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Who gets the dog

By Damien Bowen | 15 May 2017

When parties to a marriage or de facto relationship separate, there may be a dispute about who keeps the family pet. Whether it is Gordon the goldfish, Cuddles the cat or Fido the loyal family dog, the question is – how does the Family Court treat pets in divorce proceedings. For most separated couples, it […]

Time Limitations in Family Law – When the Clock Starts Ticking!

By Anna Westphal | 12 May 2017

Separation can be a highly emotional time. You may go through the stages of grief, and worry about what arrangements will be made for your children. Although sorting out your financial issues may not be your priority, it is important to know how long you have from a family law perspective. De Facto Couples De […]

Your child support options explained

By Michelle Rydzewski | 13 April 2017

Child Support Agency The role of the Child Support Agency (CSA) is to administer a scheme which ensures that children receive adequate financial support from both parents following separation. The CSA can assist with calculating how much child support should be paid and, if necessary, facilitate the collection and transfer of child support payments. When […]

Thinking of separating?

By Katie Buck | 23 March 2017

When a couple separate or one party decides the relationship is over there are a number of decisions that need to be made and practicalities that need to be considered. Decisions such as: Will you stay in the house together or will one of you move out? How will living expenses be paid? Who will […]

Things to think about when preparing a Financial Agreement

By Kimberley Morrison | 20 March 2017

A Financial Agreement is commonly known as a “prenuptial agreement”. Both de facto and married couples can enter into Financial Agreements either before they commence living together or get married, or afterwards. Financial Agreement can make provision for how the assets and financial resources of the parties will be dealt with during the relationship and […]

What happens if the bank account has been cleaned out?

By Damien Bowen | 17 March 2017

A question a family lawyer is often asked is: what happens if my partner empties the joint account and spends the money? Does he or she have to give it back, or is it taken into account in some way? When a couple separates, emotions are often highly charged and behaviour can be unpredictable. What […]

Four common mistakes in property settlement negotiations

By Nicola Jansen | 15 March 2017

1. Not getting advice EARLY I understand that people may not want to “get lawyers involved” after separation. Honestly though, this is often a big mistake. How can you negotiate a settlement if you do not understand how the Family Law system works, or the specifics of how superannuation is treated? Most firms offer an […]

Interview by the College of Law

By Catherine Leach | 08 February 2017

In 2012 I completed my Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) through the College of Law, which enabled me to study Family Law at a much deeper level and proved to be a really useful and practical course. Recently I was privileged to be interviewed by the College of Law for their Insights section. Read […]

Valuations in the Family Court

By Damien Bowen | 30 January 2017

In cases in the Family Court involving property, one of the first things your lawyer will ask you is to help draw up a list of assets and liabilities. You are likely to be handed, and asked to help fill out, a document which lists assets and liabilities under various headings such as: real estate; […]

Everything is in!

By Chantelle McGarvie | 23 January 2017

People are often confused about what assets and liabilities are taken into account by the Family Court when it comes to working out a property settlement following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship.  It is common for parties to hold assets in the names of other entities, and assume that those assets […]