In today’s Australian Newspaper, Chief Justice, Diana Bryant, made a further plea to the Federal Government for more funding to the Family Court. The lack of resources to meet the demand of cases coming before the Court each day has now… Read more CHILDREN’S MATTERS NEED MORE FUNDING IN THE FAMILY COURT
As a white Anglo-Saxon male divorce lawyer working in Australia, International Women’s Day means many things to me. Importantly, it includes some of the following:- Recognising that women still do not have equal rights in the workplace and continuing to support… Read more THE INADEQUACEY OF SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE IN AUSTRALIA
There is a common misunderstanding that everything one brings into a marriage or de facto relationship remains their property absolutely in the event of any future separation. Under Australian Law, that is not the case. Instead, upon separation, the Law says… Read more THE IMPORTANCE OF INITIAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN FAMILY LAW PROPERTY SETTLEMENT
In Family Court property settlement disputes, a spouse’s interest in a Superannuation Fund must always be identified and valued. However, there is no necessity for that interest to be split and there are different ways in which a Court can treat… Read more Is Superannuation always Split in Family Law Property Settlements?
In the U.S at the moment, insurance giant MetLife may have to part way with their “snoopy” branding. Snoopy has had a long association with that company. Who hasn’t seen the large MetLife blimps flying above major sporting events with Snoopy’s… Read more WHO GETS SNOOPY?
Step one in any family law property settlement is to identify and value the current assets and liabilities for each party, including any superannuation interests. The second step is to identify and assess various types of contributions made by each party… Read more MUST THERE BE A CAUSAL LINK BETWEEN CONTRIBUTIONS AND PROPERTY IN FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL MATTERS?
I had a laugh to myself when I saw this term in a recent article I was perusing. Statistically, there is less chance of one divorcing when one gets older but I guess that because of the aging population, there are… Read more GREY DIVORCE
There are many issues where tax impacts upon a family law property settlement. In my experience, the following three are some of the most important and/or overlooked problems that arise when parties are looking at finalising their property settlement:- 1. Tax… Read more Three Important Things You Need to Know about Tax and Family Law Property Settlements
A proposal by the Federal Government that the Federal Court takeover the running of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court for all Family Law matters is simply an outrageous and dollar driven decision. The decision (if implemented) will do… Read more Family Court Political Reform is all about the Money and Not People
I was reading an article in the Dallas Morning News recently about a divorce attorney who had supposedly achieved success at matchmaking various clients and other attorneys. The article had me laughing and asking myself “is this seriously news in Dallas?”… Read more DIVORCE LAWYERS CAN TELL YOU WHO NOT TO MARRY