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Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/08/2019

  60–Second Summary The appointment of a Single Expert Witness (“Expert”) may become necessary in parenting proceedings in the Family Court where a professional opinion would assist the Court in reaching a decision. Issues requiring input from an Expert might include: Where and with whom the children ought to live How much time the children … Continue reading “Single Expert Witnesses in Parenting Proceedings”


Child Support Arrangements & Agreements

Rachael King
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 08/08/2019

What is Child Support and what does it cover? All parents have a responsibility to adequately and properly financially support their child/ren until they attain the age of 18 years. Both the Family Court and government agencies consider such expenses to include housing, food, clothing and costs related to their child/ren’s education. These are the … Continue reading “Child Support Arrangements & Agreements”


Parenting Plans vs Consent Orders: What’s the difference?

Caley Kim
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 23/07/2019

What is a parenting plan? A Parenting Plan is a written agreement which covers parenting arrangements for children but is not formally approved by the Court. It is a more informal way of having arrangements in place for your children than Consent Orders, as the parties do not have to make a formal application to … Continue reading “Parenting Plans vs Consent Orders: What’s the difference?”


Expert Witnesses in Financial Proceedings

Rebecca Ward
Senior Associate
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/08/2019

60-Second Summary: In order to reach an agreement on how to divide property between parties in a financial matter, it may be beneficial to appoint an expert witness who is qualified to determine the value of certain assets in the property pool. It is important to consider when it may be appropriate to appoint an … Continue reading “Expert Witnesses in Financial Proceedings”


De Facto Superannuation Splitting in Western Australia

Amy James
Senior Associate

Last Updated on 23/07/2019

60-Second Summary: It might come as a surprise to many but currently, in Western Australia, superannuation is not considered an asset for the purpose of a property division between de facto couples following a separation. This means that, unlike in any other Australian state or territory, superannuation cannot be split or transferred between de facto … Continue reading “De Facto Superannuation Splitting in Western Australia”


Consent Orders – Everything You Need To Know

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 23/07/2019

Consent Orders – Is my Agreement Final? Family Law is often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: the cost of legal representation, month upon month of delay, the uncertainty of outcomes, etc. But it isn’t generally highlighted just how often separating couples manage to resolve their property and parenting disputes without recourse to … Continue reading “Consent Orders – Everything You Need To Know”


17 Things You Need To Know About The Divorce Process

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 19/07/2019

The Divorce Process in Australia Clients often come to an initial consultation with us stating that they “want a divorce” when what they really mean is that they want to resolve a property settlement dispute with the other party or to sort out their parenting arrangements following separation. Whilst many clients genuinely believe the term “divorce” … Continue reading “17 Things You Need To Know About The Divorce Process”


Want to Excel in your Family Law Case?

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

I’m talking about Microsoft Excel, and I’m going to convince you that spreadsheets are your best friend in any property settlement case. Here’s why: Disclosure Why not use an Excel spreadsheet to list your disclosure documents (and the other party’s!), rather than doing it in Word? The benefit of preparing the List in Excel is … Continue reading “Want to Excel in your Family Law Case?”


Merry Christmas! And Office Closure Hours

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

The Team as DS Family Law wish you a joyous Christmas and a wonderful, safe and prosperous New Year. For your convenience, please note that our office will be closed from 12pm on Friday, 22 December 2017, and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. If you wish to make an enquiry over … Continue reading “Merry Christmas! And Office Closure Hours”


Shivon Smilovitis joins DS Family Law

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

We are pleased to announce that Shivon Smilovitis has joined the firm, as Managing Solicitor of the Mandurah Office. Shivon started working in family law in Mandurah in 2001, and having lived in the area since 1998 she has developed a strong understanding of the local community and its needs. Shivon spent many years operating her law … Continue reading “Shivon Smilovitis joins DS Family Law”