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Separating when you and your ex have children inevitably involves challenging decisions to be made about how those children should be cared for going forward.

Here we have another person involved so the factors to take into account about future parenting matters are quite different from those involved in property.

Specifically, when the Court is asked to make or change parenting orders, it must consider the “best interests of the child”. It must regard those best interests are “paramount” in

In our guide on binding financial agreements, we have set out the various elements that need to be in place for a financial agreement to be valid and enforceable.

One question that comes up from time to time is about what happens if one person was “forced” to sign a prenup. Is the binding financial agreement still enforceable? Do you have any options to get out of it?

Well, as you might expect – it depends…

Setting Aside a Binding Financial Agreement for Duress

If a Court is satisfied that

The headline of this article probably doesn’t come as a surprise to everyone. However, with social media being a dominant and largely public form of sharing our thoughts and experiences, the importance of managing your social media use during (and arguably before and after) separation can’t be understated.

In this article we’ll set out some fundamental dos and don’ts of social media use in separation, as well as a few potential consequences if things go awry.

The Golden Rule of Social Media

Binding financial agreements (BFAs) are an important element for formalising property settlements under the Family Law Act.

In this guide we’ll work through the fundamental elements of a binding financial agreement so that you understand what they cover, how they work, and what things can go wrong if you don’t have the right procedures in place.

What is a Binding Financial Agreement?

A binding financial agreement is a contract between two people in (or about to be in) an intimate

In the separation process when it comes to parenting orders, there is no hard and fast rule about exactly how much time a child will, or should, spend with each parent. Of course, as a matter of practical outcomes (absent any distinguishing features), each parent’s time with and input into a child’s life may often be roughly equal.

In some cases, however, one parent might feel strongly that their ex should not be permitted to spend any time with their child. In such a case, they might want to

Does placing assets inside some kind of family trust mean that they can be ignored when seeking a property settlement during separation?

Many people believe that having significant assets held in a family trust will mean that those assets are not part of the property pool, and therefore will survive separation without being considered by the Court. But is that really the case?

What is a Family Trust?

A family trust is a common vehicle used to protect assets, gain flexibility with income and

A primary part of the separation process in Australia is the identification and distribution of the assets of the relationship.

With the increasing likelihood that cryptocurrency will form part of those assets, separating parties can face some unique challenges when it comes to dealing with crypto as part of a divorce. While Bitcoin is probably the most famous and popular, there are now millions of forms of crypto around the world, so there is an increasing likelihood of crypto coming up

In family law matters, both parents will typically have their own family lawyers to represent their interests.

However, when it comes to parenting matters in particular, the interests of the child (or children) of the relationship are of critical importance to any Court decision.

This leaves a problem – while both parents and their lawyers may well believe their view of the correct outcome is in the child’s best interests, they may also be putting forward quite different views about what

Many Court orders are “one and done” style orders.

That is, the parties comply with the orders, do the things required (pay the money, transfer the property) by those orders and then they’re done. From that point onwards, those Court orders have very little impact on the lives of the people involved.

Parenting orders are slightly different though.

Parenting Orders – A Moving Feast?

As part of the separation process, spouses with children will ordinarily secure some kind of agreement or

Part of the marriage separation process in Australia is, or course, an analysis of what the fair and equitable split of property between the parties should be.

Allowing for reasonable concessions, both parties usually want to maximise how much of the available asset pool they might receive.

But, of course, assets are only one side of the ledger. So what happens in separation with debts that one or both parties might have? Do they get split between the parties? Does each party bear their own

A significant proportion of the family law system is devoted to the challenging task of identifying individuals who might be vulnerable or at risk of potential family violence. From there, many procedures and principles guide the Court, the Judges, the parties and those assisting and children through what can obviously be a time of significant stress and confusion.

That said, “family violence” can include a more significant list of behaviours than many might think.

In this article, we will

When it comes to the separation process, custody and parenting matters tend to be some of the most complicated.

It becomes even more challenging when there are allegations of family violence from one party against the other (or both).

There are, of course, some things that are clearly family violence and others that are clearly not. Sometimes, though, whether or not a particular behaviour or pattern of behaviours constituted something the Court should characterise as family violence is a bit

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May 28 2024
Separating when you and your ex have children inevitably involves challenging decisions to be made about how those children should be cared for going forward. Here we have another person involved so the factors to take into account...
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In our guide on binding financial agreements, we have set out the various elements that need to be in place for a financial agreement to be valid and enforceable. One question that comes up from time to time is about what happens...
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The headline of this article probably doesn’t come as a surprise to everyone. However, with social media being a dominant and largely public form of sharing our thoughts and experiences, the importance of managing your social media...

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