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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”


Thorne & Kennedy – A caution on Binding Financial Agreements in Australia

Greg Martinovich
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 23/07/2019

60-Second Summary: Thorne & Kennedy is a recent High Court decision that has changed the legal landscape in Australia when dealing with “prenups” and Financial Agreements. This case has changed the way lawyers approach such Agreements and unconscionable conduct is now at the forefront of legal discussion across the country. Don’t leave it until the … Continue reading “Thorne & Kennedy – A caution on Binding Financial Agreements in Australia”


“But we broke up years ago…” – The Impact of Delay in Family Court Settlements

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/12/2018

There appears to be a significant degree of misunderstanding amongst the public surrounding the issue of inheritances in Family Law property settlements, and how they should be treated. This is especially so when the inheritance is received after the parties have been separated, often for quite lengthy periods. Two relatively recent cases re-affirm the danger … Continue reading ““But we broke up years ago…” – The Impact of Delay in Family Court Settlements”


No Property Settlement Orders – Even After 27 Years…

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Many people assume that the breakdown of a legally recognised relationship, be it a marriage or a de facto relationship, will automatically result in a property settlement occurring. Whilst this is true in the majority, some relationships have unique details and peculiarities that differentiate them from the norm. Below is an example of one such … Continue reading “No Property Settlement Orders – Even After 27 Years…”


Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Family Lawyers are often asked by parents (usually, the primary caregiver for a child) about their ability to change their child’s surname, after separation or divorce.  That parent might have reverted to using their maiden name, or might ultimately be re-marrying a new partner with an entirely different surname. Occasionally, there may be several children … Continue reading “Renaming A Child – Can I Change My Child’s Name After Separation?”