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Property Settlement – A Marriage Lawyer explains the steps and significance of the decision in Stanford v Stanford

It is difficult for a couple to determine how they will distribute joint assets if they are separating. A marriage lawyer generally is familiar with clients who are involved in voluntary separations where as a result there is a need to distribute the parties’ assets to allow for each person to move on. However, what about situations where the parties have not been involved in a voluntary separation? Maybe it occurred by reasons outside of the parties’ control. The facts in the High Court case of Stanford v Stanford gave an example of such a situation. It also adjusted the legal test for courts to apply when making a property order (s 79 Family Law Act 1975). [...]  READ MORE →

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Family Law Lawyer discusses filing and listing of family law proceedings in circuit locations

A long sigh of relief and joy comes from family law lawyers across New South Wales in the wake of new processes entering the profession in 2023.

Commencing in January 2023, parties that wish to commence family law proceedings in circuit locations will be granted the opportunity to choose their first return dates. This can be conducted entirely remotely through accessing the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

Family law lawyers will advise that Circuit lists service rural and regional areas of states in Australia. In other words, they provide legal services and access to the justice system to client’s living remotely. Such a change will bring the same access to the Courts and benefit of the case management pathway like those residing in larger cities. [...]  READ MORE →

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Engaging a family law lawyer in a dispute can be critical to ensuring you fulfil your obligations to the court and its procedures. This will ensure that your matter does not experience significant delays.

What happens if you do not provide a response to the other party?

Negotiating and corresponding with your ex-partner in a dispute can be both tiresome and challenging. Often each party to the relationship will seek legal representation from a family law lawyer so that correspondence can occur efficiently. [...]  READ MORE →

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It is not uncommon for family members to engage in business with one another. A family law lawyer is aware of the existence of a provision in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) which allows for ‘any other person whose interests would be affected by the making of the order’ to be joined to a proceeding.

It is not ideal to approach a family law lawyer with an intention to go to litigation. However, sometimes the complications that can arise from the breakdown of a relationship may indirectly affect your interests as an external party. [...]  READ MORE →

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Mediation is often an essential part of resolving a Family Law conflict. However, mediations can appear to be overwhelming, especially in the context of a relationship characterised by family or domestic violence or in high conflict relationships. Is there a way to go to mediation without having to come into contact with the other party? Depending on the individual situation, shuttle mediation may be a suitable option.

Shuttle Family Law Mediation

In shuttle family law mediations, each party is separated into different rooms or locations (this includes in online mediations where separate breakout rooms are offered). The mediator moves between the rooms and conveys the other party’s statement as to the issues, ideas for progressing the case and any offers to settle the case. This type of mediation is aimed at maximising both parties’ safety whilst providing a means to discuss, and hopefully resolve, the case in a confidential setting. [...]  READ MORE →

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Divorce Lawyer advice on the Impact of Divorce on Retirement

Often during a highly stressful divorce or property settlement, for instance where domestic violence may be involved or the parties are simply eager to settle quickly and move on with their lives; individuals are readily settling without consideration of future financial stability.

In particular, an article by Patricia Babalis highlighted a report by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research which discovered that at divorce, asset settlement ‘is often mishandled due to emotional tension and ignorance of what can be included in a settlement’. [...]  READ MORE →