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Risks of purchasing property after separation and before financial settlement

If you have recently separated and wish to move on with your financial matters, it is important to finalise your previous property affairs with your ex-partner. Whilst it might be tempting to purchase real estate or other assets, particularly if you find a ‘great buy’, there can be issues if you do so before finalising [...]

By |2019-07-02T16:45:26+11:00July 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Removing a child from Australia – issues if parents are separated

Australia is a multi-cultural society, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world.  Australians also tend to be well-travelled.  It is not surprising, therefore, that parents will want to take their children overseas. How does that work when those parents have separated? In general, it can’t be done In the absence of parenting [...]

By |2019-07-02T16:38:15+11:00July 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Affordable break-ups – the sensible approach to dividing property

If you have recently separated, one of the concerns you will probably have is the size of your legal bill after your property matters are sorted. Below are our top tips for keeping your family law property costs down without skimping on sound legal advice. Tip 1 – do the groundwork yourself A specific process [...]

By |2019-07-02T16:35:25+11:00July 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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+11:00April 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+11:00April 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+11:00April 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+11:00March 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+11:00March 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+11:00March 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+11:00November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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