Same Sex / De Facto

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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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