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Family Lawyers: Who’s Right For You?

Family law is a highly specialised field of legal practice most commonly dealing with divorce, separation and child custody cases. A skilled specialist family lawyer is also equipped to handle financial agreements, adoption, domestic violence, property settlements and more. Your lawyer should not only represent you with the utmost professionalism, but also be a confidant …

Where to Turn After Domestic Violence

At Leach Legal we take a firm stance that all forms of domestic violence are unacceptable. Our Perth family law firm is dedicated to helping domestic abuse survivors navigate the often-intimidating Court system after separating from an abusive partner. We act for both men and women who have experienced domestic abuse. An experienced domestic violence …

The Finances of Divorce

Separation proceedings are complicated, often with a lot of emotion weighing into agreements about asset division and financial transactions. As divorce lawyers in Perth we see every day how emotion can interfere with practical financial solutions. It is therefore our job to be in your corner fighting for what is fair and reasonable. Otherwise divorce …

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Property and Financial Settlement

When a relationship breaks down there are a lot of loose ends. There’s living arrangements, child support and parenting arrangements, and of course the division of property and assets. Property and financial settlement lawyers in Perth can help separating couples negotiate the muddy waters of “who gets what”. Even the friendliest separations require a proper …

Children and Education

Going through a divorce or separation? Here is how a child custody lawyer in Perth can help you. We know it can be difficult for ex-partners to find common ground when it comes to major decisions. Your child’s best interests should be your top priority. Leach Legal are here to help, providing advice and support …

Same sex, Divorce, Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage and How It Changes Family Law Proceedings

In December 2017, Australia became the 26th country to legalise same-sex nuptials with an amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 that redefined marriage as non-gender specific. Since then, same-sex couples have been recognised as married under the Family Law Act 1975. This includes “pre-commencement” couples married overseas before the legislation changed. In the short time …

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Positive Parenting Post Separation

Separations are emotionally and physically draining at the best of times. When children are involved things can get more complicated; not only do you need to look out for yourself during the difficult transition but also your child. Both before and after separation it is important to be mindful of how the separation is affecting …

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Who Gets The Children On Father’s Day?

As Perth family lawyers, we often get asked about who gets the kids on Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. With Father’s Day just around the corner again, now is a good time to start thinking about care arrangements that give your children the chance to share the day with Dad. There is no universal rule …

Protecting Your Business from Divorce

Nobody goes into marriage – or business – expecting it to end badly. However, if the Family Court determines your ex-partner had a material impact on growing your business you could be facing a large payout or worse. Divorce can have damaging effects for small business owners, especially if the separation comes unexpectedly some years …

International Travel in a Separated Family

International travel can be a source of stress for separated families if one party does not consent to the trip. Even if your separation is amicable it is important you are prepared as a single parent travelling with your child. Getting a passport If your child does not currently have a passport both parents will …

Who Gets What? Common Misconceptions

There are no universal rules for dividing assets after separation. In Australia the family law system is discretionary meaning despite what you may have read or heard it is not as simple as dividing property and financial assets 50/50. Property settlements aim to reflect what is fair for both parties. Reaching an agreement without the …

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Why It’s Worth the Effort to Keep Your Separation Amicable

Separation is not fun. Life as you know it may no longer exist, and your world can be turned upside down in an instant. Everything that was certain and stable suddenly looks quite different. Calm heads and logic are sometimes overtaken by emotions which can make a difficult process even longer and more arduous. The …

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Child Support Agreements: Are you paying too much?

Amendments to the Child Support Act (Assessment) 1989 came into effect on 1 July 2018. The amendments apply retrospectively, so affect both new Child Support Agreement and those entered into before the amendments came into effect. If you currently have a legally binding Child Support Agreement with your ex-partner, the amendments may have a major …

Let Them Speak: Give Your Child A Voice In Court

During a separation, it can be very easy to get wrapped up in negativity where the care of your child is concerned. These feelings during a child custody dispute are only natural. We can often become overly-emotional and forget how much the separation affects our child. It’s therefore imperative to provide children with the opportunity …

How to prepare for your first legal meeting

During your first meeting with your lawyer, it’s important that you walk away feeling confident and at ease with the process. Your lawyer is there to help you navigate through this difficult time, and the expert team at Leach Legal have put together several tips to help you get the most out of your initial …

Divorce declining – the latest statistics

Divorce rates in Perth are declining, and there are a number of factors involved. Society is ever-changing, and while approximately one third of marriages end in divorce, there are contributing factors as to why the remaining two thirds of married couples go the distance. To begin with, less people are getting married and, in particular, …

Stress on relationships due to increasing debt

Debt and financial trouble is one of the leading causes of stress in a relationship. It can feel as if there is no hope, and that there is no way out. There are many reasons why couples get into debt. In Perth, there is currently a growing number of couples defaulting on loan agreements and …

Getting the most out of mediation

Mediation is a trusted and proven process. For many, it can be a quick and cost-effective way to resolve your dispute. Being prepared for the joint session is key.  There are no guarantees you will achieve the outcome you desire but if you approach it correctly, there is more chance that the outcome will be …

Some tips on maintaining privacy and security post separation

Separation can be a difficult time. There can be many things you need to deal with which can be overwhelming. Privacy and security are issues that you should address as soon as possible. These issues are extremely important in matters involving family violence because the risk of violence is elevated during this time. Here are …

Living together post-divorce

For many couples who are facing divorce, securing two separate homes might not always be financially possible – at least straight away. In these cases, the separating spouses must navigate this new living arrangement while no longer being in a relationship. Following the divorce process, family lawyers are aware that this difficult and emotionally draining …

The impact of FIFO work commitments on your relationship

The fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) lifestyle certainly has its challenges, but the old opinion that FIFO families are more likely to face separation and divorce just isn’t true. Studies conducted focusing on the impact of this type of working life have found that married couples that have one spouse working away as a FIFO worker are …

Parenting Arrangements for Easter

The smell of hot cross buns, the wonderful arrays of colourful Easter eggs, the blissful encounters with the fluffy Easter Bunny, and the excitement of Easter egg hunts are some of your children’s favourite things over the Easter break. It is a holiday that the children usually love and look forward to every year. Nonetheless, …

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Why Should we do a Financial Settlement now?

Many people separate and in the interests of remaining amicable work out some temporary arrangements and then wait and see what happens. Neither party get legal advice and they do what they think is sensible and practical and usually what works best for their family. “I don’t need legal advice, we can work through this …

Separating-and-Settling-Amicably

Separating and Settling Amicably

So, you’ve made the difficult decision to split up. Whether you are ending a marriage or a de-facto relationship, breaking up is never easy and there is much to be sorted out. Every situation is different and you’ll want to get a good divorce lawyer or de-facto relationship lawyer in Perth to guide you through …

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Maintain Back to School Routine After Holiday Divorce

Maintaining a school routine is difficult at the best of times for happily married or cohabiting couples. Throw a messy divorce, particularly one that has happened over the holidays, into the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster. Emotions are high and everyone is on edge, and the smallest thing can often kick …

Starting a New Chapter

Starting a New Chapter

The presents are unwrapped, the Christmas tree is put away and you have somehow managed to survive the mayhem of the holiday season. Now, the New Year is upon you and reality sinks in once again. For many people the New Year is a time to reflect on their family and relationships and start a …

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But What About My Furbaby

Most people regard their pets as members of their family and love them unconditionally. Many people assume that if they separated from their spouse and there was a disagreement about who keeps the family pet, the Family Court of Western Australia would impose “custody” arrangements as they do for children’s matters. In making decisions about …

Before your reach for your mobile phone

Before You Reach for Your Mobile Phone….

So, you are currently a party in proceedings before the Family Court of Western Australia.  The process has been very emotional and stressful and your relationship with your former partner is very strained.  You are doing your best to ensure the best for your children, but you have some real concerns about the behaviour of …

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The Dangers of DIY Wills

There are many do-it-yourself kits available that can assist you to prepare your own Will.  This may sound like the perfect solution to what you consider to be a very simple matter. However, preparing your own Will can be risky business as you may not include all important matters within your Will and you may …

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Collaboration vs. Courtroom

There are a lot of incorrect assumptions when it comes to divorce and separation. One common misconception is that once you separate in order to finalise a property settlement you must go to court, this is entirely incorrect. It is only one method of dispute resolution but there are many others that are known as …

Harmonious Arrangements During Christmas

How do you make sure that you, your ex and your children still have an enjoyable and harmonious time over Christmas? Perhaps you don’t want to go through a Perth Child Custody Law Firm. When you are planning your Christmas, just remember that everything looks better in the D.A.W.N light: D – istract yourself with …

Affects of Divorce on Children

How is Divorce Affecting your Children?

We know that divorce affects children. What we do to help children adjust plays a large role in how they cope successfully. The first step is to know how divorce affects children. Babies You may think that babies under eight months old don’t notice a difference, but they pick up on changes in your mood …

Who gets what in divorce

Who Gets What?

Divorce is difficult for many reasons: hurt feelings, loss, adjustments to parental roles. However, don’t underestimate the strain of dividing property – both possessions and finances. Even if you feel that you don’t have much to divide, there may be a lot that you don’t consider. All of your household possessions, any money you have …

Affects of Social Media and technology

Knowing the impacts of social media, technology & the internet

These days there are great risks associated with technology and the internet which may not even cross your mind following separation or when initiating Family Law proceedings. Social Media The impact of online media on your privacy and security may be part of the initial discussions your lawyer has with you to warn you about …

Recovering from Divorce

Start Your Recovery Now

Relationship breakdowns and divorce are never easy. It’s even more difficult if it was a surprise to you, or if your ex is moving on more quickly than you. The end of a relationship brings mixed emotions, and grief is often involved. It’s important to remember that grief requires recovery. Grieving Yes, you are grieving.  …

Divorce Lawyer Resolution

Can My Divorce Lawyer Represent Both Parties?

The goal for many couples is to finalise their arrangements, efficiently and amicably. They work hard to agree on the terms of their settlement, including any child custody arrangements and want to resolve the legal paperwork as painlessly and as cost-efficiently as possible. Often they will assume that to make things smoother (and more cost-effective) …

How to handle separation in a De Facto Relationship

De Facto Relationships: How to Handle a Tough Situation

De facto couples have almost all the same rights as married couples. The Family Court Act recognises the existence of a de facto relationship whether the partners are heterosexual or same-sex, or even if one or both of them are legally married to someone else. In Western Australia, de facto couples are presently unable to …

Considerations in choosing a family lawyer

How to Choose a Family Lawyer for your Child Custody Matter

Relationship breakdowns are challenging – even more so when children are involved. No matter your personal opinion on how or why your relationship ended, keeping your children’s best interests at heart should be at the forefront of every decision you make. Don’t rush out and engage the first Family Lawyer in Perth you see. We …

Difference between an Annulment and a Divorce

What is the Difference Between an Annulment and a Divorce?

Here at Leach Legal we help our clients with a range of legal matters relating to family law. We are frequently asked to explain the difference between a divorce and an annulment. Divorce and annulments are two different legal decrees spouses may seek once they have decided to end their marriage. These two legal decrees …

Factors leading to divorce

What Triggers a Divorce?

With almost 33% of all Australian marriages likely to end in divorce and countless more relationships falling by the way side, how do you avoid your relationship breaking down? From our extensive experience there are few key events that seem to result in a spike in divorce rates. A common trend that sparks a family …

Is the Family Court Doomed?

According to a recent announcement by Attorney-General Christian Porter, the Family Court of Australia will be merged with the Federal Circuit to form the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA).   This sweeping change will result in the two Courts being administered out of one Court rather than the two completely separate systems that …

Super in De Facto Relationships

Super in De Facto Relationships

Superannuation splitting in de facto relationships has been problematic in Australia’s financial and legal climate for some time. Last year, Catherine Leach, Director of Perth’s largest Family Law firm, discussed with Chanel Nine News the need for the legislation to change. Today, the bill is under review in Federal Parliament, and if this legislation passes, …

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10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Family Lawyer

When facing a divorce, one of the first questions that springs to mind is “how do I find a good lawyer?” Knowing how to choose a divorce lawyer that will provide you with the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford and be the right fit for your situation, isn’t an easy …

Debunking and analysing Divorce Myths

Debunking Divorce Myths

Divorce has the potential of bringing out the worst in people. How many times have you heard people say, “it was hard enough leaving, now we have to sort the finances, it’s a nightmare”? Although you may start proceedings amicably, it can sometimes quickly descend into a “he said / she said” nightmare. Our goal …

Mediation Process through divorce explained

What Does the Mediation Process Involve?

Mediation can be a useful process to resolve family law disputes – even in complex and high conflict cases. At Leach Legal, we often partake in mediations and have a high success rate. The actual mediation process is not set in concrete, as the process is tailored to suit the needs of the parties. However, …

Mediation Process through divorce explained

Binding Financial Agreements – Thorne v Kennedy Decision

A decision on binding financial agreements from the High Court of Australia in the case Thorne v Kennedy was handed down  on 8 November 2017. Concern has been expressed that this “means the end of Binding Financial Agreements – Binding Financial Agreements will no longer be enforced”. This is far from the case. Facts of …

common FAQs about divorce

8 common FAQs about divorce

Frequently Asked Questions On Divorce As experienced divorce lawyers, we often give our best divorce application advice when talking with our clients face-to-face. Recently we were faced with the question: ‘What are your best pieces of advice for going through a divorce?’ and we realised that often lawyers don’t give their clients all of their …

Pros and cons of Prenuptial agreement

Do The Benefits Of A Prenuptial Agreement Outweigh The Risks?

In Western Australia, a “prenup” is referred to as a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA). Many couples discuss the option of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married. One question we often get is whether the mutual benefits of entering into a prenup outweighs the risks associated if you decide to separate. Pros of …

What Are The Rights Of Grandparents after divorce

What Are The Rights Of Grandparents?

Sometimes grandparents are stopped from having, or continuing, a relationship with their grandchildren because of a breakdown in their relationship with their own child or the child’s other parent, unfortunately if this occurs the grandparents do not have an automatic right to have a relationship with a grandchild. However, if your child and/or their partner …

What Are My Same-Sex De Facto Relationship Rights?

Australia is still awaiting marriage equality, however same-sex couples do have many rights from a family law perspective. Same-sex relationships can be classified as “de facto relationships” if they satisfy certain criteria. Just like heterosexual de facto couples, same-sex de factos may apply to the Family Court for a property settlement. They can also seek …

Who gets the dog

When parties to a marriage or de facto relationship separate, there may be a dispute about who keeps the family pet. Whether it is Gordon the goldfish, Cuddles the cat or Fido the loyal family dog, the question is – how does the Family Court treat pets in divorce proceedings. For most separated couples, it …

Time Limitations in Family Law – When the Clock Starts Ticking!

Separation can be a highly emotional time. You may go through the stages of grief, and worry about what arrangements will be made for your children. Although sorting out your financial issues may not be your priority, it is important to know how long you have from a family law perspective. De Facto Couples De …

Your Child Support Options Explained

Child Support Agency The role of the Child Support Agency (CSA) is to administer a scheme which ensures that children receive adequate financial support from both parents following separation. The CSA can assist with calculating how much child support should be paid and, if necessary, facilitate the collection and transfer of child support payments. When …

Thinking of separating?

When a couple separate or one party decides the relationship is over there are a number of decisions that need to be made and practicalities that need to be considered. Decisions such as: Will you stay in the house together or will one of you move out? How will living expenses be paid? Who will …

Things to think about when preparing a Financial Agreement

A Financial Agreement is commonly known as a “prenuptial agreement”. Both de facto and married couples can enter into Financial Agreements either before they commence living together or get married, or afterwards. Financial Agreement can make provision for how the assets and financial resources of the parties will be dealt with during the relationship and …

What Happens If The Bank Account Has Been Cleaned Out?

A question a family lawyer is often asked is: what happens if my partner empties the joint account and spends the money? Does he or she have to give it back, or is it taken into account in some way? When a couple separates, emotions are often highly charged and behaviour can be unpredictable. What …

Four Common Mistakes in Property Settlement Negotiations

1. Not getting advice EARLY I understand that people may not want to “get lawyers involved” after separation. Honestly though, this is often a big mistake. How can you negotiate a settlement if you do not understand how the Family Law system works, or the specifics of how superannuation is treated? Most firms offer an …

Interview by the College of Law

In 2012 I completed my Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) through the College of Law, which enabled me to study Family Law at a much deeper level and proved to be a really useful and practical course. Recently I was privileged to be interviewed by the College of Law for their Insights section. Read …

Valuations in the Family Court

In cases in the Family Court involving property, one of the first things your lawyer will ask you is to help draw up a list of assets and liabilities. You are likely to be handed, and asked to help fill out, a document which lists assets and liabilities under various headings such as: real estate; …

Everything Is In!

People are often confused about what assets and liabilities are taken into account by the Family Court when it comes to working out a property settlement following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship.  It is common for parties to hold assets in the names of other entities, and assume that those assets …

Think before you text, tweet, snap or update your status

In the last month the media have reported that divorce lawyers could “soon” gain access to the web, phone and email use of every person in Australia.  Privacy advocates and others have criticised the possible move to change data retention laws as intrusive. Under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Australian phone and internet …

What Do I Do When The Law Firms Are Closed?

Christmas and the New Year period are often times of great stress, and often that stress becomes too much and people decide to end their relationships. But what can you do when the law firms are closed over the Christmas/New Year period? If your matter is urgent, the following institutions are available: The Family Court, …

Can I help you achieve a family law property settlement?

Yes, I can and the best way for that to occur is by working together. So, to quote Jerry Maguire: “help me help you!” To do this, you need to understand how you can help me provide you with the best advice possible. Now before you ‘turn-off’ and say to yourself: “This isn’t what I …

Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Transferring Property without Legal Advice When couples mutually decide to separate, they also often try to divide their assets and liabilities without seeking legal advice regarding their future vulnerabilities such as the tax implications resulting from their financial settlement. In the end, failing to obtain legal advice can be an extremely costly exercise particularly if …

What are your plans this Christmas?

With just under 2 months until we deck the halls with holly and wait for the big guy in the red suit to squeeze down the chimney, now is the time to consider the arrangements for your children over the Christmas period. If you and your former partner cannot agree on arrangements for this Christmas, …

Stress and separation

When I was a law student, I learned a valuable lesson in stress management. I had a large assignment which I had helpfully left until the last minute. Burning some midnight oil, I was tidying up my footnotes when my monitor froze, and then went black. A reboot proved that all of my work had …

Lawyers and Legal Costs

I would be a rich man if I had a dollar for every person who has said to me… “We want to settle this without lawyers”. I have been a family lawyer for nearly 40 years. In approximately half the cases I have dealt with in that time we were able to negotiate a settlement …

But we should share our children equally!

Separated or not, making decisions which affect your children can be a daunting experience. For separated parents, the Family Law Act 1975 and Family Court Act 1997 (WA) effectively provide that separated parents are equally responsible for making the major long-term decisions about their children’s lives, unless one parent can prove that the presumption of …

Separation when pregnant

Separating when one party is pregnant presents some interesting legal and practical issues. What are the Father’s obligations? Can you commence proceedings for parenting orders? Can you stop the pregnant woman from relocating elsewhere? Who pays the medical costs? Spousal maintenance To apply for spousal maintenance, you must first be in a position to invoke …

How To File For a Divorce

Getting a divorce in the Family Court of Western Australia starts with you and your husband or wife being separated for a complete 12 months before applying for a divorce order. You do not have to be physically separated, as some married couples find themselves continuing to reside together after they decide to separate for …

The statistical facts about marriage and divorce what will the Census reveal

The media is fond of whipping up emotions about the state of marriage and divorce.  Every emerging trend tends to be scrutinised as possible evidence to support often wildly contradictory arguments, for example, that “marriage has become irrelevant” or “marriage is the new cool;” that “people can’t afford to get divorced because of the economy” …

OMG! We can’t get divorced for how long?

A married couple can separate at any time however, they cannot apply for a divorce until they have been separated for twelve months. This does not mean that important decisions about property, money and children are left in limbo until the couple divorces. Whether the separating couple have been married or have lived in a …

The Cardinal Sins of Family Law Matters

Going through a relationship breakdown is one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Aside from the emotional turmoil that inevitably accompanies a relationship breakdown, you will find that EVERYONE is a family law expert- your friends, the internet and your family often provide [well-meaning] incorrect advice. Here are some very specific …

Overseas Property – not necessarily out of reach

A recent decision in the Family Court in Melbourne demonstrates the power of the Australian Family Court to make orders about people who are not living in Australia, and about property that is not in Australia. A couple had spent 15 years living together and married but have never lived in Australia. The Wife an …

Why does the date of separation matter?

Separation occurs when a marriage or relationship breaks down. The date of separation will be when either or both parties to the relationship: form an intention to separate; and act on that intention, usually by communicating to the other party that the relationship is over. Parties can be separated and still live under the same …

The Ungodly Divorce

I recently met a man, let’s call him Ashton. Ashton asked me if Family Law had changed over the years. I told him that prior to 1975 there was “fault” divorce and that unless you could prove that someone had done the “wrong” thing, the Court would not approve the divorce. Adultery, cruelty and desertion …

5 Family Law Terms People Commonly Misuse

1. Guardianship Prior to 2006 parents were awarded either “sole guardianship” or “joint guardianship” of their children. The law changed in 2006 and this term was abolished and became “parental responsibility”. Both terms relate to decisions about a child that are major long term issues – such as education, religious and cultural upbringing, elective surgery …

Help, I Want a Divorce!

Many people I see have misconceptions regarding divorce. Often they do not know what is involved, or how divorce relates to financial matters and parenting. Obtaining a divorce can be a fairly straight forward process. This is generally the case when the application form is completed correctly, the circumstances are unambiguous, and both spouses co-operate. …

Lottery wins and family law property settlements

The recent case of Elford [2016] FamCAFC 45 considered how lottery ticket prize money would be treated in a property settlement. In this case: 12 months into the 10 year relationship, the Husband won over $620,000 on a lottery ticket; He had been using the same numbers each week for some 8 years before the …

Do I Have to Go to Court?

The short answer is no. Going to Court is a last resort used when negotiations have been unsuccessful. Before commencing proceedings, we use a range of negotiation tools such as letters or emails, informal conferences and mediations. If you and your former partner can reach an agreement about your children and / or financial matters, …

How Much Spousal Maintenance Am I Entitled To?

After the breakdown of a marriage or a de facto relationship a person may find themselves in a weak financial position after the financial support once provided to them is withdrawn or decreased. This change in financial support can leave a person in a situation where they are unable to support themselves. Additional circumstances may …

Child Support Obligations

Despite parties severing all ties after separation or divorce as parents they have an ongoing obligation to support their children financially until, in most cases, the child reaches 18. This obligation is governed by the Child Support (Assessment) Act, and administered by the Child Support Agency (CSA). Assessment Either parent or a non-parent carer can …

To disclose or not to disclose, where is the question?

Chapter 13 of Family Law Rules 2004 deals with the duty of disclosure. Pursuant to Rule 13.01, parties in family law negotiations are obliged to make full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances in a timely manner. The duty of disclosure is an ongoing duty. Parties must disclose all relevant documents and continue to …

4 New Year Resolutions that will change your 2016

Happy belated New Year from all of us at Leach Legal. We have built a fantastic team and I have spent some time over the break thinking about how I can continue to grow and improve personally and professionally.   Working on the “Keep it Simple Stupid” principal, I have identified four things that I …

Dealing with Children Post-Separation

Separation from a partner or spouse can be a traumatic and harrowing experience. It can be even more complicated when children are involved. Here are some tips to keep in mind following a separation, that may assist your children to cope: Ensure they have appropriate support: Sometimes they will want to talk to someone who …

Grand Parents and Family Law Matters

The Family Law Act includes provisions that children have the right to spend time on a regular basis with, and communicate on a regular basis with, both their parents and other people significant to their care, welfare and development including grandparents. The Court is required to consider when determining what is in the best interests …

11 Practical Tips for Newly Separated People

The period after the breakdown of a relationship is often a time of stress and turbulence. To help you to organise your matter before you come and see us after the Christmas break, please consider the following tips. Practical stuff 1. Take copies of all relevant financial documentation, including but not limited to: 1.1. Bank …

Globalisation of Parenting Orders

In a world that is fast becoming international, global, an interconnected it’s not unreasonable to assume that some Family Court orders will need to operate in different places of the world. International cooperation between convention countries is covered under the Child Protection Convention of 1996. This Convention includes recognition and enforcement of protection measures – …

The importance of Family Court Orders in your property settlement

So you have recently separated from your de facto partner, husband or wife. You sit down together and manage to come to an agreement about how your assets should be divided and who should be responsible for your liabilities. Things are going well. Now all that is left is completing the necessary transfer paperwork and …

Should you look a gift horse in the mouth?

Over the course of a marriage, or even prior to, a couple may receive funds from their respective parents, often to assist them to purchase a house. The status of these monies may come into contention pending a property settlement as the Family Court treats gifts and loans differently and the difference can have an …

Where will the children be at Christmas?

The Christmas period can be very difficult for the children of separated families particularly when their parents cannot agree on what arrangements are best for their children at the festive time of year. Many families do work it out for themselves, however, if parents cannot agree the Court will have to intervene and impose Orders …

Five Things Most Couples Miss When They Are Getting Divorced

Divorce and separation are life changing experiences and rate up there with death, getting married and changing jobs. It is no wonder that in the midst of stress and emotion, no matter how amicable your separation, that things get overlooked.   Here is a list of some important things that should be done, but sometimes get …

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