If you are married, despite common misconceptions, you do not have to wait until you divorce to commence property proceedings if you have finally separated from your significant other. Similarly, if you are in a de facto relationship and you separate, there is no minimum time you do not have to wait to sort matters out.
The Australian family law system has been criticised by the media, politicians, the wider community and unsurprisingly, the litigants who have had the unfortunate experience of being exposed to it for many years. The legal profession has also at times been critical of the lack of resources allocated to the system which has led to an inadequate amount of judicial officers and caused significant delay for litigants.
The High Court of Australia today handed down an important decision on the issue of apprehension of judicial bias.
If you die without a valid will, the State government will decide what happens to your property. The law will now be changed so that the statutory scheme for the distribution of property when a person dies without a will is now, and into the future, equitable for their survivors.
The purpose of these directions is to require all persons in the affected area to stay at home during the stay at home period other than for one or more of the reasons specified in these directions, to close certain places and to prohibit certain gatherings and activities in order to prevent, control or abate the risks associated with the emergency presented by the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and to otherwise limit the spread of COVID-19.
It’s not just ‘parents’ who can have parenting orders made: the Court can make orders on the application of either or both the child’s parents, the child, a grandparent of the child, or any other person concerned with the care, welfare or development of the child (section 69C, Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)).
Under Australian law, children’s views (if expressed) have to be taken into account in determining what arrangements are being made for children.
This article explores the 3 main benefits of entering into a Binding Child Support Agreement.
This article explores the impact that embarking on a new relationship following separation with your ex de facto partner or spouse can have on your family law financial matters.
When money is advanced by a family member, whether
it is characterised as a gift or loan can be significant in
the resulting asset division between the parties.