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Newsletter 2018-05-03T11:37:41+00:00

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

May 3rd, 2018|

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 [...]

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

May 3rd, 2018|

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 [...]

FAQ on Estate Planning

May 3rd, 2018|

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 [...]

Can your ex-de facto inherit under your Will?

February 15th, 2018|

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 [...]

Obligations and consequences of parenting orders

February 15th, 2018|

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 [...]

The Divorce process explained

February 15th, 2018|

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 [...]

The Family Court and de facto relationships

August 23rd, 2017|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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 [...]