Can I secretly record my spouse?

Published in Company News by on 25 Oct

We’ve all had times when we can’t recall a conversation someone else swears we had. Often, one person in a relationship is more adamant about their memory than the other person. Usually, those mini-disputes are minor blips in an intact relationship. But what if it’s no longer an intact relationship? What if the “he said/ she said” dispute becomes part of family law proceedings?

What to expect when you attend compulsory Family Dispute Resolution

Published in Company News by on 06 Sep

Separating couples should make reasonable attempts to agree on the future living arrangements, care and responsibility for their children. Family law legislation provides that dispute resolution is compulsory, save where extenuating circumstances exist, before parenting orders can be made. Accordingly, unless exempt, parties wishing to proceed to the Family Court for parenting orders must first provide a certificate (ordinarily issued after unsuccessful dispute resolution) stating that they have attempted dispute resolution. This is required even if there are existing orders with respect to a child for which amended or additional orders are sought.

The duty of disclosure and family law property proceedings

Published in Company News by on 06 Sep

The division of assets after couples have separated can be finalised by financial agreement, consent orders or proceedings in the Family Court. The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) requires parties to make genuine efforts to resolve disputes. This is underlined in Schedule 1 of the Family Law Rules 2004. Parties must participate in dispute resolution, explore options for settlement and comply, as far as practicable, with the duty of full and frank disclosure.

Risks of purchasing property after separation and before financial settlement

Published in Company News by on 06 Sep

If you have recently separated and wish to move on with your financial matters, it is important to close off on your previous property affairs with your ex-partner first. Whilst it might be tempting to purchase real estate or other assets, particularly if you find a ‘great buy’, there can be issues if you do so before finalising property matters with your ex.