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Rights of Married vs De Facto Couples in Financial Proceedings

Most of us know that for de-facto couples, you can't get a divorce without first being married. Recently a client attended our offices requesting assistance with his divorce and the division of the matrimonial assets. When asked what date he married, the client explained he and his ex-partner never got married but they were still [...]

By | July 25th, 2019|Family Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Changing Family Landscape and Modern Family Provision Law

Over time, developments to the testator’s family maintenance (“TFM”) legislation expanded the categories or classes of eligible claimants.[1] In 1936, both New Zealand and Tasmania considered changes to the law to permit claims by ex-nuptial or illegitimate children. Both jurisdictions legislated the issue in 1969.[2] The remaining states and territories legislated the same issue shortly [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|Family Law|0 Comments

Puppet Structures and Alter Egos: Creation of a Trusts, and Powers of Appointment to Avoid the Court

People try to use third party asset structures to avoid their assets being attacked from a family law, bankruptcy and testator’s family maintenance perspective (“TFM”). There have been a variety of cases involving inter vivos trusts, which have been used by parties to argue their non-ownership of assets in the Family Court. The same principle [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

What is Considered by the Courts When Deciding How to Divide Property After a Divorce

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

By | September 7th, 2017|Family Law, Property|0 Comments

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

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