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The Effect of Joint Tenancies on Family Provision Claims

Many Australians are co-owners of interests in land but do not appreciate the nature or effect of the co-ownership and do not fully research family trust estate planning. As a result, they are not aware of the consequences their co-ownership has on their death. Below are examples of the effect joint tenancies can have in ousting the Testator’s family maintenance (“TFM”) legislation. […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|0 Comments

Common Divorce Pitfalls to Avoid

Maybe you didn’t see it coming. Maybe you’ve known it was going to happen for some time. Maybe it’s a well-contained no-fault divorce. Maybe it’s not so amicable. Either way, you’ve got a few things to worry about right now… (Before you consider the Common Divorce Pitfalls) […]

By | July 3rd, 2017|Family Law, Property, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What To Do If Your Ex Breaches Your Parenting Order?

In Family Law, a parenting order is a legal agreement about how separated parents divide the responsibility to take care of their children. These agreements are sensitive. As such they are important to respect – but can be violated by either parent who isn’t careful about observing them. We’ll take you through first what a parenting order is, and what the requirements are. Then we’ll advise you on your options if one party has breached the parenting order. […]

By | June 15th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Spousal Maintenance Following Divorce – When Will It End?

What is spousal maintenance? Under the Family Law Act 1975, a person has a responsibility to assist their former partner financially, whether they were married or in a de facto relationship, if that former partner cannot meet their own reasonable living expenses from their income or assets. […]

By | May 15th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Divorce and Step Children: Understanding How the Law Impacts Blended Families

What is a step-parent? The term “step-parent “is defined in the Family Law Act 1975 to mean a person who, in relation to a child: a) is not a parent of the child; and b) is or has been married to, or is or was a de facto partner of a parent of the child; and c) treats, or at any time while married to, or as a de facto partner of the parent (this includes same-sex couples) treated, the child as a member of the family. […]

By | April 15th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Pet Custody and Consideration of Pets in Family Court Proceedings

When a couple separate, whether they have been married or in a de facto relationship, they usually need to resolve how to divide their property. How are family pets treated? […]

By | March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Superannuation and Family Law

When a couple separate, whether they have been married or in a de facto relationship, they need to resolve how to divide their assets, including their assets, debts, and superannuation. […]

By | February 15th, 2017|Family Law, Property|0 Comments

Property, Financial Maintenance, Child Related Proceedings, and Divorce – Who is Eligible to make an application for Court Orders?

If you are thinking about making an application to the Family Court for orders relating to Property, Financial Maintenance, Child Related Proceedings, or for a Divorce, it is important to understand whether you are eligible to make an application. […]

By | February 6th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Pre-action procedure in the Family Court

What to do before going to the Family Court Before bringing an application before the Family Court, whether in relation to property, financial maintenance or children, the parties are required to make a genuine effort to resolve their dispute. […]

By | January 30th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Amendments to Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) – What does it mean for the construction industry?

On 22 November 2016, the WA State Parliament passed the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) and it has taken effect as the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2016 (WA) (the Amending Act). The Amending Act commenced on 15 December 2016, but certain reforms are phased in over time. The amendments aim at addressing the construction industry issues such as unscrupulous and insolvent contractors, and assisting smaller and exposed subcontractors. […]

By | January 24th, 2017|Building and Construction|0 Comments