Believe it or not, Family Lawyers are actually human and often partake in a drink or two at their local watering hole. Whilst participating in such a favoured past time, I am often brought into and/or overhear conversations about the legal status and implications of de facto relationships in Australia. During the course of those … Continue reading “De Facto Relationship Law – Is My Partner Entitled To Half The House?”
What is disclosure? Disclosure is the process whereby each party to a legal dispute exchanges relevant documents in their possession or control. Parties of family law cases have a duty to exchange both documents that are helpful and detrimental to their case. The aim of disclosure is to help the parties focus on genuine issues, … Continue reading “Disclosure in Family Law Cases – Some Practical Tips”
Case in point: Loffler-Wingrove and Wingrove  FCWA 55 The parents in this case applied for parenting orders in circumstances where, since separating in 2011, they had shared care of the children on a day-about basis. At Trial, the Mother raised concerns about the Father watching porn, and using cannabis. The matter was heard by Walters J. … Continue reading “Does watching porn make you a bad parent?”
The transient nature of the Northern Territory, the nature of the employment opportunities in the Top End (such as mining and defence) and the high cost of living often means that families negotiating how they will parent following a separation will also have to give consideration to relocation, where one parent seeks to move a … Continue reading “Relocation – Things to consider for your first meeting with a lawyer”
As highlighted in my previous article “Why do I need a Family Lawyer?”, a failure to finalise your property settlement with your former spouse/partner as promptly as possible after separation can have drastic consequences on the outcome. No family law case highlights this more painfully – at least, for high-income parties – than the decision in Trask … Continue reading “The Need for Speed? – Post-Separation Settlement”
As everyone in Western Australia knows, property prices have plummeted in recent years, particularly in regional communities reliant on the resources industry. This has caused problems for separated couples who entered into Consent Orders for property settlement, only to find they could not sell one or more properties for the price they assumed they would … Continue reading “We’ve been ordered to sell the house, but we can’t!”
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, 23 December 2016, and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday, 3 January 2017.
In my last article, I discussed why it is a good idea to get advice from a family lawyer. In this article, I provide tips on how to choose the right one for you. For most people, the relationship with their family lawyer is different to that with their accountant, financial planner or commercial lawyer, … Continue reading “How To Choose a Family Lawyer”
Join our Director, Milos Supljeglav and Mix 94.5 Drive’s Lisa and Tim, as they discuss surrogacy and the case of baby Gammy. Please consult our page “Surrogacy in WA” for a comprehensive legal guide on this complex area of law.
Once a Trial has concluded, it may be many months (or longer) before Judgment is delivered and orders made. In that time, new evidence may come to light which, if put before the Judge, could affect their decision. In this article I look at the legal principles which govern the “re-opening” of a matter after Trial, … Continue reading “Re-opening proceedings before final orders are made”