we must discuss the facts about it openly and honestly. The below resource provides helpful information including how to access support services.

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