When to marry is an important and exciting question for many couples. But the timing of divorce, especially late-in-life divorce is often of greater consequence. According to the ABS, Australians are getting married later and staying married for longer. So, it is little surprise to learn that late-in-life divorce, commonly referred to as “grey divorce” is on the rise. In recent years the largest share of divorce has been between men and women aged 40-44. And the proportion of divorces … [Read more...] about Things to Consider Before Late-in-life Divorce
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Social media has changed the way we communicate and is an integral part of how people connect in today’s culture. The use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Snapchat and other social networking sites and smartphone applications is second nature for many people. According to the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report, 79% of Australians are active on social media and over a third of users check their accounts five times or more per day. While social media is a great enabler in … [Read more...] about Can Social Media Impact Your Family Law Dispute?
After over 30 years as a family lawyer representing clients in family breakdowns and disputes, I’ve heard and continue to hear many reasons for divorce. “We grew apart”, “We fell out of love”, “The spark is gone”, or “He/she cheated on me”. My role and obligation as a family lawyer are to assist my clients in making the best decisions for their happiness and well-being. This often includes the careful consideration of divorce and whether there are alternative routes available such as … [Read more...] about What are the most common reasons for divorce?
During a marriage, many couples come to share most aspects of their life with their partners, such as children, finances, and possessions. And for some married couples, they also share in the ownership or operation of a business or commercial venture. While balancing married life as both business and romantic partners has proved successful for many couples, for some, it has ended in divorce. What happens when business partners divorce? Working out who gets what in any divorce can be … [Read more...] about When Business Partners Divorce: What are Your Options?
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?
Most people embroiled in family law disputes want to settle matters out of court, and with good reason. Court proceedings for family law disputes are notoriously long, complex, time-consuming and extremely stressful. And more often than not, very costly. It probably comes as no surprise that by far the biggest cost in family law disputes - second only to the emotional impact on the family - is the fees that family lawyers charge their clients. And sometimes these costs are high enough to … [Read more...] about Are Cost Blowouts in Family Law Disputes Justified?