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  • Separation can be one of the most stressful and emotional times in a person’s life, particularly when there are children involved. In order to make the separation process a bit easier, we have compiled a list of practical steps to take when you are trying to sort out parenting arrangements with your ex-partner. Try and […]

  • For separating parents, trying to sort out what time the children will spend with each parent or where they may live is not always easy. The Family Law Act states that the most important consideration when making such a decision is what is in the child’s ‘best interests’. In the event parents can’t agree on […]

  • A Family Law property settlement should be fair to both parties and recognise the contributions made by each party, and also each party’s future needs. The Family Law Courts adopt a four-step approach to determining an appropriate property settlement. These four steps are: Identifying the assets and liabilities of the relationship. Assessing the contributions by […]

  • Following the breakdown of a relationship, there is often a lot of mistrust between parties and this is particularly relevant where one party thinks that the other party is trying to hide some of their assets. In a family law property settlement, the most important legal requirement is for each person to provide “full and […]

  • Recent developments in the Court system seem to indicate that the Family Law Courts are finally embracing technology and the use of the internet. In 2016 the Courts changed the way to apply for a Divorce. An Application for Divorce must now be completed and filed online. This requires a party applying for a Divorce, […]

  • It is not unusual in a family law property settlement to see two parties agree for one person to keep the house and in exchange for this, pay the other person an agreed upon sum of money.. If parties are in agreement about a property settlement then Consent Orders are prepared and filed with the […]

  • Australia has a system of “no fault divorce”, which means that the Court does not consider the reasons behind the breakdown of a marriage, only the fact that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To apply for a divorce in Australia you must be separated from your spouse for a period of at least 12 […]

  • It is not uncommon for people to refer to their pets (sometimes called ‘fur-babies’) as children. Many couples, especially those without children, view themselves as their pets’ parents. In many ways this is logical… similarly to children, pets require care and supervision – we send them off to puppy pre-school and pet-sitters. It may then […]

  • In today’s society the concept of ‘nuclear family’ is almost foreign; in fact most families are closer to that depicted in the popular sitcom ‘Modern Family’. This has caused the law to adapt to cases outside the traditional family. In a recent case Justice Dessau stated: ‘This Court deals with a full spectrum of families: […]

  • When a child is born they must be given a name which is registered. Following divorce or separation, an issue often arises as to the surname the children of that marriage or partnership are to be known by. This is particularly the case where a parent wishes to revert back to their maiden name or […]

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