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The Family Court and de facto relationships

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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 financial dispute arising from the breakdown of a de facto relationship is decided by the [...]

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The Family Court and de facto relationships

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Understanding Child Support

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

The power of the ATO and family law settlements

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Making a Will if capacity is in question

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

It is well known that a Will is a legal document which sets out how a person wants their assets to be distributed once they die. If [...]

Immunisation and Family Law

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Some Australian parents have recently begun to question whether to immunise their children, expressing concerns about possible side-effects risks associated with childhood vaccinations.  But what happens if [...]

Inheritances and family law

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Families and money can sometimes be a volatile combination. That is never more so than when divorces and Wills are concerned.   When is an inheritance an [...]

Foreign Divorces – are they legal in Australia?

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

In certain circumstances a divorce granted overseas, even of a marriage performed in Australia, can be recognised here. In this article we look at the factors that [...]

Being the executor in a deceased estate

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

After a person dies someone has to look after the assets of that person and pay the person's debts. Although the person is no longer here, his [...]

Family law restraining orders – Things you need to know

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Many people going through a relationship breakdown want a Court order restraining or stopping their former spouse or partner from doing something.  Those circumstances include: personal [...]

Understanding your Spousal Maintenance obligations

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

It is not widely known that when we enter into a marriage or a de facto relationship, in certain circumstances, a spouse may be liable to maintain [...]

Avoid nasty taxation surprises in family law settlements

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

There are significant differences in the tax consequences of certain family law related actions particularly when negotiating property settlement outcomes - the cutting of the cake! Unique [...]

Top 7 Enduring Power of Attorney Questions

July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a trusted person (your Attorney) the power to make financial, medical and personal decisions for you.  [...]

Fact or fiction – top 5 myths about family law property settlements

July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Most people know someone who has been affected by a family breakup. It is usually a very stressful and emotional time where people are anxious about the [...]

Child Support obligations and responsibilities

June 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Unless you are a Family Lawyer you probably don’t know that child support, child maintenance and spousal maintenance are all completely different types of rights and obligations. [...]

Making Your Will Count – Healthy Will Checklist

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

It is important for everyone over the age of 18 to have a Will to ensure their wishes are followed and their assets are distributed as they [...]

Can you be separated and live under the same roof?

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Before a person can apply for a divorce they have to be able to establish to the Family Court that their marriage has irretrievably broken down. This [...]

Superannuation splitting laws – things you need to know

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down property can be divided between the parties. Superannuation is treated as property under the Family Law Act and as [...]

The perils of representing yourself in the Family Court

September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

The Family Court of Australia was one of the first courts to recognise self-represented litigants as a permanent and significant client group. Research indicates that 20 to [...]

Six things to know about Binding Financial Agreements

September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

There are many names for Binding Financial Agreements or BFA’s, including; Pre-nuptial Agreements (commonly known as pre-nups), Post-nuptial Agreements (post-nups); and Cohabitation Agreements. They are known by [...]

What to do after a family separation and pending divorce

September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship (which also includes [...]

Children’s care arrangements following separation

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Following a separation parents do not have to go to court about the care arrangements for their children. As a matter of principle we encourage our clients [...]

Family Law Property Settlements

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Is a 50/50 split the starting point? Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, it is common for separated parties to be unsure and [...]

Saving your rights to see your grandchildren

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

If you are a grandparent and face the sad circumstance of a break up in your family group, through separation or unforeseen events, you may be worried [...]