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29/05/2017

Ownership of Properties in Second Relationships

Buying a home is an exciting step, whether it be your first home or not.

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24/05/2017

FGD Bali Conference – April 2017

We think FGD is a pretty great place to work. Last month, our Directors took us to Bali for a Conference where we stayed at a beautiful Balinese resort, Puri Taman Sari in Tabanan Village, near Ubud.

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22/05/2017

I DID IT MY WAY: The case against Will Kits

Why should I come to see a lawyer to do a Will – can’t I just get a Will Kit? This is a question that I am often asked as an estate planning lawyer. 

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18/05/2017

Should the media be reporting details of family law disputes?

I was surprised to learn that there was a recent article setting out details of the settlement between Karl Stevanovic and his wife Sandra Thorburn.  Furthermore the newspaper reported that in the Stevanovic divorce, Mr Stevanovic “put up very little resistance during the negotiations”.

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12/05/2017

But my friend said…. (Family Law, it’s personal)

Families and therefore family law, are inherently personal matters. Just as no two families are the same, no two family law matters are the same.

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10/05/2017

Same sex ‘marriage’ and ‘divorce’

If you marry your same-sex partner overseas, what happens if you separate? How do you divorce? And what happens if one of you dies?

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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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27/04/2017

Binding Financial Agreements and Estate Plans

When I am engaged to draft a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) (which sets out what happens to their property in the event of separation) clients are often surprised when I ask about their estate plan.

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24/04/2017

The key traits of great family lawyers

There’s a handful of character traits that most, if not all, family lawyers will claim to possess in their marketing pitches to potential clients.

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13/04/2017

Can recordings be used in Family Law proceedings?

We often have clients ask us whether they can use recordings of conversations with their former partner or children as evidence in their family law proceedings.

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16/11/2016

Preserving the Peace – from a Melbourne Family Lawyer

When I tell people that I’m a family lawyer, the first thing I’m often asked is “oh I bet you must hear some interesting stories, does it get really nasty?”

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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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