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De Facto Superannuation Splitting in Western Australia

Amy James
Senior Associate

Posted on 05/04/2019

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

Posted on 25/03/2019

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

Posted on 15/01/2018

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” to be all-encompassing, and … 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

Posted on 08/01/2018

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

Posted on 22/12/2017

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

Posted on 30/11/2017

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”


School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 22/09/2017

So you have just been served with an Application for Parenting Orders by the children’s father. Since separation over three years ago, the children have lived exclusively with you, and Dad has been largely absent from their lives. For the past three years, Dad has lived in Sydney, and apart from his child support and … Continue reading “School holidays in Bali… But do you have consent?”


“She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 13/09/2017

As a family lawyer with 20 years’ experience in trying to resolve some of the most bitter, intractable disputes between separating spouses, there are occasions when you think you’ve seen it all. Then, something happens that restores your belief that there are no lengths to which someone will go to “get one over” on the … Continue reading ““She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!”


I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court

Greg Martinovich
Barrister and Solicitor

Posted on 11/08/2017

“within 12 months” and “within 2 years” – what do these phrases mean? When parties to a relationship separate, it is generally considered to be in their best interests if their financial relationship is also brought to a conclusion. Limitation period for married couples The above principle is given express legislative force by way of … Continue reading “I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court”


Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA

Posted on 28/06/2017

Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 Regarded by the State Attorney General’s office as the biggest overhaul of family violence legislation in Western Australia’s history, The Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 (WA) (“the Amended Act”) passed through State Parliament on 17 November 2016. The Amended Act … Continue reading “Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA”