The complexities of the separation process come with many decisions. One early hurdle is deciding who, if anyone, should stay in the house if you’re separating or separated?

There’s no one size fits all solution here, but there are certainly some factors you’ll want to take into account.

Costs and Complexity of Moving

Moving out of the family home, especially if you have been there a long time, is a large job and not necessarily one you can always tackle at the same time as everything else

When it comes to Family Law matters we deal with the breakdown of two types of relationships, marriages and de facto relationships.

A marriage is usually pretty straight forward to prove, and we’ve written previously on our blog about proving a de facto relationship exists.

In this article we are going to expand your knowledge a little bit further and talk about registration of domestic relationships in Victoria and consider whether registering your relationship is something you should

What is a “de facto” relationship in Australia?

Lots of people have heard of de facto relationships, often as some kind of non-formal alternative to marriage. But what is a de facto relationship, why does it matter, and how do you figure out if you’re in one?

Why Should you Care if You’re In a De Facto Relationship or Not?

With the formality of marriage comes some fairly automatic protections, rights and responsibilities in the event of a relationship breakdown.

But the law recognises some

Let’s say you’re in the middle of the separation process (you’ve separated and now you need to work out how you will divide your assets and parenting arrangements). You’re probably wondering how to start negotiating things and what your options are for actually bringing things to a close.

In this article, we’ll run through the 6 most common avenues that separating parties pursue to work through the finer details of their separation to reach agreement.

Kitchen Table Discussions

Of this list

What is the marriage separation process?

By far the most common question we get asked in our early discussions is something like “what should I do now?”. Of course you can call us to have that discussion if you prefer, but this guide to separation is designed to show you how the process works, how to protect yourself along the way, and what each step is likely going to involve.

Specifically, we’re going to look at:

  1. What’s the marriage separation process in Australia?
  2. How does separation

With Season 6 of Married at First Sight recently aired in Australia, the term “gaslighting” was often mentioned in commentary around the show, but what is “gaslighting”?

The term “gaslighting” is adopted from the well known 1930’s play “Gas Light”, where the Husband dims the lights in their house without his wife knowing and then tells her she is crazy for thinking they are dim; he tells her the lights haven’t changed at all and the reason she thinks they are dimmed is because she has

There are 3 ways in which parents can arrange their child support matters. They are:

  1. via an administrative assessment;
  2. via a child support agreement;
  3. via informal agreement.

Administrative Assessment

The Child Support (Assessment) Act enables parents to apply to the Child Support Agency to have an administrative assessment between the payee (parent receiving the money) and the payer (parent paying the money).

When the application is made the Child Support Agency calculates the

Essentially there are six ways to negotiate or achieve a property settlement with your ex.

Working up in order of complexity and cost they are as follows;

1. Kitchen table negotiations.

Some people are lucky enough to be able to simply sit down with their ex and discuss how they want to divide assets. This might happen over the kitchen table or by email. If you can do this, GREAT! This is usually the cheapest and fastest means to negotiate an outcome. Once you reach agreement in this way you

Under the Family Law Act (CTH) 1975 separated parents must make a genuine effort to resolve any child related disputes through mediation before applying to the Court for a parenting order (except in some discrete circumstances such as urgency).

If you and your ex are trying to negotiate arrangements for your kids and are struggling to reach agreement on your own, mediation is usually an excellent option that is cost effective and can help you stay focused on resolving your matter whilst

Family Law matters are emotional, difficult times. It’s essential that you have the right family lawyer acting for you from the start. I always suggest to potential clients that they should call or meet with several lawyers before deciding who should have the privilege of acting for them (because it should be a privilege to guide someone through a life changing experience).

You need to feel at ease with your lawyer, be able to communicate well with them and receive advice that you

Significant life challenges can be managed and tolerated far better, by simply developing optimism for a good outcome or a more positive future.

Learn an optimistic response

For those of us who are not innately optimistic, life experience provides the lessons. We get blindsided by another disappointment. Followed by a good sook. Then something clicks and we push on. Sometimes it is a distraction. At other times things are turned around by actively challenging our negative thinking. There is

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November 5 2020
The complexities of the separation process come with many decisions. One early hurdle is deciding who, if anyone, should stay in the house if you’re separating or separated? There’s no one size fits all solution here, but there...
September 2 2020
When it comes to Family Law matters we deal with the breakdown of two types of relationships, marriages and de facto relationships. A marriage is usually pretty straight forward to prove, and we’ve written previously on our blog...
July 13 2020
What is a “de facto” relationship in Australia? Lots of people have heard of de facto relationships, often as some kind of non-formal alternative to marriage. But what is a de facto relationship, why does it matter, and how do...

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