Family Law Matters: As Unique As Fingerprints

When one hears of a family law case, there might be an immediate association with divorce, custody battles, or property disputes. The reality, however, is far more nuanced. Just as every fingerprint is unique, with whirls and patterns distinctly its own, each family law case carries its exclusive narrative, complexities, and intricacies. The Intricacies of Family Dynamics Family […]

Applying for Divorce 

Applying for Divorce in Australia In Australia, a ‘no-fault’ system is adopted for divorce cases. The single justification for divorce is the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of a marriage, indicative of no real possibility of reconciliation. Jurisdiction to order the dissolution of marriage is held by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) under the Family Law Act […]

What are my Child Support Options?

Child support payments cover reasonable living expenses of a child. For example, food, housing and accommodation, clothing, school fees and medical expenses. Child support can be formalised through a private agreement between the parties. This can come in the form of a Binding Child Support Agreement, or a Limited Child Support Agreement. Binding Child Support […]

Will my inheritance be included in the property settlement?

When you are separating, your assets and liabilities will be divided between the parties, referred to as a property settlement. If an inheritance is received by one of the parties, the way it is dealt with in a property settlement is dependent on the circumstances of the case. It is a common misconception that inheritances […]

How long does property settlement take in Australia?

What is involved in a property settlement? Unfortunately, there is no simple way to determine how property should be divided, and it depends on the relationship’s circumstances. Our experienced family lawyers are here to help to explain this process and assess your circumstances to help you understand your entitlements for a property settlement. In summary, the […]

International Property Settlement

International Relationships In our modern, highly diversified world, it is not uncommon for parties to a relationship to have lived in more than one country, or to have assets in both Australia and overseas.  You might be an American immigrant with a 401K in the US, a Chinese permanent resident with assets in Singapore and […]

7 Essential Things to Consider When Separating

Note down your Separation date The separation date will be relevant to property settlement, in the sense of whether contributions were made before or after separation. It is also needed when applying for a divorce. De facto couples have 2 years from the date of separation to deal with their property matters. For married couples, […]

What to do before you apply for Parenting Orders

How do I apply for parenting orders? Did you know there are certain things you need to do before applying for parenting orders? These are referred to as pre-action procedures. The pre-action procedure applies to: anyone considering starting a case anyone named as a respondent if a case is started, and their lawyers (if any). […]

What are Parenting Orders and who can apply?

Things To Consider When Applying for Parenting Orders Parenting orders are orders made by the court regarding a child. The matters which may be dealt with by parenting orders include: The person/s with whom a child is to live; the time a child is to spend with another person or other persons; the allocation of […]

What is spousal maintenance?

Do I have to support my former spouse financially after we separate? Under the Family Law Act 1975, a person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse or former de facto partner, if that person cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their personal income or assets. In determining whether or not to grant an […]

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