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?
There is a new Bill before Parliament to strengthen and simplify Pre-nuptial or Pre-relationship Agreements. For those that enter into such agreements prior to marriage, it would be fairer to change their marriage vows to take the other person for better or worse or subject to this agreement. There is no requirement that such agreements be in any way fair. A person can enter into a Binding Financial Agreement by which the other person agrees to have their children and look after them in … [Read more...] about For Better or Worse or subject to this Agreement
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
Over two million Australians live alone. For some it's a matter of choice; for others it’s because they haven’t found the right partner. For those who have been through it all before, it may be fear of the financial consequences if they enter a new relationship which then breaks down. They may have built up substantial assets and a comfortable standard of living, and are wary of putting it all at risk. Do they have any grounds for concern, and is there anything they can do about it? The … [Read more...] about Do I re-partner or not?