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...
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...
A tale of two financial agreements24 January 2020 | Family Law
Since the High Court handed down its decision in Thorne v Kennedy  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...
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”...
What’s Yours is Mine Part II28 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. In that decision the Full Court concluded that one spouse could be substituted for another in...
Adjusting for Violence | Law Institute Journal, February 20182 February 2018 | Family Law
A recent decision has lowered some of the evidentiary barriers to obtain financial recompense for family violence in a family law matter. To read Will Stidston's and Elizabeth Mathews' full article, published in the February 2017 edition of the...