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  1. Clayton v Bant – An Update

    3 December 2020 | Family Law

    On 2 December 2020, the High Court of Australia (the High Court) delivered its judgment in the matter of Clayton v Bant.1 The High Court’s decision discusses the complexities that can arise in cross-jurisdictional family law matters. It also serves...

  2. Are there time limits on settling financial arrangements on separation?

    17 February 2020 | Family Law

    When your relationship breaks down, you may be able to resolve financial arrangements by agreement with your former partner. This might include the division of property and / or payment of spousal maintenance. Some parties, however, need help to reach...

  3. What happens to my property and spousal maintenance rights if my former partner dies?

    17 February 2020 | Family Law

    The death of a former partner may have unintended consequences in relation to the surviving partner’s right to property settlement, spousal maintenance and estate planning. Property settlement You cannot commence property settlement proceedings if...

  4. A tale of two financial agreements

    24 January 2020 | Family Law

    Since the High Court handed down its decision in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 in November 2017, solicitors have been eager to observe and understand the courts’ determination of financial agreement cases in its wake. In Thorne v Kennedy, two...

  5. Do de facto and married couples have the same rights when their relationships end?

    19 August 2019 | Family Law

    When it comes to settling financial matters, the legal rights of de facto and married couples are very similar. Two changes to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) in late 2018 rendered those rights even more similar: Consent to proceed “out of time”...

  6. What’s Yours is Mine Part II

    28 May 2019 | Family Law

    In an earlier article we wrote about the Full Court of the Family Court’s decision in Tomaras & Tomaras & Anor and Commissioner of Taxation[1]. In that decision the Full Court concluded that one spouse could be substituted for another in...

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