A scenario that I come across regularly in my work as a family lawyer is where parents have provided their adult-child with financial assistance to purchase their home or an investment property. The financial assistance is provided while the … [Read more...] about Is it a loan.. or a gift?
Divorce Is Not A Scary Word
I am regularly asked this question. Yes you can negotiate with your former spouse as to where your children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. In fact, it's great if you can. And it's encouraged by the Court. If you … [Read more...] about We agree on everything. Do we need a lawyer?
The last date for filing non-urgent applications for parenting orders that relate to Christmas 2016 and the long-school holidays is 11 November 2016 - but don't leave it that long to start making plans. So what is the process, and why should you start … [Read more...] about Have you and your former spouse agreed where the kids will wake up on Christmas morning?
Without knowing more about your personal circumstances, it is difficult to answer this question.If you’re not sure whether there has been domestic violence, see here for a description of what domestic violence However, I can say, if you are concerned … [Read more...] about Should I report domestic violence to the police? What will happen if I do?
The court can only penalize someone for not complying with parenting orders if the other parent makes an application complaining that you did not follow the orders. The court will consider the allegations raised, and your reasons for not complying with … [Read more...] about What happens if I don’t comply with the Family Court orders?
The Child Support Agency and Centrelink are now part of the Department of Human Services, which deals with child support assessments and payments and other family payments such as family tax benefit and child care benefits and rebates. Information … [Read more...] about How do I pay child support?
In Australia same-sex couples and their children have been entitled to the same level of protection under the Family Law Act as heterosexual de-facto couples since March 2009 (and in South Australia, since July 2010). The changes to the law ensure that … [Read more...] about How is property divided when a same-sex couple separates?
Is too early to think about Christmas? … not if you have children. If you are separated and have children, have you and your former spouse discussed parenting arrangements over Christmas or the long school holidays? It might be time to start … [Read more...] about Is it too early to think about Christmas…. not if you have children