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Treatment of a Large Inheritance in a Property Settlement – What Can Happen

22 June 2020

The court recently had to consider how to treat a large inheritance received by the wife during the relationship. In particular, the court had to consider whether those assets should be excluded and quarantined from distribution, or whether everything should be included in the pool available to distribute. The facts: The wife received an [...]

7 Common Traps of Separation

27 April 2020

Separation can often be a complicated and confusing time. Most people don’t know where to begin. If you have just separated and don’t know what to do next, here are some of the common mistakes that can be made and that you need to avoid:Going immediately to mediation – many people believe there is a [...]

Who Stays In The House?

27 April 2020

Following separation if a couple is unable to live separated ‘under the one roof’ and cannot reach agreement for one of them to leave the house, either of them can apply to the Family Court to obtain an order for exclusive occupancy. A recent case provides a useful insight into how to determine an [...]

What Happens To Post-Separation Redundancy Payments?

27 April 2020

Does a redundancy payment received after separation get included in a property settlement?  The Family Court recently considered the question where the wife argued that she and the husband had contributed equally to the husband’s redundancy that was received post-separation. What did the court decide? The couple had been together for 19 years. During [...]

How is a divorce settlement worked out?

14 April 2020

At the time of a separation from your spouse or partner the question you might be asking yourself is “what is the property settlement process after separation?” or “how much will I get?” The property settlement process can take place any time after separation has occurred, you don’t have to wait for a divorce. [...]

Child support and school fees – who pays?

3 February 2020

How to Get Your Child Returned

6 January 2020

Your child has been on holiday time with their other parent, but hasn't been returned to you as agreed. What do you do? Steps can be taken, and quickly, to ensure their recovery and return to you. Here’s what they are: Recovery Order: There is a recovery process, under the Family Law Act, if [...]

How To Get Custody of a Child

28 December 2019

Just separated? Experiencing difficulties with parenting arrangements? It is important you get advice about what will happen with custody of your children. There are a lot of myths regarding people wanting full custody of their children. Let's correct some of them. The legal process Every family is different and there are no standard or [...]

When Does Child Support Stop?

17 December 2019

When does Child Support stop? The Child Support Act sets out the few events that will terminate a Child Support assessment, some of them include: If the CSA has accepted a Child Support agreement where both parents have agreed that payments should cease on a specified date; or If the parents have reconciled for [...]

Determining A Property Settlement Where There Is A High Income

3 September 2019

For most couples it is not uncommon that one spouse will earn more than the other, particularly when that lower income earning spouse has taken on the homemaker role. In a recent case, the court had to consider whether an adjustment should be made to the property division in the wife’s favour, since the [...]