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?
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?
Most married couples don’t expect to divorce, let alone have the prudence to plan for it. Whilst we've seen a recent drop in the Australian divorce rate, the statistics show that one in three marriages still don’t last. So, what happens when “I Do” becomes “To Do”? Every divorce and separation is different given the family structure and circumstances of each marriage are varied. But the common thread in every divorce is that there are many people to think about and many things to do. … [Read more...] about 3 Matters to Discuss with Your Family Lawyer
After their parents separate, should children have a say in what happens to them? The reality is that historically, in Australia, parents have tended to believe they can work out the arrangements without their children’s direct involvement. It is true that most parents are successful in working out the terms of their separation and can do so without having to go to court. Often they will use a process called Family Dispute Resolution (or FDR). This is a very effective mediation process in … [Read more...] about Should Children Participate in Family Dispute Resolution?
Most couples accept that they need to divide their property following the breakdown of their relationship. But what about their debts? Do they have to divide these too? Many people don’t consider the division of debt fair or necessary: Why should I have to pay his or her debts, when I knew little or nothing about them and they were all his or her fault? Why should these debts be imposed on me as a result of my marriage or relationship? Do these spouses have a point? The answer is, it … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Sexually Acquired Debt in Divorce