Sadly, about one third of current marriages in Australia are likely to end in separation or divorce. Couples in de facto relationships fare even worse; the evidence shows that the separation rate is significantly higher for de facto relationships than for marriages. But most people are willing to give it another go. The great majority whose first marriage or relationship ends, are likely to remarry or re-partner not too long afterwards. The question then arises; do such relationships fare … [Read more...] about Family Law – Getting it right the second time
As anyone who has had dealings with the Family Court in recent years knows, the Family Court is in trouble. Just how much trouble was clear to anyone who went along to the the National Family Law Conference in Melbourne, held last month. The conference is the major biannual gathering of family law solicitors, judges and experts in Australia, and the big topic on everyone’s lips was the crucial lack of funding for the Family Law courts. When the first Chief Justice Elizabeth Evatt opened … [Read more...] about The Family Court: 40 years on
Even though conflict is part of human nature, few of us like conflict situations because even fewer of us like to lose. And this is especially true in divorce. The emotional and financial impact of divorce is stressful enough, without the added strain of dividing assets and working out parental arrangements in the traditional family court setting. Given less than 10 percent of family disputes make it to a final hearing, where possible, it makes sense for couples to consider other options and … [Read more...] about When is Family Court an Option?