Was it a loan or a gift? – Big difference!

Housing affordability is a big issue for young Australians. When discussing that issue recently, the Prime Minister infamously remarked that the solution is for parents to “shell out” to help their children buy a home. For those lucky enough to have parents able to assist them financially in adulthood, whether by helping them into the [...]

By | 2018-05-03T11:30:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Social media and family law – Just don’t do it!

Social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like - can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life.  Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, as well as the banal events in our lives, to express our views and to stay [...]

By | 2018-05-03T11:18:48+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FAQ on Estate Planning

While many people are unlikely to nominate estate planning aka “thinking about what will happen to my assets when I die” as being on their “most wanted things to do” list in reality, this is something that should be on all our “must do” lists. Proactively planning for how you would like your assets distributed [...]

By | 2018-05-03T11:08:37+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can your ex-de facto inherit under your Will?

Once upon a time you were happily living together with your de facto partner. Roses were bought, dinners were cooked, finances were shared and Wills were signed leaving all your assets to the other partner in the event of what you then thought of as the far away time of your tragic passing. Thoughts of [...]

By | 2018-02-15T18:18:26+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Obligations and consequences of parenting orders

A separating couple with children will need to work out the parenting arrangements for those children - where the children are to live and who may make decisions about the children. If the couple can agree, their agreement can be formalised as Consent Orders (ie Orders made by the Court by consent). If not, the [...]

By | 2018-02-15T18:19:27+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Divorce process explained

The idea of divorce is well known, as is the established principle of no-fault divorce in Australian law, but less is known or understood about the mechanics surrounding what is actually done and the steps involved. In this article, we explain the process in simple terms. Today in Australia a court does not consider why [...]

By | 2018-02-15T18:08:35+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Family Court and de facto relationships

Over the last decade an increasing number of Australians are living in de facto relationships, while marriage rates have fallen.  Reflecting this societal change, the law was changed in 2009 (2002 in Western Australia) so that the same law now applies to separating de facto couples as applies to separating married couples.  That is, any [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:25:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why it’s a bad idea to write your own Will

It is relatively easy to find a free Will template on the internet and fairly cheap to buy a Will “kit” from a newsagent or online. There are also websites that have “data collectors” that take your information and create a Will for you seemingly without any legal expertise required. So, is it really a [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:14:02+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding Child Support

Family law principles recognise that both parents of a child should be financially responsible for his or her care, regardless of the parents’ marital status, past or present relationships or involvement in the child’s life. The child support scheme in Australia is regulated through various laws and administered by the Department of Human Services (Child [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:09:41+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The power of the ATO and family law settlements

Many clients come to see a family lawyer wanting to talk about issues related to the ATO, while others haven't turned their minds to their own tax affairs for some time. Generally, we find there is a misunderstanding about the role and power of the ATO in family law property settlements.   Family law property [...]

By | 2017-04-26T11:01:38+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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