Family law and the family home – your options after separating

Published in Uncategorised by on 24 Mar

If you have separated from your spouse or de facto partner, deciding what to do about the family home can raise a whirlwind of emotions. Many memories are often attached to the family home – good and bad – and while some may want to retain the home and all the sentiment that goes with it, others may want nothing more than to move on.

Surrogacy – what you need to know

Published in Company News by on 31 Oct

Surrogacy is the process involving a substitute mother bearing a child on behalf of another person or persons. Altruistic surrogacy arrangements are legal in Australia and can provide benefits for all concerned. Those unable to conceive are given the opportunity to parent a child and the birth mother brings that child into the world.

The importance of financial advice in a family law property settlement

Published in Company News by on 14 Aug

Most property settlements are reached through negotiation, without the need to attend Court.  Agreements reached can then be formally documented through means including a binding financial agreement or consent orders. As a last resort, the parties may need to initiate Court proceedings whereby orders will be made regarding the division of the parties’ property. No matter how a property settlement is reached, it is important to be aware of the financial impact of the proposed agreement before finalising it. Family lawyers often recommend working with a financial advisor to ensure a property settlement delivers an optimum financial outcome for the client. We explain below some of the benefits in working collaboratively with a financial advisor and lawyer.

The family business and property settlements – the importance of valuations

Published in Company News by on 14 Aug

Separating couples involved in a family law property settlement are often under emotional and financial pressure. When one or both parties are involved in a business, this can add additional stress and complexity to the division of property. A business interest, whether held individually or jointly, through a partnership, company or trust, forms part of the asset pool and must be accounted for when dividing property. A formal valuation for the business can help provide clarity and assist the parties to negotiate a financial settlement.

We’re still friends, why do we need a ‘legal’ property settlement?

Published in Company News by on 14 Aug

Many couples separate on amicable terms or may put aside their differences sufficiently enough to resolve matters between them pragmatically.  They may then choose to make informal arrangements regarding the division of their property.  However, the failure to legally document a property settlement is almost always unwise for many reasons, not least of which is that either party remain open to pursue an outcome through the Family Court.