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We’re still friends, why do we need a ‘legal’ property settlement?

We’re still friends, why do we need a ‘legal’ property settlement? Many couples separate on good terms, which is great. The breakdown of a relationship can be difficult, however putting differences aside to move forward can be beneficial, particularly where children are concerned. Ex-partners who remain on good terms may choose to make informal arrangements [...]

By |2019-04-17T14:46:58+00:00April 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What happens when your ex-partner squanders your assets?

Unfortunately, many separations end in hostile disputes over money. A common situation when trying to resolve property matters is when one partner makes a considerable dent in the family finances by squandering assets or racking up additional debt. A bitter ex-partner may go on a spending spree, ignorant of the consequences. Alternatively, he or she [...]

By |2019-04-17T14:45:14+00:00April 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can You Record Conversations of Your Ex-partner?

We are frequently asked by our clients if they are able to record their ex-partner in a conversation with them. This may arise during argument after separation, during changeovers with the children or at any other time. It is becoming increasingly prevalent that this sort of evidence is floating around due to the advances in [...]

By |2019-04-17T14:42:49+00:00April 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How marriage & divorce can affect your Will

Why, you might ask, would marriage or divorce have anything to do with your Will? Why indeed! The reality is that only about one in two Australians, whether married or divorced, have a valid Will. Of those who do, many haven’t looked at their Will since they signed it, and perhaps have forgotten what it [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:39:38+00:00March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Enduring Powers of Attorney explained

A lot of people have heard of a Power of Attorney however most do not fully appreciate the extent of its power, the benefits it delivers or the types of Powers of Attorney that exist. A Power of Attorney is a useful legal document used to allow someone to handle your affairs in a variety [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:36:39+00:00March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is a marriage a relationship of undue influence?

Every marriage or de facto relationship usually involves a level of mutual trust, confidence and influence. However, when does that normal situation become undue influence or enable one party to unconscionably take advantage of the other? These questions were considered by the Family Court in two cases dealing with pre-nuptial style agreements - Saintclaire & [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:36:03+00:00March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wills for blended families

Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for when you die and that [...]

By |2018-11-07T09:39:00+00:00November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does a pre-nuptial agreement have to be fair?

It is now more than 10 years since the Family Law Act was changed to allow Australians to enter into pre-nuptial agreements (known as Financial Agreements or Binding Financial Agreements). Under the Act, the Court does not have to approve a Financial Agreement for it to be binding. That is, the Family Law Act allows [...]

By |2018-11-07T09:39:21+00:00November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Personal protection orders – what options do you have?

All states and territories have taken significant steps to protect people who are threatened within the context of a family or domestic relationship. Depending on where you live, you may find yourself needing to apply for an apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) if in NSW or a family violence order in the ACT.  Changes to [...]

By |2018-11-07T09:39:42+00:00November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2018-11-07T09:40:05+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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