Property

Time limits for property settlement

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.

Apprehension of judicial bias

The High Court of Australia today handed down an important decision on the issue of apprehension of judicial bias.

Dying Without A Valid Will – Legislation Changes

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.

FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS

A Financial Agreement is a contract between a couple as to how assets and resources will be divided should they separate. It can be made before, during or after a de facto relationship or a marriage. It is important to note there are some specific requirements for de facto and same sex couples in Western Australia.

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS

When international family and relationship breakdowns occur, it can rapidly create a complex situation, especially when it involves children and assets across different countries and legal systems. O’Sullivan Davies have the knowledge, experience and international contacts to advise and represent you if this happens.

MEDIATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES

Mediation, also known as Family Dispute Resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution, helps resolve issues, and create and formalise agreements, when there are disputes relating to parenting, property, separation and divorce. A suitably qualified mediator, helps each party identify needs and facilitates a discussion to create an acceptable resolution for all parties. It can also be very cost effective.

CONVEYANCING

We offer electronic conveyancing and settlement services.

Gifts and Loans

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.