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Collaborative law: Could it work for your divorce?

by Peter Magee on March 28, 2011

Peter MageeSeveral of our family lawyers have recently completed collaborative law training, with the rest of the Armstrong Legal family lawyers to be trained within the next few months.

Collaborative law is a new method for resolving disputes.  It is not litigation, nor is it mediation.  Rather, collaborative law involves each party having their own lawyer and the two clients and … Read more

Mediate or go to court? The pros and cons.

by Peter Magee on December 31, 2010

I am all in favour of parties to a dispute reaching an agreement about the outcome rather than letting the courts decide.  Particularly in family law matters where children are involved or people’s financial futures hang in the balance, in most cases it seems illogical to hand responsibility for decisions about these things over to a third party, like a … Read more

Douglas’ ex clashing over Wall Street cash

by Kate Marr on November 26, 2010

Kate Marr, Family LawyerIt was recorded in The West Australian recently that Michael Douglas’ role in the sequel to Wall Street had reopened property proceedings in relation to his divorce from Diandra Douglas that was finalised in 2000.

Diandra Douglas filed an application in a New York Court claiming she is entitled to half of Michael Douglas’ earnings from “Wall Street: Money Never … Read more

Surrogacy laws passed through NSW Parliament

by Peter Magee on November 22, 2010

Laws giving parents of children born through surrogacy legal recognition have been passed by NSW parliament.  Under these laws, couples will be able to apply to the court for orders which recognise their parental responsibility for children born though surrogacy.  Previously such rights were only able to be recognised through either adoption or a sharing of parental responsibility.

The new … Read more

Why lawyers hate prenups

by Peter Magee on November 19, 2010

A recent article by Janet Fife-Weomans in the Daily Telegraph suggests that up to one in ten couples is locking their wealth away from loved ones with a prenuptial agreement.

Prenuptial agreements have only been available in Australia for approximately ten years and while I agree with Ms Fife-Weomans reporting in the article that ‘there used to be a trickle … Read more

Pre-nup: Do you really need one?

by Peter Magee on November 12, 2010

For the record I am against prenuptial agreements.

I have clients come to me and say, “I would like a pre-nuptial agreement.  I just want what’s fair.”  My reflex response as a family lawyer is to say, “Let’s set the record straight.  If you just wanted what was fair you wouldn’t need the pre-nuptial agreement. What you want is an … Read more