Needing urgent financial relief or settlement?

In cases involving domestic violence, we see many clients where financial support and/or access to bank accounts are withheld or threatened to be withheld suddenly by the abusive partner, child support is being refused to be paid, and in some cases, there is an urgent need to relocate and incur establishment costs.

If you are being prevented from having access to joint financial assets and unable to meet normal household expenses, it is time to call DV LAWYER.

Property settlement mediation

To resolve financial and property matters, you can go to Court, however, there may be significant delays before the Court is able to determine the matter.

For a much swifter result, you may want to enter into Mediation. As Nationally Accredited Mediators, DV LAWYER can act as a Mediator and attempt to resolve the division of property and assets as early as possible. This can occur in separate rooms or on the telephone if there are safety concerns. If an agreement is reached, you will not have to go to Court and you can severe the financial tie sooner.

If we are not acting as a Mediator, and you prefer us to represent you as your lawyer, DV LAWYER can:

  • provide you with advice about your entitlement to a property settlement and discuss the prospects of your case with you. You may be eligible to make a claim for a property settlement even if the assets are only in your ex-partner’s name;
  • assist you lodge any urgent Caveats over property;
  • negotiate on your behalf with your ex-partner and draft Consent Orders should there be an agreement reached;
  • draft and advise on Binding Financial Agreements and Binding Child Support Agreements.

If you do not reach agreement, we can draft all the required court documents to be filed in Court and represent you all the way to Trial if necessary.

Take the first step and call Kathleen Simpson at DV LAWYER for a Free Consultation.

Dangerous Liasons HOTA

Queensland Ballet spices things up with Dangerous Liaisons

Queensland Ballet has teamed up with Artistic Associate and world-renowned choreographer, Liam Scarlett, to present Dangerous Liaisons, an evocative performance and classic tale of seduction and betrayal, coming to HOTA on June 14 to 15.

The scandalous story, which has captivated audiences around the world for over 200 years, is based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ time honoured novel and has been reimagined into a dramatic new ballet for mature audiences.

Set amongst the aristocratic elite of late eighteenth century France, Dangerous Liaisons is a hedonistic tale of love, betrayal and humanity.

CEO of HOTA, Criena Gehrke, said this performance is one of the most daring works by Queensland Ballet to-date.

“This is adults-only ballet at its finest. Sexy, stunning and dramatic – just the way I like it,” she said.

Queensland Ballet’s ambitious adaptation of this incredibly complex and nuanced story will come to life next month, in their sole Gold Coast performance taking place at HOTA’s Arts Theatre.

After premiering the production at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane earlier this year, Queensland Ballet will also head to Cairns, Toowoomba and Mackay as part of their tour.

Dangerous Liaisons is recommended for eighteen plus patrons and will take place at the Home of the Arts on Friday 14th June, at 7.30pm and Saturday 15th June, at 1.30pm.

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‘Liam Scarlett’s Dangerous Liaisons, is sexy as all hell.’ Phil Brown, The Courier-Mail

‘…as good as anything you’ll see in London, Paris, New York or anywhere else.’ Phil Brown, The Courier-Mail

‘Dangerous Liaisons is an extraordinary work, and with it, Queensland Ballet has truly come of age.’ Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

‘The performance indicated quite clearly that the company is so much more than a State ballet company. QB is a national treasure.’ Michelle Potter

Get your tickets now to see the brilliant Dangerous Liaisons at 7:30pm Friday 14 June or 1:30pm Saturday 15 June.


Young Hearts Run Free

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet – the greatest soundtrack ever sold

There’s no doubt the 90s were memorable – for all the right (and probably wrong) reasons. You might look back fondly or send a silent prayer of thanks that there was no social media to record your sartorial choices.  But whether you were celebrating girl power or preferred a more grunge approach, there’s no doubt there was some truly classic music produced in this era.

And in 1996, arguably the most iconic film of the last 20 years, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, completely changed the rules when it came to screen adaptations of Shakespeare. With his incomparable take on the classic love story, and the stellar talents of a young Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, this film was an instant cult classic.

It’s been said that Baz Luhrmann turned the greatest love story ever told into the greatest soundtrack ever sold and with tracks from everyone from The Cardigans to Radiohead to Everclear to Garbage we’d agree.

Young Hearts Run Free, at our incredible Outdoor Stage, features the soundtrack and imagery from the film, played live by a stellar line-up of musicians fronted by Tom Dickins. Followed by a DJ set straight from the 90s, this will be a party like no other.

Young Hearts Run Free HOTA

PHOTO: Supplied by HOTA | © Kerrie Geier

Get your friends together, dress in your finest, trashiest 90s masquerade garb, and celebrate this incredible soundtrack.

Selling out at Vivid Sydney, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival and Melbourne Fringe tickets won’t last long, get your tickets now to see Young Hearts Run Free play our Outdoor Stage 7pm Saturday 1 June.


Tips for leaving your relationship safely

Is it time to leave and put you and the children first?

In our experience, most people contemplating leaving an abusive relationship are often confused and feel “out of their depth” over what to do next, particularly where practical arrangements for separation need to be made. We appreciate there’s a lot to consider, for example, how to leave, how to obtain alternate housing, financial security and how to obtain ongoing adequate protection. There are also natural concerns about legal parenting rights and property settlement.

If you or someone you know is about to take that next step to leave a relationship, here is our advice on what to do in order to leave the relationship safely:

  • Take all important documents including passports, birth certificates, bank statements, marriage certificate, immigration documents, drivers licence, tax records
  • Take all diaries, photographs of injuries, doctors records, police records and any other evidence of abuse
  • Take any medications for yourself and the children
  • Lock your smartphone by PIN
  • Change your PIN and passcodes for ITunes, email addresses, online banking, Facebook and other social media
  • Set up a new email address
  • MyHealthRecord – change your MyGOV password or opt out to ensure the perpetrator does not continue to receive notifications about you and/or the children
  • Turn off your GPS
  • Turn off location services on Apps such as Find My IPhone, Snapchat
  • Turn off Bluetooth on your phone when not in use
  • Check your Apps and delete any Apps you are not familiar with
  • Make a copy of your car key and keep it in a safe place
  • If you remain living in the residence and the perpetrator does not, make sure you change the locks and the garage remote access codes
  • If you cannot stay at your rental, you can obtain an early release from you lease agreement through RTA
  • A good investment is a dashcam for your car and have this recording at any changeovers
  • Key into your phone all important numbers of family and friends network
  • In the event of an emergency, hit your IPhone’s power button 5x quickly and it will call 000

We also understand just leaving isn’t the answer. Here’s some important information to help with the next steps:

  • Don’t believe anything the perpetrator says to you – act only on proper advice
  • Get legal advice as soon as you can – it is important you know your rights as to protection, ouster orders, property/financial entitlements and your responsibilities regarding your children
  • Get advice from an experienced domestic violence lawyer who has family law background – so that the DV issues can be properly advocated throughout your family law matters
  • File an Application for a Protection Order in the Magistrates Court – can be done via the Police or privately e.g. through a domestic violence law firm
  • Seek counselling – DVPC, DVConnect, DVAC – can be done at no cost on a Mental Health Care Plan
  • Seek refuges for temporary accommodation – call DVConnect / DVPC will assist you
  • Change your routine – don’t follow the same paths you go to work and/or school
  • Address any urgent financial needs – Centrelink, CTH bank and NAB can give you an urgent payment
  • Ask your lawyer about spousal maintenance, Hogan Orders and other financial abuse orders
  • Redirect your mail – Australia Post will do this for free for DV affected persons
  • Change your mortgage to interest only payments – this will reduce the amount payable until settlement
  • Tell the bank you are separated and that there must be two signatures for withdrawals on joint accounts
  • Don’t be afraid to make the call/s, there is good support out there for you with you every step of the way

DV LAWYER 0410 288 169  |
DV Connect 1800 811 811  |
DVPC (Gold Coast) 07 5532 9000  |

Smith Collective rolls out red carpet for Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is preparing to make his first visit to the Gold Coast’s newest landmark community as Smith Collective gears up for the annual celebration.

The country’s first build-to-rent development at Southport will host a free program of Easter-themed events during the school holidays, including arts and crafts, food decorating and the chance to be photographed with everyone’s favourite rabbit.

Residents and visitors are welcome to head to the $550 million development’s outdoor retail mall for the fun and games, with families expected to embrace the chance to not only meet the Easter Bunny but discover why Smith Collective is considered a game-changer for the Gold Coast.

Smith Collective Senior Retail & Marketing Manager Mel Kite said the Easter celebration was a taste of the community-minded events the development was set to become famous for.

“As well as reinventing rental, we are committed to ensuring Smith Collective is a lifestyle destination for all Gold Coasters,” she said.

“With loads of outdoor space and a rising number of traders opening their doors, both residents and visitors are getting to see the community come to life. Our Easter celebrations are another milestone in that evolution and families who decide to pop by are sure to have a ball.”

The Easter activities will run from 10am-1pm on Thursday 18 April and Saturday 20 April, with professional children’s entertainers to host face painting, arts and crafts (Thursday) and cookie decorating (Saturday).

Children will also be able to meet the Easter Bunny, who will be handing out chocolate eggs and posing for photos in his own special area.

Smith Collective aims to redefine the traditional rental process by forgoing individual landlords and offering residents many benefits of home ownership, including long-term security and the ability to paint walls and have pets.

The community will eventually be home to 2500 people across 533 one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments – 172 of which are accessible; 637 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments and 82 townhouses featuring three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

It will also feature an emerging retail and dining hub, with major supermarket chain Woolworths and retail giant BWS already securing tenancies.

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