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School Ties Can Put Parents in a Bind

School Ties Can Put Parents in a Bind

Parents must carefully consider their ongoing responsibility for school fees after divorce.

The cost of private secondary school fees – along with those at the primary schools that act as feeders for them – can cause complications even in intact relationships. When couples are separating or divorced, the question of who is responsible for what percentage of school fees can become significantly complex.

Service of family law documents via social media

Service of family law documents via social media

In a world where the internet and technology have progressed to a place where a relationship can be started with a simple ‘swipe’, ‘like’ or ‘snap’ on social media, it doesn’t seem too hard to believe that a relationship can breakdown over a ‘screenshot’ or ‘instant message’. 

Brangelina split – the custody battle begins

Brangelina split – the custody battle begins

As the entertainment media lights up like a Christmas tree with headlines of the split of power couple ‘Brangelina’ and news that Angelina will file for divorce and ‘physical’ custody of their 6 children, many are left asking what this all means.

Getting a divorce - commonly asked questions

Getting a divorce - commonly asked questions

In Australia marriage is defined as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”. When that union has broken down with no reasonable prospect of a reconciliation the law allows for a mechanism to dissolve the union. This is known as a divorce. A divorce changes your legal status. 

Finalising a Property Settlement Agreement

Finalising a Property Settlement Agreement

Separating from your partner can be a painful and disruptive time. While many separated couples may want to distance themselves from each other, it is important to organise arrangements for your children (if you have them) and the division of your property.

Family Court rules on 'special contributions to a relationship'

Family Court rules on 'special contributions to a relationship'

In a recent appeal to the Family Court, it was determined that there is no binding rule for determining “special contributions” to a relationship. The Court decided that a wealthy couple should share their assets equally, despite the husband claiming that his special skills meant that he should have 70% of the assets.

New Twist To Bringing Family Property Proceedings

New Twist To Bringing Family Property Proceedings

In a recent case, the Plaintiff Donna Nolan separated from her husband and brought proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland separate to her proceedings in the Family Court.

Binding Financial Agreements

Binding Financial Agreements

Binding Financial Agreements (or BFA’s) are intended to provide married and de facto couples with the power to avoid Court and divide their assets as they deem fit.

A BFA is a written document, prepared by lawyers, which regulates the financial matters between married or de facto couples. If both parties agree to the terms of the BFA, and it is drafted and signed off properly, it has the power to override the jurisdiction of the Family Court.