Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Merger
On the 30 May the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced that the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia will be merged into a single court to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA). The new court will start to operate from 1 January 2019....read more
Mental Health and Parenting Proceedings
It is very common for people today to have some type of mental illness or to take prescription medication for depression or anxiety. Most are high functioning, impressive individuals who you would not suspect had such difficulties. Many of our clients are in that category. But often our clients come...read more
Considering Separating? Just Separated? What do you need to ask your family lawyer?
Questions for a family lawyer… It is natural to think that some of the first questions you should ask your family lawyer are: What does the law say should happen in relation to my children? What does the law say should happen in relation to our property and finances? When...read more
5 Legal Benefits of Marriage Equality, from a Family Lawyer’s Point of View
Marriage Equality in Australia is now a reality. But what benefits have same sex couples gained from this change in the law? Other than the fact that they are finally being treated as equal citizens, there are actually some important legal benefits as well. Here are 5 key benefits for...read more
Will a family trust protect your assets against divorce?
Trusts have many uses, particularly for tax, (just ask your accountant, they love them!) and while it is true that trust structures can make a property settlement more complicated, having a trust does not guarantee you can protect those assets from a claim by your ex.read more
Superannuation Election Policies for those dealing with Divorce or Death
Analysis of Superannuation Election Policies of Australian Labor Party and Liberal Party for those dealing with Divorce or Death I thought there might be some benefit in drilling down through the policies of the major parties from the perspective of how it may impact on people going through a separation...read more
“Can I keep my engagement ring?”
Who keeps the engagement rings after separation? The answer is, it depends… Part 2: What happens to the engagement ring after marriage and divorce? In the previous blog post, we looked at the law for what happens to the engagement ring for couples who get engaged, but then who call...read more
Are prenups binding in Australia?
What are prenups in Australia? Something I commonly hear when talking to non family lawyers is: “I’d like my clients to protect their assets from divorce, but prenups aren’t binding in Australia…” Well actually, they are! Prenups (or as we know them: Binding Financial Agreements – BFA’s for short) ARE...read more