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Relationship + Separation + Property + Handshake Agreement = Not Legally Binding? – Part 2

by Part 2 of our 2 part series on legally binding de facto and matrimonial property matters:- Considering Binding Financial Agreements Last week, we reminded you that if you want to fully and finally resolve matrimonial or de facto property matters, you need to formalise your agreement by way of Consent Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement. So what is a Binding Financial
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Relationship + Separation + Property + Handshake Agreement = Not Legally Binding? – Part 1

by Part 1 of our 2 part series on legally binding de facto and matrimonial property matters:- Considering Consent Orders     You need a Court Order or Binding Financial Agreement to have a legally effective property settlement. It is important to formalise the agreement reached with respect to the distribution of property (matrimonial or de facto). A document either handwritten or typed
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Adult Child Maintenance: Financial Support for children over 18

Adult Child Maintenance: Financial Support for children over 18

by The Child Support Agency deals only with the financial support of children under the age of 18 save where the child has turned 18 in which case it can continue until the last day of the high school year in which the child turns 18. So what if your child embarks on further study? Do parents have an obligation to
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Children, International Travel, Relocation and the Law:- A Practical Guide

Children, International Travel, Relocation and the Law:- A Practical Guide

by The recent 60 Minutes documentary about the Vincenti children highlights the importance of understanding what “parental responsibility” means and your rights and obligations when you share parental responsibility with the other parent, particularly in relation to international travel and/or relocation of children. You will recall the heartbreaking media footage of the 4 sisters being removed from their Sunshine Coast home
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Who Should Supervise Contact in Parenting Matters? Court prefers commercial supervision agency over father’s fiancee

Who Should Supervise Contact in Parenting Matters? Court prefers commercial supervision agency over father’s fiancee

by In the parenting case of Joelson v Joelson [2014] FamCA 788 the father had a history of being prescribed antidepressant medication, had threatened suicide and he was the subject of a police report expressing “genuine fears that [he] will snap and hurt himself and anyone he holds responsible for the demise of his relationship”. The single expert psychiatrist in this case
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Australia v New Zealand:  Introducing the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010

Australia v New Zealand: Introducing the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010

by Australia and New Zealand have always had a close relationship. It is not uncommon for parties to have lived and/or owned property in both jurisdictions. So what happens when things fall apart, parties separate and orders are made in either Australia or New Zealand? Both Australia and New Zealand have introduced legislation aimed at facilitating recognition of civil orders made
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What’s in a Name?  Changing your name after separation or divorce

What’s in a Name? Changing your name after separation or divorce

by It is not unusual for one spouse to take the other spouse’s surname after marriage.   In Queensland, after you marry, you do not necessarily need to go through the official name change process.  Rather, you can use your registered marriage certificate as an official proof of identity document when advising organisations about your name change.  The exception to this
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Where there’s a will there’s a? – A few things to do when you separate

Where there’s a will there’s a? – A few things to do when you separate

by There was a report in the press recently about a young man dying and his wife inheriting the whole of his estate under the terms of his will. Nothing remarkable there? Well, there was actually because the young man had been separated from his wife for in excess of 15 months, had effected a property settlement and had re-partnered. But
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