COVID-19 | Protecting your property outcome in Divorce during the COVID-19 crisis

At this early stage of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, many people are worried about how they are going to make ends meet, particularly in view of the negative impacts upon the domestic economy and the global economy. Uncertainty about the duration of the economic effects will inevitably concern parties in financial cases before […]

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Financial Injunctions in Family Law: Preserving the Assets

In some circumstances, a party (that is, a spouse or third party intervener) may be required to prevent or restrict another party from acting in ways that may reduce the assets available for division under a final property settlement.  In these circumstances, an injunction may be a potent and effective remedy to preserve the asset […]

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You, me and ‘we’: Is your business susceptible to being joined as a party to family law proceedings?

Business doesn’t always stay in the boardroom.  Business partners not only form commercial relationships with each other but may also unwittingly form relationships with each other’s life (or one night) partners.  If your business partner is going through a family law separation, you should be aware that you, or the business, may be joined as […]

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Birth certificate reforms in Victoria

On the evening of 27 August 2019, the Victorian Parliament passed the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill. The amendment will allow adults and children to change the sex on their birth certificate without the requirement of gender reassignment surgery. It also provides for transgender people to self-nominate their preferred gender designation (male, female, […]

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Woman wins the right to access her deceased husband’s sperm

A Queensland woman has won the right to access her deceased husband’s sperm following a recent decision by the Queensland Supreme Court. Mrs Gaffney and her husband had been married for five years when Mr Gaffney died in November 2018. The couple had an 18 month old son and had recently begun consulting a fertility […]

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Pre-Nups – are they worth the effort?

Financial Agreements operate to oust the Court’s jurisdiction for separating couples. When should you consider a Financial Agreement? There are division of property, succession, estate planning, stamp duty and CGT issues to consider. Here is our high-level approaches to these factors. Click here to view the full size PDF

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Putting your relationship to bed before jumping into another

As the composition of the Australian family continues to evolve and the number of blended families continues to rise, individuals exiting one relationship and entering another should not underestimate the importance of first finalising their financial relationship with their former partners. For many people, the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship involves significant […]

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When is it worth protecting the bank? When it’s the bank of Mum and Dad.

It is commonplace for parents to provide their children with money to fund weddings, house deposits, cars, business ventures and other purchases. However, when adult children separate from their spouses or de facto partners, the characterisation of that money as either a gift or a loan can be called into question, and money from the […]

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