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Avoid nasty taxation surprises in family law settlements

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 opportunities in the family law environment can enable a couple to lawfully restructure wealth while avoiding, or minimising, the hefty tax and revenue consequences. Conversely, concluding a family [...]

By | 2017-01-16T01:39:15+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top 7 Enduring Power of Attorney Questions

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.  It is the only way to control who will make important decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. If you do not have [...]

By | 2017-01-16T04:26:55+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 divorce, the property settlement and the emotional wellbeing and care arrangements for children. Unfortunately this is reflected in a great quantity of inaccurate statements. Every family law situation [...]

By | 2017-01-16T04:45:22+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Child Support obligations and responsibilities

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. They are all governed by different legal principles and practices. In this article we focus on child support. In that regard if someone has the care of a [...]

By | 2017-01-16T04:41:48+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Your Will Count – Healthy Will Checklist

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 would want after they die. If you do not have a Will your assets will be divided according to the rules of intestacy, that is, when you have [...]

By | 2017-01-16T04:48:36+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can you be separated and live under the same roof?

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 can be established if the Court is satisfied that the parties to the marriage have separated and have lived separately and apart for a continuous period of not [...]

By | 2017-01-16T04:57:09+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Superannuation splitting laws – things you need to know

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 such can be adjusted, transferred or divided between parties when a relationship breaks down. Although it should be noted that de facto couples in Western Australia are not subject to [...]

By | 2017-01-16T05:01:32+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The perils of representing yourself in the Family Court

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 30 per cent of Family Court cases involve a party who is self-represented at some point. It is important to weigh up the benefits of using a lawyer [...]

By | 2017-01-16T05:06:00+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six things to know about Binding Financial Agreements

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 the courts as Binding Financial Agreements (BFA). There have even been movies about them and their enforceability and plenty of sensational newspaper stories but this article sets out [...]

By | 2017-01-17T03:17:42+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What to do after a family separation and pending divorce

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 same sex couples). There is no need or ability to register a separation under Australian Family Law. Separation is a fact which must be proven if it is [...]

By | 2017-01-17T03:11:58+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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