Legal News - Family Law

What is a child support agreement?
Date: Apr 23, 2016

When a separation occurs, a child's needs can sometimes be forgotten. This is why the Family....

Dividing property of uncertain value
Date: Mar 30, 2016

In the event of a divorce or a relationship breakdown, one of the things the parties....

Can I relocate with my child after receiving court orders?
Date: Mar 30, 2016

In the event of separation, parents may be granted court orders with respect to their children's....

Defining a de facto relationship under the law
Date: Mar 30, 2016

In the contemporary world, being in a relationship does not necessarily lead to marriage. Instead, a couple....

What rights does a child have in a custody case?
Date: Mar 15, 2016

A case of child custody can be an emotionally and financially draining process for....

Who keeps the engagement ring when a wedding is called off?
Date: Mar 14, 2016

A period of engagement is for many people a trial to test the relationship before....

Remarrying after a divorce
Date: Mar 11, 2016

When a marriage breaks down, it does not always immediately lead to divorce. Often, after separation, couples....

The growing role of technology in family law
Date: Mar 09, 2016

In today's modern world, technology has advanced at a spectacular rate and has become integral....

How can will additions lead to estate disputes?
Date: Feb 29, 2016

In cases where a will dispute arises, these are typically the consequence of an....

Can financial agreements in family law be tailor made?
Date: Feb 29, 2016

When two people enter into a marriage or de facto relationship, their needs and interests....

Parenting orders: What obligations do I have?
Date: Feb 18, 2016

Raising children can be a stressful experience, which can be compounded if you are, for....

What is an AVO and how does it work in family law?
Date: Feb 17, 2016

There is a range of mechanisms aimed at stopping incidents of family violence. In New....

Why should I begin estate planning early?
Date: Feb 16, 2016

Death can be a devastating process for so many people, such as relatives, friends and....

Why do business owners need an estate plan that encompasses succession?
Date: Feb 05, 2016

A small-business owner knows that their time in charge must at some time come to....

Is it legal to document conversations during child custody disputes?
Date: Jan 26, 2016

In child custody disputes, parents, guardians and other important people can say one thing and....

Holidays and family violence cases in New South Wales
Date: Jan 20, 2016

Holidays are a great time to maintain family relationships as well as build new connections. However, it....

Do grandparents have rights under the Family Law Act?
Date: Nov 30, 2015

For many children, grandparents are some of the most important people in their lives, playing....

Reduce the time of a property settlement
Date: Nov 06, 2015

According to McCrindle Research, one in three marriages in Australia will end in divorce. While....

How long is a divorce likely to take?
Date: Nov 05, 2015

If you have reached the point where you have decided that you no longer want....

Divorce: How to manage the process
Date: Nov 04, 2015

A divorce will nearly always be a time that's both stressful and seemingly complicated, as....

Family law: the advantages of coming to an agreement
Date: Oct 19, 2015

Family law proceedings, including matters of divorce, can be difficult enough as it....

How do the courts calculate spousal maintenance?
Date: Oct 12, 2015

As part of a financial settlement following separation or divorce, there may be an arrangement....

How will the courts take into account the view of young children?
Date: Oct 12, 2015

Parenting matters always involve taking into account the best interests the child. Amongst other considerations,....

What does best interests of the child really mean?
Date: Oct 12, 2015

When the court has to make a decision about the children's living arrangements following the....

What to consider about child custody after a separation
Date: Oct 12, 2015

The end of a marriage or a relationship can be difficult for the separating parties,....

Preventing international travel during family disputes
Date: Oct 12, 2015

Family law disputes regarding children can be highly emotional for everyone involved and come in....

The breakdown of a marriage: The ins and outs of financial settlements
Date: Oct 12, 2015

The breakdown of a relationship is in most cases a difficult time for all involved,....

How do Child Dispute Services work?
Date: Sep 30, 2015

For many, family law cases represent some of the most troubling and difficult cases to....

Serving an application for divorce: The necessary steps
Date: Sep 29, 2015

As we all know, divorces are a complicated process from start to finish, and it's....

What counts as 'property' in a family law settlement?
Date: Sep 17, 2015

Property settlements are an important part of family law proceedings. Deciding how a couple's assets....

The financial orders process and enforcement
Date: Sep 16, 2015

There are many instances in which it is a good idea to consult

Children 'can develop behavioural problems' after parents divorce
Date: Aug 25, 2015

A marriage breakup is a difficult time for everyone involved, but children often find the....

Understanding separation and divorce
Date: Aug 18, 2015

The breakdown of a marriage is a distressing time for parties involved. Unfortunately, separation and....

Pension and property complicate divorce proceedings
Date: Aug 17, 2015

Among the most important steps for the parties going through the divorce process is to....

How does a parenting order affect the relevant parties?
Date: Aug 13, 2015

Seeking parenting orders from the Court is often an unavoidable step for parties who are....

What are the options for splitting superannuation?
Date: Aug 12, 2015

Choosing to split superannuation is one of the decisions parties have to make  when dividing....

What steps are involved in a property settlement?
Date: Jul 21, 2015

Property settlements are among the most important steps in separation or divorce, and will require....

Estrangement leads to unsuccessful estate dispute
Date: Jul 16, 2015

For families, estrangement is certainly a difficult experience, and one that can complicate a number....

The Australian law and grandparents
Date: Jul 01, 2015

Grandparents hold an important position within Australian family law, and one that it is important....

Household debt remains an issue for Australians
Date: Jun 15, 2015

Debt levels remain high among many Australian households, but the latest figures suggest that some....

New study explores bias in family courts
Date: Jun 03, 2015

A new study, with a focus on England and Wales, has found that there is no evidence of discrimination against....

Property rights of same-sex couples in family law
Date: Jun 02, 2015

The recent referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage has resulted in a "yes" vote. This has again brought into focus....

What happens in custody cases when parents live far apart?
Date: May 21, 2015

There may be some cases where separated parents will no longer be living in close proximity to one another. In....

Australians see communication problems as main cause of divorce
Date: May 12, 2015

Attitudes towards divorce in Australia have changed substantially in the last fifty years. It is now much easier....

New push for same-sex marriage in Australia
Date: May 08, 2015

Under current family law, marriage in Australia is only recognised as being between one man and one....

What happens if someone doesn't comply with a parenting order?
Date: Apr 20, 2015

If a parenting order has been made in relation to child custody arrangements after a separation, it is important that....

Why should I get a prenup?tual agreement?
Date: Apr 16, 2015

Planning for a divorce before the marriage has even begun may seem unromantic to most people. However, when dealing with....

Business ownership complicates divorce financial settlement
Date: Apr 09, 2015

Among the core issues that arise during a divorce financial settlement is the ownership of major assets. Shared property....

What does a 'no-fault' divorce mean?
Date: Mar 13, 2015

Modern divorces are processed in Australia under the principle that they are a 'no-fault' divorce - a consideration that....

When can a marriage be nullified?
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Marriages will occasionally end as the result of divorce - however, in some cases, it is also possible for them....

Shared property an issue in recent separation case
Date: Feb 27, 2015

As with a married couple, de facto partnerships can involve financial settlements once the relationship has ended. Often,....

What rights do grandparents have in child custody cases?
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Many child custody agreements will focus on finding a solution to sharing the care between two parents. However, there....

Divorce complicated by inheritance and bonus
Date: Feb 27, 2015

The process of separating can often be complicated when one or both parties receives a large windfall that further alters the couple's asset....

How does superannuation splitting work in NSW?
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Superannuation splitting is an important aspect of the separation process, especially as this will constitute one of the largest assets an....

3 common questions about child recovery orders
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Child recovery orders can be used as a final resort when one parent refuses to return a child to the....

Attempted adoption leads to legal action
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Adoption, like all family law matters involving children, is determined on the basis of the best interests of the child.....

Dual marriage nullified by the courts
Date: Feb 27, 2015

Entering into a new marriage can create legal issues, especially if one of the parties has only recently had a....

AIFS sheds light on parents' relationships with their adolescent children
Date: Jan 14, 2015

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) released a report on 22 July 2013 that reveals some interesting facts and....

Speak out against domestic violence and seek family law advice on White Ribbon Day
Date: Jan 13, 2015

November 25 is White Ribbon Day, an opportunity for Australia to spare a thought for domestic violence and seek

4 assets to consider when drafting a financial agreement
Date: Jan 12, 2015

Many couples will draft a binding financial agreement when they first start a relationship as they want to be sure they....

3 things to know about financial agreements in NSW
Date: Jan 12, 2015

For any individual looking to avoid a costly divorce financial settlement having a financial agreement - also known as a binding....

Increased likelihood of divorce after twenty years
Date: Jan 12, 2015

A report released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) reveals that the proportion of Australian couples divorcing after....

What to know about inheritance and separation
Date: Jan 09, 2015

Inheriting financial assets can be potentially problematic for the beneficiary, especially if it occurs during the process of separating. As a....

NSW introduces Victims Support Scheme
Date: Jan 06, 2015

The NSW Parliament has recently passed legislation abolishing the Victims Compensation Scheme and replacing it with a new, updated version:....

International relocation the focus of recent family law case
Date: Dec 19, 2014

The ongoing care of a child is a serious concern for separated couples, especially when one party wishes to....

What to know about protected persons
Date: Dec 08, 2014

In some cases, individuals will be awarded additional protections under the law in the form of a guardianship. These protections can have specific....

How does culture factor into an adoption order?
Date: Dec 03, 2014

Within family law, there is an overriding principal that every decision made by the courts regarding a child must be made in....

Overseas same-sex relationships recognised in NSW
Date: Dec 03, 2014

New South Wales has taken another step towards marriage equality, with the state now recognising same-sex marriages that have been....

Look out for your elderly relatives
Date: Nov 26, 2014

Saturday (June 15) was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

This date was nominated by the United Nations National Assembly in 2006....

Family and domestic violence
Date: Nov 20, 2014

Family and domestic violence involves any violent, controlling, coercive and/or threatening behaviour that has the potential, to or does result....

What is the process for getting a divorce?
Date: Nov 20, 2014

Going through a divorce can be a stressful experience for a number of reasons, both emotional and financial. With so....

Alternatives to litigation: Mediation
Date: Nov 18, 2014

Litigation is not the only option you have when it comes to dispute resolution. Sometimes another method can be even....

How is a child custody arrangement affected by moving?
Date: Oct 29, 2014

In many child custody arrangements, the courts will create a parenting order that dictates the ongoing conditions for the....

What goes into a parenting order?
Date: Oct 29, 2014

A parenting order is an important part of many child custody arrangements and of family law in general.

However,....

Divorce financial settlements facing new costs
Date: Oct 17, 2014

One of the most taxing parts of going through a divorce is dividing up jointly held assets between the two partners. Not....

What to know about spousal maintenance
Date: Oct 08, 2014

One of the most important aspects of family law are the responsibilities that parties have towards one another when they enter....

Child custody just one part of recent court case
Date: Sep 26, 2014

A recent court ruling from the New South Wales Family Court has attempted to unravel the conditions of a divorce,....

Proposed changes to the Family Law Act 1975
Date: Sep 08, 2014

The way a parent is defined in some sections of the Family Law Act 1975 may change due to recommendations....

Trials that focus on the children
Date: Sep 08, 2014

In Australia, all cases regarding children are heard at the Family Court of Australia (FCA). In 2006 the Court introduced a....

LGBTI youth to be supported in schools
Date: Sep 08, 2014

The recent poll on marriage equality in Australia has shown that there has been a shift in attitudes across the....

The motherhood penalty in Australia
Date: Sep 08, 2014

The motherhood penalty has been identified as a critical barrier to gender pay equity in Australia by the Diversity Council....

Deciding adoption cases in NSW
Date: Aug 28, 2014

A New South Wales (NSW) couple has recently been granted custody of two young children placed in their care. 

The case....

What is a close personal relationship?
Date: Aug 21, 2014

There are two types of relationships between unmarried people recognised under New South Wales law: close personal relationships and de....

What is decree nisi?
Date: Aug 14, 2014

Equity division was the focus of a recent case at the New South Wales Supreme Court, in which a will....

How superannuation splitting works
Date: Aug 08, 2014

There are a number of things to consider when going through a relationship breakdown, including how superannuation will be divided.....

Australian women are worse off than men post-divorce
Date: Aug 04, 2014

Separation has a significant negative impact on the household income of women in Australia the year after a relationship breakdown....

Early intervention methods could affect divorce rate
Date: Jul 29, 2014

The government should be involved in early intervention measures in relationship breakdowns according to Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews.

Mr....

Open adoption central to child protection legislation reforms
Date: Jul 28, 2014

Reforms have been introduced in New South Wales to improve the ability of courts, caseworkers and parents to intervene in....

Support for same sex marriage is increasing
Date: Jul 17, 2014

Support for marriage equality in Australia is increasing. A new poll has found that 72 per cent of Australians now....

Multicultural plan to aid communities
Date: Jul 16, 2014

New South Wales is a culturally diverse state. According to The People of Australia report released by the Department of....

What are my rights in a de facto relationship?
Date: Jul 10, 2014

Individuals in de facto relationships are often entitled to the same rights as married couples. In a de facto relationship....

Federal government invests $200 million in violence prevention
Date: Jul 02, 2014

The federal government has invested a further $100 million towards addressing physical and sexual violence across Australia. The funding is part of....

Statistics reveals more older Australians seeking divorce
Date: Jun 24, 2014

New statistics have revealed that more Australians over 70 are deciding to seek a divorce.

Data from the Family and Federal....

At risk children to get extra protection through budget
Date: Jun 20, 2014

The NSW government's latest budget brings welcome relief to those involved in looking after the state's most vulnerable children.

In recent....

Domestic violence target of new education campaign
Date: Jun 16, 2014

A new campaign launched by the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) hopes to encourage members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender....

Study finds illnesses affect the risk of divorce
Date: Jun 04, 2014

Till death do us part - the classic marriage vow where couples promise to stay together irrelevant of each other's health.

However,....

Separated parents choosing joint custody of children
Date: May 26, 2014

Divorce can be very difficult on children. Not only do they have to deal with seeing their parents arguing or....

NSW minister welcomes adoption changes
Date: May 16, 2014

The process for Australian families to adopt children overseas should become easier with a federal government announcement earlier this month.

The....

Additional funding for child protection and wellbeing
Date: May 15, 2014

The NSW government has announced an important funding boost for the most vulnerable children in the state.

The 'Keep Them Safe'....

How to work out your child maintenance rate
Date: May 01, 2014

When a marriage breaks down, it is inevitable that one parent will leave the family home. If that person leaves without....

Domestic violence in NSW at 15 year high
Date: Apr 30, 2014

Domestic violence is having an increasing presence in the New South Wales community according to recent figures from the NSW....

Study finds children 'no less happy in single-parent homes'
Date: Apr 29, 2014

There is no doubt that a divorce has some impact on the children that are involved. The routine changes as....

Determining child custody when a de facto relationship ends
Date: Apr 07, 2014

Having a child with someone is a huge commitment, but sometimes the relationship with this person does not last. Even....

What are court orders?
Date: Mar 28, 2014

If you are thinking about getting a divorce and have been conducting research on the subject, you may have come....

What happens when parenting orders are breached?
Date: Mar 20, 2014

According to the Family Law Courts, when a parenting order is made as part of a child....

Family Court sheds light on divorce and serving documents
Date: Mar 18, 2014

The Family Court of Australia receives a total of 45,000 applications for divorce each year. However, about 70 per cent....

Tips for telling your children you're getting a divorce
Date: Mar 10, 2014

One of the most difficult aspects of getting a divorce is breaking the news to your children.

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Relationships Australia welcomes pilot counselling and education program
Date: Mar 05, 2014

A new program that will provide couples and families in Australia with access to more relationship support and services has....

Cost of raising kids 'hits parents hard'
Date: Mar 04, 2014

Bringing up a family is often considered one of life's biggest financial commitments, but as new research indicates, the related....

NSW government launches initiatives to stop domestic violence
Date: Mar 04, 2014

One of the biggest causes of death and disability among women in New South Wales - and an issue that....

10 things to consider before contacting a divorce law firm
Date: Feb 27, 2014

It's never easy getting a divorce. If you find yourself in a situation where you think it's time for you....

Are you thinking about organising a prenuptial agreement?
Date: Feb 27, 2014

It may not seem very romantic to discuss with your soon-to-be spouse what should happen to your respective assets if....

FIFO workers no more likely to visit a divorce law firm than daily commuters
Date: Feb 27, 2014

A recent survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) reveals that fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers are no....

What are your child's best interests?
Date: Feb 27, 2014

If you're going through a divorce, one issue you may have to deal with is child custody.....

The court and child custody agreements
Date: Jan 29, 2014

It's never easy going through a divorce or separation - and having to manage child custody arrangements can....

Australians try to make relationships work before contacting a divorce law firm
Date: Jan 19, 2014

The latest facts and figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the number of divorces granted across....

Grandparents step in for child care duties
Date: Dec 24, 2013

Grandparents are playing an increasing role in child custody agreements, as new evidence suggests more and more families....

Are you in a de facto relationship?
Date: Dec 11, 2013

You may be familiar with the term "de facto relationship", but do you know what it means?

The following should hopefully....

Victims of domestic violence need family law advice
Date: Dec 11, 2013

The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has conducted a survey on 300 victims of domestic violence.

It....

Australians are getting married and divorce older, reveals ABS
Date: Nov 28, 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released some interesting facts and figures about divorce rates Down Under.

If you're....

NSW GLRL and family lawyers welcome proposed same-sex marriage bill
Date: Oct 24, 2013

The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) and Craddock Murray Neumann's team of family lawyers are pleased....

'Helping Families Change Conference' to be held in Sydney
Date: Oct 14, 2013

The Department of Family and Community Services (New South Wales) has announced that it will be co-hosting and sponsoring the....

'Family Violence Intervention Orders' report published
Date: Sep 26, 2013

A report titled 'Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Sentencing for Contravention' has just been released by the Sentencing....

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW) celebrates 25 years
Date: Sep 25, 2013

In 2013, the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL) is celebrating 25 years of advocating for....

LGBTI students offered a helping hand
Date: Sep 09, 2013

RMIT University released a media statement on Friday (September 6), which reveals the institution will be offering a helping hand....

LGBTI community prepares for federal election
Date: Aug 30, 2013

The federal election will be held on September 7, and LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) organisations across Australia....

More training for domestic and family violence workers
Date: Aug 26, 2013

Between October 2011 and September 2012, around 30,000 cases of domestic and family violence were reported in New South Wales.

Minister....

What's in your child's best interests?
Date: Aug 16, 2013

It is always hard to go through a divorce, but it can be even more complicated when there are children....

Laws to protect LGBTI community from discrimination introduced
Date: Aug 01, 2013

On August 1, the Attorney-General introduced legislation that will protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)....

NSW steps closer to legalising same-sex marriage
Date: Jul 30, 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Saturday (July 27) that New South Wales could be the first state....

ABS looks at modern same-sex couples
Date: Jul 25, 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released its latest Australian Social Trends report.

In particular, this report looks into....

'Have Your Say' about domestic and family violence
Date: Jul 24, 2013

The NSW government's 'Have Your Say' campaign, which is asking the public to make suggestions about proposed domestic and family....

Australian pastor develops marriage app
Date: Jul 16, 2013

Mark Reilly, pastor at Camden Baptist Church, has developed an app that he hopes will help keep marriages strong.

Called Legend....

Sex Discrimination Act amendments welcomed by LGBTI community
Date: Jun 26, 2013

A series of reforms were made to the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 on Tuesday (June 25) as part of....

Legislation promises safer court proceedings
Date: Jun 24, 2013

A new piece of legislation that was introduced on Thursday (June 20) should make federal court and tribunals much safer....

Court Security bill passed by Parliament
Date: Jun 21, 2013

A new bill that could change security protocols in federal courts and tribunals has passed through Parliament - with the....

Is your marriage beyond repair?
Date: Jun 21, 2013

Everyone knows that married life isn't always smooth sailing.

If you hit a rough patch, this isn't necessarily grounds for calling....

Disputing a will under the Succession Act 2006
Date: Jun 13, 2013

Under the Succession Act 2006 (NSW), the relations or dependants of a deceased person who feel that they have been....

Australian brides forgo maiden names for 'family unity'
Date: Jun 07, 2013

A recent survey has revealed that it is becoming more and more common for Australian brides to abandon their maiden....

Get ready for National Law Week
Date: May 07, 2013

Whether you need to challenge a will or are involved in a child custody agreement, you....

Property settlement arrangements when separating
Date: Apr 23, 2013

Separation is rarely easy. The breakdown of a marriage is often accompanied by stress, financial obligations and other emotionally and....

Australian divorce rates 'up 8.7%'
Date: Apr 19, 2013

Divorce rates have risen by nearly nine per cent over the last five years, according to new statistics.

Figures....

Complying with child custody agreements
Date: Mar 27, 2013

Arranging child custody agreements can be one of the most difficult parts of a divorce or separation, particularly if....

Attending to divorce financial settlements
Date: Mar 27, 2013

Attending to divorce financial settlements is an unfortunate result of any separation, but being prepared and knowledgeable can....

Outlining a de facto relationship
Date: Mar 22, 2013

If you have been living with a person for a period of time and you want to be protected as....

The process of applying for divorce
Date: Jan 10, 2013

When a marriage breaks down, divorce is a real possibility and even though the term is mentioned frequently in life,....

Child arrangements in a divorce
Date: Nov 27, 2012

Divorce is a fact of life and should you decide to get married there is a possibility that you will....

Child arrangements when parents split up
Date: Oct 12, 2012

The Family Law Act stipulates that in most cases, parents or legal guardians are responsible for their children until they....

The ins and outs of a binding financial agreement
Date: Oct 04, 2012

When any couple decides to merge their finances or assets - whether through cohabitation or marriage - it is wise....

Forced adoption victims offered apology
Date: Sep 24, 2012

The premier of New South Wales has issued an apology to those who were victims of forced adoptions in the....

Foster Care Week triggers funding for ConnectingCarers
Date: Sep 20, 2012

The New South Wales government and the minister for family and community services, Pru Goward has announced that the beginning....

Calls for changes to surrogacy laws
Date: Sep 04, 2012

Surrogacy Australia is calling for a review into surrogacy laws as it claims couples who are using clinics in India....

Queensland looks at apologising for forced adoptions
Date: Aug 28, 2012

A Queensland panel is discussing under what circumstances it would be acceptable to remove children from their parents in what....

What is a de facto relationship?
Date: Aug 24, 2012

When it comes to relationship breakdowns - including those of married couples, de facto partners and same-sex partners - all....

Take plans to safeguard your financial future
Date: Aug 06, 2012

Nobody likes to think about what might happen if a relationship ends - but with a number of high-profile splits....

Applying for a divorce in Australia
Date: Jul 09, 2012

In order for a divorce to be legally recognised in Australia, there are various avenues that need to be followed.

The advantages of a binding financial agreement
Date: Jul 04, 2012

Going to a family lawyer with the intention of establishing a binding financial agreement can have a number....

Surrogacy and parentage to undergo review
Date: Jun 27, 2012

Individuals seeking family law advice in relation to surrogacy and parentage could soon find that the guidance changes,....

Family law reforms 'send a clear message'
Date: Jun 21, 2012

Recent changes to legislation concerning family violence send a clear signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated in Australian....

Is divorce the only answer to your marital problems?
Date: May 30, 2012

The breakdown of a marriage can be a difficult time not only for both parties involved, but also children and....

Seek advice on intercountry adoptions
Date: May 21, 2012

The adoption process can be difficult to navigate at the best of times, but adopting a child from overseas can....

Protect your assets with a testamentary trust
Date: May 14, 2012

There are various ways to protect our assets after we are gone, but seeking family law adviceon a testamentary trust....

Are you entitled to spousal maintenance?
Date: Apr 30, 2012

If you and your partner have recently separated and you fear that financial hardship could soon become a problem, then....

Parenting orders must be in your child's best interests
Date: Apr 13, 2012

Couples who decide to separate will have all manner of things to take into account when seeking family....

Divorce rate fluctuates over past 20 years
Date: Mar 30, 2012

There have been fluctuations in the amount of cases dealt with by divorce lawyers over the past 20....

Getting married? Make sure you write a will
Date: Mar 29, 2012

Writing a will is something that everyone should make time for - having a valid document in place helps avoid....

Is a prenuptial agreement right for you?
Date: Mar 12, 2012

Planning a life together has been described by many as one of the most thrilling and romantic moves in any....

I Do Day supports marriage equality
Date: Mar 02, 2012

March 2 has been designated as national I Do Day in support of a growing movement to allow for same....

Same-sex marriage could contribute $161 million to the economy
Date: Feb 28, 2012

The case for same-sex partnerships to be legally recognised in Australia has received some support from an unusual source -....

Queensland civil partnerships legislation approved by state governor
Date: Feb 07, 2012

In what has been described as a "landmark occasion", the Queensland government has moved one step closer to recognising the....

The non-adversarial approach to child custody agreements
Date: Jan 19, 2012

In Australia, the courts that handle child custody was traditionally based around an adversarial system.

This used to mean....

Child custody issues highlighted by travel ban figures
Date: Jan 13, 2012

The issue of child custody arrangements may have been affected by a range of economic factors in recent....

Zooey Deschanel to divorce Ben Gibbard
Date: Jan 09, 2012

Hollywood star Zooey Deschanel has reportedly filed for divorce from musician husband Ben Gibbard, citing "irreconcilable differences".

The papers delivered by....

Russell Brand files for divorce from Katy Perry
Date: Jan 03, 2012

Actor and comedian Russel Brand has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Katy Perry after just 14 months of....

Mel Gibson divorce finalised by LA courts
Date: Dec 30, 2011

Actor and producer Mel Gibson has had his separation from wife Robyn Gibson finalised as a judge formally approved the....

New year could see workplace stress spill into private lives
Date: Dec 22, 2011

The increasingly connected nature of the modern workplace environment means that employees are often accessible even when they are far....

Britney spears did it again
Date: Dec 19, 2011

World-famous singer Britney Spears is now engaged to long-term boyfriend Jason Trawick after her former manager got down on bended....

Official adoption rates down in 2011
Date: Dec 15, 2011

The number of children adopted by local families has fallen slightly over the last financial year, continuing what has become....

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell files for divorce
Date: Dec 06, 2011

Leading author and former columnist for the New York Observer Candace Bushnell has reportedly filed for a divorce from her....

Civil Partnership Bill passed by Queensland government
Date: Dec 01, 2011

Queensland is the latest state to join a growing number of governments that have passed legislation that supports the rights....

Factors behind the 'HSC divorce' phenomenon
Date: Nov 29, 2011

A growing family phenomenon has been noted by a number of relationship experts that relates to the timing of separations....

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher reported to divorce
Date: Nov 18, 2011

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are reported to have parted ways after six years of marriage.

The divorce follows months of....

SMSFs present new divorce challenges
Date: Nov 16, 2011

The increasing popularity of self-managed super funds (SMSF) amongst families and couples has the potential to cause problems in the....

IVF usage on the rise
Date: Nov 10, 2011

The number of couples making use of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to start or expand a family has been the subject....

David Bach lists five 'crucial' questions to ask before marriage
Date: Nov 09, 2011

An early, open discussion about fiscal histories and money matters may be the key to keeping a union on the....

Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries to divorce after ten weeks marriage
Date: Nov 01, 2011

In what is becoming an increasingly public scenario, celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have reportedly filed for divorce....

Collaboration could help resolve divorce financial settlements
Date: Oct 25, 2011

It is well known that the prospects of facing a court during a separation or divorce can be a stressful....

Financial agreement: A wedding gift to consider
Date: Oct 19, 2011

A prenuptial agreement can make an excellent wedding gift, according to one financial columnist.

Replying to a reader query....

Assets, joint accounts and divorce - some points to consider
Date: Oct 13, 2011

When going through the process of a separation or divorce, one of the last things that people want to have....

Sir Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell at Marylebone Registry Office
Date: Oct 10, 2011

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has married New York heiress Nancy Shevell at a simple civil ceremony in London, UK,....

Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley to marry
Date: Oct 05, 2011

Earlier this year there was a lot of buzz over the rumour that Liz Hurley and Shane Warne were engaged....

Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell subject of 'imminent' wedding headlines
Date: Sep 15, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney and long term girlfriend Nancy Shevell have been the subject of a number of rumours regarding a....

Children need support during tough times
Date: Sep 07, 2011

A study has been released that details the impact that negative atmospheres can have on children during a divorce.

The report....

Property and divorce - facts you should know
Date: Sep 05, 2011

When it comes to divorce, many people are unaware of how their assets may be affected.

Friends and family may offer....

Shared child custody arrangements increasing
Date: Sep 01, 2011

Research released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) shows that the number of separated families making use of....

Mel Gibson reaches child custody arrangement with Oksana Grigorieva
Date: Aug 29, 2011

Hollywood personality Mel Gibson and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva are reported to have reached an agreement for the care of....

Sperm donor removed from birth certificate
Date: Aug 25, 2011

A NSW sperm donor had his name removed from the birth certificate of a child he fathered after a judge....

Child custody agreements could reduce stress
Date: Aug 25, 2011

Parents in the process of separation may find that their children react in a variety of ways to the situation.

Factors....

Australians are staying together for longer
Date: Aug 18, 2011

A report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies has been released that shows that married families are staying together....

Hollywood promotes parental reconciliation fantasies
Date: Aug 12, 2011

A slew of movies have been released in recent years that seem to celebrate the ideal of ex-partners reconciling their....

Census hailed a success
Date: Aug 10, 2011

Australia held its 16th population census last night (August 9), marking 100 years of the national survey being conducted.

The Australian....

Australians focus more on family
Date: Aug 04, 2011

An in-depth survey by Quantum Australia's leading social researcher David Chalke has uncovered that what Australians really value as being....

Court finds mother abducted children
Date: Aug 01, 2011

The family court has recently passed judgement on a mother's decision to travel to Australia with her children for a....

Amy Winehouse removed ex-husband from will before she died
Date: Jul 27, 2011

Amy Winehouse made changes to her will before she died, an anonymous source has told the Daily Mail.

The star was....

De facto relationships on the rise
Date: Jul 20, 2011

The number of de facto relationships are on the rise in Australia, with more NSW couples adopting cohabitation arrangements rather....

Judge chooses young girl's name after parents disagree
Date: Jul 14, 2011

The act of naming a child is something that usually brings a family together.

But for one couple, this act has....

Man's forced marriage tests family law
Date: Jul 12, 2011

A man tested the the definitions of duress in court after filing to have his brief marriage of six months....

Mel Gibson divorce settlement reached
Date: Jul 06, 2011

Mel Gibson and wife Robyn have reached an agreement to divide their assets after 28 years of marriage. Robyn’s lawyer....

Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Date: Jul 04, 2011

Maria Shriver has filed for divorce from former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, citing irreconcilable differences.

The split comes several....

De facto relationship breakdown - financial matters
Date: Jun 20, 2011

If you have recently experienced the breakdown of a de facto relationship, you may be wondering how finances may be....

Khloe Kardashian praises prenups
Date: Jun 15, 2011

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has spoken out in support of her sister Kim, who is drafting a prenuptial agreement....

Reality TV star, NBA player 'drafting prenup'
Date: Jun 10, 2011

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian - whose show Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs in Australia on Channel 7 -....

Cohabitation agreements 'clear up confusion'
Date: Jun 07, 2011

A cohabitation agreement can clear up any confusion about who is entitled to what in the event of a relationship....

Relationship breakdowns and children
Date: Jun 06, 2011

If your relationship breaks down and children are involved, you will need to work with your former partner to establish....

How are assets split in the event of a relationship breakdown?
Date: May 31, 2011

If a couple decides to separate or divorce, their net assets must be divided and allocated so that nothing is....

Couples should discuss finances before marriage
Date: May 30, 2011

Couples who are planning to walk down the aisle should have a frank and open discussion about money - and....

NSW alliance supports new family law bill
Date: May 26, 2011

Hundreds of lobbyists descended on Canberra this week to encourage the federal government to pass the Family Law Legislation Amendment....

Superannuation and family law
Date: May 20, 2011

In the event of a relationship breakdown, one thing that many parties do not consider is how superannuation can be....

What to expect during your first visit to a family lawyer
Date: May 19, 2011

If your relationship has recently broken down, you may be apprehensive about taking the first step to approach a lawyer....

Cohabitation agreements 'becoming popular' with de facto couples
Date: May 17, 2011

Co-habiting unmarried couples may wish to sign a document similar to a prenuptial agreement to protect their assets, one relationship....

Prenuptial agreements and finances 'should be discussed openly'
Date: May 11, 2011

While it might be fair to say that no people enter into a marriage expecting to use their prenuptial agreement,....

Family lawyers can offer valuable prenup advice
Date: May 09, 2011

A family lawyer can advise on important issues regarding a prenuptial agreement - including how far in advance....

No prenuptial agreement for royal couple
Date: May 05, 2011

The newest royal couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement before saying their vows at Westminster Abbey this week, prompting....

De facto relationships create family law issue
Date: May 04, 2011

Couples who live apart may still be considered to be in a de facto relationship in the eyes of the....

Money "an emotionally-charged issue" for couples
Date: May 03, 2011

With money frequently highlighted as an issue for divorcing couples, a number of experts - including family law professionals, financial....