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Don’t Get A Nasty Shock About Your Financial Exposure When Your Marriage Ends

It never ceases to amaze me how many of our clients have consulted other experts – be it financial advisors, accountants or commercial lawyers – with the clients expecting these experts to understand how family law intersects with wealth protection. … Continue reading

Attorney General Christian Porter commended the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of parties) Bill 2018

Earlier this week, Attorney General Christian Porter commended the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of parties) Bill 2018 to the House of Representatives and this initiative is supported by many in the legal profession.  The Family Law Section … Continue reading

Just when you thought it was safe to travel with your kids……….

Imagine, you have been through the stress of a Family Court dispute, orders have been made about your kids, life seems to arranging itself to the new normal and you decide to take your children on a lovely holiday to … Continue reading

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court to Merge says Attorney General

Attorney-General Christian Porter today announced that the Family Court of Australia will be merged with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia establishing a new single Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) from 1 January 2019, ahead of the … Continue reading

Prostitute gets less than she bargained for in Family Law Matter

The recent Family Court case of Higgins & Higgins addressed a unique situation in which the Applicant Husband, Mr Higgins, had initially engaged the Respondent Wife, Ms Higgins, as an escort and married her a number of years later. In … Continue reading

Who pays the Capital Gains Tax when a couple decides to separate?

  Many of our clients have a broad range of assets including investment properties and share portfolios. If you have separated from your partner, it is very important for you to understand the tax consequences which may flow from selling … Continue reading

My Former Partner has Control of All Our Assets! What do I do?

In many family law cases, one party has control over all of the assets and liabilities of the marriage or de facto relationship. This situation can leave the other party in a vulnerable and stressful position as the spouse in … Continue reading

Greater Protections for those experiencing family violence

On 29 March 2018 further amendments were made to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) creating greater protections for those within our community experiencing family violence. These amendments formed part of the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017.  Of … Continue reading

What if I have met someone?

If you are leaving a relationship because you have found someone else to be with and want a future with them, it goes without saying that this may not make you the best messenger about separation. Clients often ask me … Continue reading

My former partner and I reconciled after our property settlement was finalised… Now we’ve separated again. Is my property settlement still valid?

Sometimes, even after separated couples have entered into a binding family law property settlement, they may decide to get back together. The problem is, clients who decide to reconcile with their former partner after they have finalised their property matters … Continue reading