As a family lawyer, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that I only ever suggest that divorce is the right choice. I’ve seen my fair share of positive and negative divorce outcomes during my 35 years in practice, but no matter the outcome rarely is the journey through divorce easy and without emotional pain and financial stress. Certainly, there are family conflict situations, such as domestic violence and abuse where separation and divorce are necessary for the safety, protection, health … [Read more...] about How do you know divorce is the right choice?
If spring is the season to wed, research suggests summer is the season to separate. But does it need to be? A US study found that the national divorce-filing rate goes up in March and August of each year. In Australia, the peak period for separation is in February and March. And according to the researchers, this is no coincidence. They found a seasonal pattern for divorce and separation follows the summer and winter holidays. And as a trusted family lawyer practising for over 30 … [Read more...] about Six Ways to Reclaim Your Marriage and Avoid Divorce?
Starting a romantic relationship is an exciting time. The choice to take it a step further and commit to a long-term arrangement, either in a de facto relationship or in marriage, should be the decision of the couple. But, until recently, marriage wasn’t an option for same-sex couples in Australia. Thus, the debate for marriage equality: giving same-sex couples legitimate choice about how they arrange their relationships. Marriage equality is a hugely positive step forward, not only from a … [Read more...] about De facto Vs Marriage: Is One Better Than The Other?
Marriage preparation or beginning a new defacto relationship can be a wonderful and exciting time, with much to plan and prepare. But there are important things to consider. There are bound to be new financial responsibilities and obligations, particularly if you are bringing substantial assets into the relationship or have responsibilities for children of prior relationships. If you don’t think about these issues, they may come back to haunt you. Four things to consider before you take the … [Read more...] about Marriage Preparation: Before You Take The Big Step
When are two people considered a couple? When they’re married or living together? Or when they’re dating and serious about each other? Can the partners to an “affair” also constitute a couple? For many of us, the question of what makes a couple is of little concern. It’s only when the relationship ends, and Family Law determines who gets what that the definition of a couple becomes intrinsically important. In the eyes of Australian Family Law, defining a couple decides the financial … [Read more...] about Family Law: The Price of an Extramarital Affair?