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Family Law News

Spouse Maintenance – How Much and How Long?
17 July 2017|

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 [...]

Get The CSA To Collect Your Spouse Maintenance
30 June 2017|

Not only does the CSA assess and collect child support, it can also collect spouse maintenance payments.  (For more see “The ‘How To’ Of Spouse Maintenance”.)  So how does that work? When a court order [...]

Who Is Qualified To Do A Family Report?
30 June 2017|

An independent report that captures the personal interactions of parents and the wishes of children is a valuable document in the Family Court. So it isn’t surprising that there is sometimes an argument over who [...]

What If You Don’t Like A Judge’s Order?
30 June 2017|

Every day the Family Court makes decisions in all sorts of cases.  Many people are dissatisfied with the decisions the court makes.  For those that are dissatisfied, what options do they have? After the determination [...]

New Domestic Violence Laws
30 June 2017|

The extensive changes made to the Domestic Violence laws in Queensland at the start of the year came into force on 30 May. Some of the changes include: Minimum 5 year orders instead of the [...]

Webinar Success
30 June 2017|

Thank you to all the Accountants who attended our recent webinars. From the feedback we received they were a great success. We are grateful for the feedback, with comments like; “The presentation was very clear [...]

Child Support and School Fees
23 June 2017|

The Child Support Agency (CSA) formula assessment is based on children attending a State school, not a private school. How do school fees affect child support? If parents have an agreed intention that their child should attend [...]

Adult Child Maintenance
6 June 2017|

Just because a child is undertaking further education after turning 18 does not mean that a parent is required to continue to financially support that child.  Adult child maintenance is entirely separate from child support, [...]

Limits On Ordering Super Cash Payout
29 May 2017|

Can a spouse be ordered by a court to make a cash payment out of their superannuation? As tempting as it may be in some circumstances, the answer is “no”, as a trial judge recently [...]

There Needs To Be Full Financial Disclosure
29 May 2017|

When consent orders are signed by separated spouses, there is a legal requirement that both spouses provide ‘full and frank disclosure’ about their financial affairs. This means, not keeping any property information secret. If one [...]

What Happens If You Reconcile After Agreeing To A Property Division?
29 May 2017|

It’s happened to Elon Musk and it happened to Richard Burton. Couples divorce and then remarry. It’s not uncommon. So what happens when a couple separates, they formally divide their property, but later they reconcile [...]

Court Orders Reduction In Child’s Time With Father
29 May 2017|

The Family Court recently considered an Application from the mother of a 4-year-old child to vary the time arrangements for the child. The mother and father had previously signed consent orders that provided for the [...]

How To Get Custody of a Child
29 May 2017|

If you have just separated or are likely to, it is important you get advice about what will happen with custody of the children. There are a lot of myths regarding people wanting full custody. [...]

Divorce and Moving Away With Children
27 May 2017|

Moving away is hard to do, especially  when people live remotely.  When parents separate often one will want to move away with the children.  These are complex situations that need Family Law advice. The Court [...]

Who Stays In The House?
2 May 2017|

Following separation if a couple are 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 court to [...]

A $200k Bond To Travel With A Child Overseas
2 May 2017|

The Family Court recently required a father who wanted to travel overseas with his son for 3 weeks to put up a bond of $200,000 before he could go. Find out why. When family law [...]

Conference or Professional Development Day? Need A Speaker?
2 May 2017|

If you are looking for a speaker on Family Law for your next Conference or Professional Development day, please give us a call, Our Principal, Michael Lynch, presents many seminars each year to accounting, financial [...]

Parenting Arrangements For A 3 Year Old
2 May 2017|

Every child and family is unique, but here is an example of the parenting arrangements the court recently put in place for a 3 year old. Background The child lived with the mother and was [...]

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