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08/06/2018

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....

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24/05/2018

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...

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08/02/2018

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...

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24/08/2017

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...

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04/07/2017

Family Law Myths: de facto relationship

As you've probably gathered, the answer is often not a simple one. Every case is different and you need advice that is specific to your circumstances.

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04/05/2017

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.

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14/06/2016

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...

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26/05/2016

“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...

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05/01/2016

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...

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