Family Articles

Binding financial agreements – Thorne v Kennedy revisited

Since the High Court of Australia handed down its findings in the matter of Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49, there has been much discussion as to what the implications of the decision are for binding financial agreements in Australia, with more than one headline...

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The Family Court and de facto relationships

Over the last decade, an increasing number of Australians are living in de facto relationships, while marriage rates have fallen.  Reflecting this societal change, the law was changed in 2009 (2002 in Western Australia) so that the same law now applies to separating...

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What you need to know about Child Support

Family law in Australia recognises that both parents of a child should be financially responsible for that child’s care, regardless of the parents’ marital status, their past or present relationships, or their involvement in the child’s life. The child support scheme...

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The Power of the ATO and Family Law Settlements

Many clients come to see a family lawyer wanting to talk about issues related to the Australian Tax Office (“ATO”), while others haven't turned their minds to their own tax affairs for some time. Generally, we find there is a misunderstanding about the role and power...

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Superannuation splitting laws – things you need to know

When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down property can be divided between the parties. Superannuation is treated as property under the Family Law Act and as such, for all couples except de facto couples in Western Australia, superannuation can be adjusted,...

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Things to Consider When Getting a Divorce

Applying for divorce can often be a traumatic and stressful experience. Whilst Australian family law can be complex and overwhelming, equipping yourself with the following information will likely alleviate some of your concerns. 1. Can I Apply for a Divorce? If your...

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