About Reception

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Reception has created 201 blog entries.

Is an asset of the marriage out of reach of the Family Court?

30 November 2021

When separation occurs spouses must turn their minds to, what makes up their property pool for division? It may be a surprise to some people to learn that almost all assets, whether held jointly, solely or in company or even Trust names may be considered to part of the matrimonial property pool. If a [...]

What happens in a defacto property settlement?

23 November 2021

Are you in a defacto relationship? Have you separated and not sure how property should be divided? It’s important to get Family Law advice early, but here are some of the basics you need to know. What is a de facto Relationship? Under the Family Law Act a person is in a de facto relationship with [...]

Is An Insurance Claim Property In Family Law?

5 October 2021

Q: Is an insurance claim 'property' in family law? A: The short answer is yes, it can be. An insurance claim is money that can be recovered and although not strictly 'property' it is treated in the same manner. An insurance claim is a right to sue. Often the trouble with a right to [...]

If I see a solicitor does that mean I will go to Court?

8 September 2021

Q: If I see a solicitor, does that mean I will go to court? A: No, in fact seeing a solicitor for family law advice at the earliest opportunity may avoid (or bring an end to) contested court proceedings. Seeking the advice of a family lawyer is the best way to arm yourself with [...]

Considering Children’s Wishes In A Divorce

24 August 2021

In situations where parents separate, children will often have opinions on what they want to do, who they want to live with and when they want to spend time with each parent. When should a child’s wishes be acted upon by the court? The Family Law Act is silent as to what age a [...]

Downside to representing yourself

14 June 2021

Family law is a complicated and foreign place for most people, however many people choose to or must represent themselves in relation to family law matters. It probably doesn’t need stating, but there are inherent challenges with being self-represented in court proceedings and this was highlighted in a recent court case that showed the [...]

The nightmare of rosters

19 April 2021

The first legal ‘consideration’ that needs to be made when determining children’s care arrangements is whether an ‘equal time’ order is ‘reasonably practical’ and in the child's ‘best interest’.  What is ‘reasonably practicable’ becomes very difficult when rosters are involved. A recent case has considered just such a situation, when a parent has significant [...]

To succeed with a contravention – get the detail right

5 April 2021

The Family Court recently heard an appeal against a contravention application where the trial judge found that the contraventions had been established. The trial judge found that 4 contraventions were made out and ordered that the mother enter into a bond for 18 months. On appeal, the court examined the evidence that was before [...]

Parenting arrangements for children’s Easter school holidays

22 March 2021

Spouse Maintenance – How Much and How Long?

22 March 2021

In a recent property settlement case, the court considered an application by the wife for spouse maintenance. The couple had been together for 16 years. The wife sought payment from the husband in the amount of $600 per week, to continue indefinitely. The husband proposed to pay the wife $500 per week for a period [...]