Enjoying a stress-free Christmas with children after separation or divorce
Family Law
On the surface, Christmas is one of the happiest, most magical times of the year – filled with love, laughter...
Good Wills Hunting: Risks of using DIY Will-Kits
Family Law
Think you’re sorted if you prepared your own Will using a Will-kit from the newsagency, or one you downloaded from...
Does getting married revoke your Will?
Family Law
Although many of us suffer from the illusion that life goes on forever, most of us are also smart enough...
Same Sex Marriage Reforms and your Will
Family Law
The recent amendments to the Marriage Act, that came into effect as of 9 December 2017, may have inadvertently revoked your Will. For couples in the ACT, getting married automatically revokes any Will you have in place before marriage – unless your Will specifically states that it was made in contemplation of marriage. There are similar laws in other states...
Christmas is a good time to discuss who will take care of your pet if you pass away…
Family Law
Christmas is a time for family, right? Well, it is for most of us. It’s a time to get together over a meal, and a few drinks, and talk about how little Joey and Suzie have grown. According to Michelle Gold, Wills and Estates specialist at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, it is also a time to consider some of the more...
The risks of self diagnosed legal advice
Family Law
We live in the Information Age, where access to previously unobtainable information is available at the stroke of a key. We look to the world wide web to answer every question and now with the rise of YouTube and video blogs, we can be experts in just about anything. A very common example of this, one I am sure we...
A taxing time: family law and stamp duty
Family Law
Many factors go into working out how best to divide assets following the breakdown of a relationship. One factor that can be overlooked in negotiations is the taxation consequences of a proposed division. It is important to understand how stamp duty in particular applies to family law settlements. Stamp Duty is a tax levied by State and Territory governments. Typically...
I can’t afford to fund my family law litigation – what can I do?
Family Law
This is a common question faced by many people who separate. Litigation can be expensive and it is not uncommon for one person to control most of the parties' wealth in a relationship. In this situation, the person who does not have control of the parties' wealth or who earns a much lower income than the other party, is at...
What is equal shared parental responsibility anyway?
Family Law
The Family Law Act requires that, when a Court is making a decision about parenting orders after separation, it must apply a presumption of "equal shared parental responsibility" (ESPR), unless there has been abuse or family violence. Sometimes parents think that this is a presumption in favour of "equal time" or week about arrangements after separation. That is not the...
What is spousal maintenance?
Family Law
'In certain circumstances, a person may be liable to provide ongoing financial support to their former spouse or de-facto partner following separation. This is called 'spousal maintenance'. How is Spousal Maintenance determined? The Court looks at two main factors when determining an application for spousal maintenance, including: 1. Does the Applicant have a need for financial support? In other words,...
Financial support for adult “children”
December 2015 Issue 111
'You might remember 'Failure to Launch' as a bad romantic comedy film. If you haven't seen the film, all you need to know is it that it is about a thirty-something guy who lives with his parents and relies financially on them. Regardless of the quality of the film, the subject matter is not too remote from the reality of...
The risks of informal property settlements
Family Law
"It may be tempting when you separate simply to sell up and divide what you have. Sometimes people enter into what we refer to as an interim (temporary) agreement to divide some of what they have (for example, the proceeds of sale of a matrimonial home) and deal with other matters (for example,superannuation) later. There are risks of both final...
Financial Agreements – It’s all about timing
Family Law
In the July issue of B2B, my colleague Alison Osmand, provides an important summary of why a Financial Agreement (also known as a "prenuptial agreement") might be good for some relationships. Alison's article is timely in light of a recent decision handed down in the Family Court of Australia. In the decision of Raleigh & Raleigh, handed down on 30...
Child support – when, how and why?
Family Law
When does an obligation for child support arise? A legal obligation to pay child support arises when: 1. The Child Support Agency issues an administrative assessment for one parent (or party) to pay child support to the other. An administrative assessment by the Agency deals only with "periodic child support", that is, child support that is paid each week, fortnight,...
Why a “Pre-nup” (or Post-nup) might be good for your relationship
August 2015 Issue 107
Divorce rates are on the rise. These days, couples are bringing more to the table than ever before. They stay at home with their parents for longer, marry later and start families later. Nowadays, people are more attuned to the idea of having a choice about how their financial affairs will be dealt with, in the event of a relationship...
Redundancy and separation
Expert Advice
Redundancies, both voluntary and involuntary, are a very common occurrence in Canberra in recent times. Many people view them as a fresh start, a means of paying down debt such as mortgages, and a way forward into their future. This is particularly the case if a redundancy occurs shortly after a separation. Incorrectly, many people who receive redundancies after separation...
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