A recent Full Court decision granting leave to appeal in property proceedings is a timely reminder that an agreement to divide property following separation should be formalised, no matter how modest the total of the assets is at the time of separation.
In the matter of Slocomb & Hedgewood  FamCA 219, May, Ainslie-Wallace and Johnston JJ considered a … Read more
In Family Law, I often ask my clients to bring with them a document setting out key information in their matter so that I am able to quickly determine the issues involved for them and work out how I may best assist them.
People often ask how one can prepare for an initial consultation with their family lawyer? The answers … Read more
We all know that the definition of domestic and family violence extends well beyond acts of physical violence and/or threats. Each State has their own legislation dealing specifically with domestic violence and in addition, the Family Law Act 1975 defines ‘family violence’ as being any behaviour that ‘coerces or controls a member of the person’s family’ or causes that person … Read more
Parenting decisions under the Family Law Act are to be determined with the best interests of the children being the paramount consideration. When determining what is in the children’s best interests, the Court is mandated to consider a number of primary considerations and additional considerations. The primary considerations are:
- The benefit to the child of having a meaningful relationship with
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As family lawyers, we often hear clients say “why do I need a lawyer? We have already reached an agreement” or “all I need is for the house to be transferred to me, we don’t need a lawyer”.
Whilst this may be the case, it is extremely important to ensure that your property matters are settled once and for all. … Read more
Some of you may laugh, but for those of us who adore our family pet, this is a pertinent question. It is therefore not surprising that in my practice as a family lawyer, I am frequently approached by clients seeking “custody” of their pets when their marriage or de facto relationships has broken down. Given that Australia has the highest … Read more
In the Evanston review Jackie Piliossoph reports in an article titled “Love Essentially – Yoga and Divorce – a Perfect Marriage“ on 25 March 2016 that yoga can be instrumental in getting through a relationship separation.
Piliossoph states that: “there were two types of people in my opinion: those who love yoga and those who have never tried … Read more
Do I have to leave the family home during separation?
The family home, also known as the matrimonial or relationship home, is often the most important and valuable asset that separating parties own.
The family home is not only the most financially valuable asset; it often holds a sentimental value for many people. Further, if there are children involved, the … Read more