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?
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
No doubt about it, we’re a multicultural nation. To prove the point, Australia was recently ranked as the second most multicultural nation in the world, after Luxembourg. Almost 50% of Australia’s population was either born overseas or has a parent who was born abroad. But how has this cultural diversity affected marriage, separation and divorce in Australia? It is a question that affects many Australians. Almost half of Australian marriages involve at least one spouse born overseas. And … [Read more...] about Family Law In a Multicultural Context
In the process of separation or divorce, most couples manage to come to an arrangement as to who gets what assets. Unfortunately, there are some who reach an impasse and simply can’t come to an agreement. This can happen when couples try to resolve a particularly vexing issue like the value of a business or trust, or simply because emotions run high. In these cases, arbitration is a smart alternative to giving in to the other party or enduring a long and costly battle in the family … [Read more...] about Arbitration: The Alternative Courtroom
Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce? One that’s conducted amicably with fairness to all parties? Or is a divorce doomed to be a difficult and distressing experience, characterised by anger, anxiety, regret (and great expense), so the only sensible course is to look out for number one? It’s easy to be get caught up in a battle of wills so that the divorce ends up just another step in the marital dispute. And as a family lawyer, I’d be the first to admit there is unfortunately a legal … [Read more...] about How to have a good divorce
Where do you begin once you've decided to separate? What should you do to make sure you survive separation? When someone faces a separation after a long marriage or relationship, the problems can seem overwhelming. There are often many issues to face as well as practical things to do. It is hard to know where to start. Typically, a good place to start is consulting with your family lawyer who can help you establish your priorities, work out a plan of action and put it into effect. But … [Read more...] about Survive Separation: Six Things To Do When You Separate