The first step in working through a property settlement is to identify the asset pool of the parties; that is, all the property of the parties. This includes property in sole and/or joint names, property held in corporate entities, trusts and superannuation interests. Once the asset pool has been … Read more about What is a Single Expert Witness in Property Matters?
Unfortunately, inheritance is not a protected asset or property in family law matters when married spouses or de facto partners separate. Due to the broad discretion afforded to the Family Law Courts in Australia, the treatment of inheritances can be a vexed issue in property settlement … Read more about Is my inheritance protected after separation or divorce?
When your matter is listed in either the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Family Court of Western Australia, often the court orders will indicate the matter is listed for “mention only” (court mention) or “directions only” (directions hearing). When people see … Read more about What is a directions hearing or court mention?
An Independent Children’s Lawyer (“ICL”) is a lawyer appointed by the Court to represent the best interest of a child in parenting matters during family law proceedings. Unlike ordinary lawyer-client relationships, an Independent Children’s Lawyer will not necessarily act on the instructions of a … Read more about What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?
The choice of school your child attends is one of the major long-term decisions that is to be made by both parents. Unless the Family Court has made an Order to the contrary, both parents are required to consult with one another and consent to the choice or any change of a child’s school. This … Read more about Separated parents and choosing your child’s school
Opinion piece With the global pandemic bringing border closures (both state and international), changing work situations (including more people taking part in fly-in/fly-out work than ever before), we’ve seen more and more parents spending longer periods of time away from their children, for work … Read more about Parenting from afar
The purpose of “Men’s Behaviour Change courses” is to initiate a change process in men's behaviour and provide a forum for exploring and challenging beliefs. Within this, there is a focus on making men accountable for their violence toward family members. Men’s behaviour change courses are aimed … Read more about Benefits of a Men’s Behaviour Change program in family law matters
Aside from the family home, superannuation has become one, if not the most valuable asset accumulated by individuals during their working life. In this blog, we look at how superannuation is treated in family law property settlement and the concept of superannuation splitting after separation or … Read more about Family law and superannuation splitting