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Peter Magee

Since amendments to the Family Law Act became effective in 2009, the Family Law Courts have had the power to make orders regarding the division of a de facto couple’s property following the breakdown of their relationship. When determining who gets what, the Court considers the same factors that it takes into account when making orders regarding married couples.

But … Read more

Peter Magee

How far ahead of a wedding should couples enter into a Financial Agreement in order for it to be binding? The recent Federal Circuit Court of Australia case of Parkes & Parkes [2014] FCCA 102 is right on point to answer this question.

In Parkes, the wife argued that the Financial Agreement she signed three days before her wedding day … Read more

Peter Magee

In May 2014, ninemsn reported that: “A Queensland man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will have his name removed from their children’s birth certificates in a first for the state.”

The article called, “Gay couple will both be listed as child’s parents” reports that the biological mother’s de facto partner, not the biological father, will be recorded as … Read more