Separation and Divorce – What Happens to Monetary Gifts and Loans from Parents or Family Members during Property Settlement?
A gift of money from a family member or friend can help you realise your financial goals. But, if these monetary gifts are received during a relationship that later breaks down, how are these kinds of gifts treated? Disputes may arise between separated parties as to whether the money was...read more
Application for Consent Orders
In most cases when people reach a property agreement, we recommend that they formalise it by Consent Orders. Consent Orders are made by a Registrar of the Court. That process happens ‘in Chambers’, so it is an administrative process that doesn’t require an attendance. When you file your Consent Orders,...read more
How to Divide Property During a Divorce
The Court first considers whether or not it is just and equitable for the Court to make any orders at all. In most cases, this test is readily established (for example, when parties have joint assets accumulated over the course of a relationship that need to be divided to effect a settlement).read more
FGD Launches Artificial Intelligence Tool
We wanted to make something that would set us apart from other lawyers from the moment you enter our website.Before you’ve ever stepped into our office, and before we’ve charged you a single billable unit, we wanted to give you an idea of how the Family Law works and the things you need to consider if you are going through a separation.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
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