Parenting orders for non-parents – who can apply?

Published in Company News by on 09 Aug

A parenting order is not only designed to apply to parents or guardians of a child, but non-parents may also apply for parenting orders to be able to spend time with, or care for a child. The Family Law Act allows a grandparent, or any other person concerned for the child’s care, welfare, or development to apply for a parenting order.

Tips for getting ready for Family Court

Published in Company News by on 20 Feb

Settling your family law matter in the court system can be stressful, expensive, and most likely, a lengthy process. Understanding the timeline of court directions and procedure will help you prepare for the process. This article provides the most important tips to help make the court process as smooth and productive as possible.

Family Law Property Settlements Is a 50/50 split the starting point?

Published in Company News by on 20 Feb

Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, it is common for separated parties to be unsure and therefore anxious about their entitlements in a property settlement and the assets they are likely to retain. This is only natural given that Family Law is a complicated and emotional area of law which is often poorly understood.

Bankruptcy and family law proceedings

Published in Company News by on 27 Oct

Dividing property after partners separate is generally stressful, with each party concerned about his or her financial future. The bankruptcy of one party adds a further dimension of complexity to a family law property settlement. Even partners whose relationship is intact should seek urgent legal advice if one of them is facing bankruptcy or insolvency issues. This article provides an overview of bankruptcy laws, how property is usually divided after a relationship breaks down, and how the processes interact when one of the parties to a property settlement is bankrupt. Bankruptcy and family law are complex areas and the information in this article is general only. Parties should obtain legal advice relevant to their individual circumstances.

Avoid nasty taxation surprises in family law settlements

Published in Company News by on 27 Oct

There are significant differences in the tax consequences of certain family law related actions particularly when negotiating property settlement outcomes. Unique opportunities in the family law environment can enable a couple to lawfully restructure wealth while avoiding, or minimising, the hefty tax and revenue consequences. Conversely, concluding a family law property settlement only to discover adverse and unintended tax consequences is the last thing anyone wants. Naturally this area is very complex and each person needs to seek their own advice to ascertain their own tax implications from an experienced family law expert.

Things to consider when partners separate

Published in Company News by on 26 Aug

Do you have a friend or relative who has just separated?  If so, the information below should help. What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law refers to an irretrievable breakdown of a marriage or irreconcilable breakdown of a de facto relationship (which also includes same sex couples). There is no need or ability to register a separation under Australian Family Law. Separation is a fact which must be proven if it is disputed by the other party at a later time.