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De Facto or Married?

by Michelle McDermott on May 22, 2015

Michelle McDermott

I read a rather funny article recently by Becky Dickinson on the Parentdish UK website as to why the author does not think that she needs to be married. The reasons may resonate with many of you out there in “Blog Land”.

To clarify, in the UK parties who live together but are not married are called “cohabitees”. Here in … 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

Older Wives being divorced by Younger Husbands

by Michelle McDermott on December 18, 2014

Michelle McDermott

In a rather interesting titbit from my recent reading of what’s happening in the UK family law world, it appears that there is an increasing trend of older, successful wives being divorced by their younger husbands when the women hit middle age. (I could make a quip here that it makes a change from the usual scenario of men trading … Read more

The Pre-Nup that can end a happy marriage

by Michelle McDermott on October 21, 2014

Michelle McDermott

An article recently appeared in the BBC News Magazine which picqued my curiosity with the title "The pre-nuptial agreement that can end a happy marriage".  Now, in my experience in both Australian and in the UK, the drafting of a Financial Agreement prior to commencing either a de facto relationship or entering into marriage can certainly be a confronting exercise for the parties as they … Read more

Young and Divorced

by Peter Magee on January 23, 2013

Peter Magee

In an article called “Young, Beautiful and Divorced” published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 23 September 2012, Nina Karnikowski, discusses divorce of those in their twenties.

Ms Karnikowski states that although “no one enters marriage anticipating divorce, especially not within the first few years,” statistics show that the younger the person marries, the more likely they are to divorce. Read more

Peter Magee
On 27 January 2012, Attorney General Nicola Roxon delivered a media release which stated that as of 1 February 2012 there were to be certificates of no known impediment to marriage issued for same sex couples.

“The important change will allow same sex couples to take part in overseas marriage ceremonies, and be considered married according to the laws of Read more

Is my relationship really over? How to find out.

by Peter Magee on February 28, 2012

Peter Magee

Have you been wondering whether your marriage or de facto relationship is really over? Are you having trouble communicating with your spouse or de facto partner? Before you pull the pin on your relationship completely, perhaps you should consider attending family dispute resolution with your partner. There are many causes for conflict and poor communication in relationships.
Accredited family dispute … Read more

Can a love letter save a marriage?

by Peter Magee on January 17, 2012

Peter Magee
With between 32% and 46% of all Australian marriages ending in divorce, depending on the method of estimation, and similar statistics in some other countries, one postal authority has come up with a novel way to save marriages.

Postal authorities in Beijing have attempted to tackle the soaring divorce rate by sending love letters written by lovers seven years ago. … Read more

Peter Magee
“The instability of marriages and other relationships has been one of the hallmarks of the last quarter of the 20th century” according to a publication of the Australian Institute of Family Studies titled “Diversity and Change in Australian Families: Statistical Profiles”. This study found that between 32% and 46% of all Australian marriages end in divorce, depending on the … Read more

Same sex marriage: is Australia ready to accept it?

by Peter Magee on September 27, 2011

Last year Parliament approved a Greens motion for MPs to consult their constituents about their views on same sex marriage.  It was a motion that was put on the basis that if MP’s were to consult the public on this issue it was believed that there would be wide spread public support for same sex marriage.  The motion was also … Read more