As Abe Lincoln once said:- “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening my axe” Like Abe, part of our success at Hartley Healy has been our ability to not only have… Read more Plan… Control…. Resolve
There has been much media hype about a recent decision by the High Court in Thorne –v- Kennedy (2017) HCA49, with some claiming that such a decision means Prenuptial (or Binding Financial Agreements as we call them in Australia) are dead… Read more Recent High Court decision does not spell the death of Prenuptial Agreements
In a recent Full Court decision (October 2017) of Tomaras & Tomaras and Commissioner of Taxation, the Full Court was asked to determine a question stated in relation to proposed Consent Orders that a Husband and Wife had sought by way… Read more My Tax Debt is now Yours
As anticipated the “yes” vote has prevailed. What does that mean from a family law perspective? Nothing until the Government passes legislation consistent with the “yes” vote. If that occurs then same sex couples can marry and if their relationships subsequently… Read more What the “Yes vote” means for Family Law?
In a recent Full Court decision, the Family Court affirmed its powers to require a child to be known by a certain surname and in this case, by a hyphenated surname of the parent’s maiden names. The decision is not unusual,… Read more Family Court Orders – Hyphenated Surnames
As a family law solicitor, it heartens and inspires me when I read and see the wonderful lawyers, counsellors, social workers and support workers who deal every day with the ‘cold face’ of domestic violence. They are the unsung heroes who… Read more A Family Lawyer’s Perspective Against Domestic Violence
In a recent Full Court decision of Trang Kingsley (6 July 2017) the Family Court delivered a stark reminder about its wider powers to deal with who failed to provide in full and frank disclosure of their financial affairs in property… Read more Consequences of Non-Disclosure in Family Law Property Settlement Proceedings
“I do…for richer or for poorer” is no longer the reality in modern relationships. In recent decades there has been a rise of relationships where the parties remain emotionally together but financially separate. The unhinging of the notion of “what is… Read more What is Mine is Mine and What is Yours is Yours
Relocation cases are difficult. There are no two ways about it. Often, it is all or nothing. One parent wants to move interstate or overseas with the child and the other parent wants the child to stay nearby to them. A… Read more Relocation Cases – is it better to just toss a coin?
ln another recent, important decision by the Full Court in the case of Fewstar v Drake, the Full Court affirmed a number of important principles relating to the validity of prenuptial or as we call them Binding Financial Agreements entered into… Read more Causal link between chanqes in circumstances and hardship required to set aside a Bindinq Financial Aqreement