Divorce Cost Australia

How much does a divorce cost in Australia?

Anyone who saw the hit Netflix movie The Divorce a couple of years ago – or any other dramatised depiction of ‘conscious uncoupling’ for that matter – could be forgiven for assuming the process will be a complex, expensive, and lengthy one. In actual fact, most divorces are, thankfully, quite the opposite! Done right and … Continued

Family Law Inheritance

How are inheritances treated in Family Law property settlements?

One of the most difficult questions our expert family lawyers are asked is whether an inheritance should be split with an ex-spouse following separation. In answering this question, we need to consider: The length of the relationship At what point in the relationship was the inheritance received The amount of the inheritance How the inheritance … Continued

Streamlining the Family Law Courts

From 1 September 2021, the two family law courts in Australia will be amalgamated into a single court – the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The Commonwealth Government made the decision to amalgamate the courts in an effort to help people get through the court process as “safely, quickly and fairly as possible … Continued

New requirement for parenting orders

As of 31 October 2020, the family law courts now require a mandatory form called a “Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk” to be filed with any court application seeking parenting orders. This form is required whether the orders sought are via: an Initiating Application / Response to Initiating Application (i.e. usually when … Continued

locking down assets

Locking down assets…while in lockdown.

If you and your spouse have separated, or are thinking of separating, you may be wondering whether you should, or whether you even can, sort out your property settlement during COVID-19 lockdown. The answer in almost all cases is: Yes. Yes you can still enter into a legally-binding property settlement during lockdown. And yes we … Continued