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Rectifying Defective Binding Financal Agreements – Graham & Squibb

by In the recent case of Graham & Squibb [2019] FamCAFC 33 (2019) FLC 93-892, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia considered an appeal on the question of whether a Binding Financial Agreement was effective to protect he pre-marital assets of the parties from claim. The Husband and Wife married in July 2008.  Shortly before the marriage, the
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14 years and $40,000,000 later - the most expensive divorce in Australia has finally concluded!

by The Family Court of Australia has finally ended Australia’s most expensive divorce. The case of Strahan & Strahan is exhausting.  The parties’ married in 1994 and separated in January 2005.  They divorced in 2006. Shortly after separation in 2005, the Wife filed proceedings seeking property Orders in the Family Court of Australia.  The fact that the litigation lasted longer than
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Superannuation Splitting Orders - Bulow v Bulow

by In property proceedings, the Court may make such orders as it considers appropriate in relation to the property of the parties of the marriage or relationship, which may alter the interests held.  It is, however first necessary to identify and value the existing legal and equitable interests each (or both) of the parties have in the property of the parties
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Changes to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989

by On 1 July 2018, amendments to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 came into effect which may have a significant impact on current and future Binding Child Support Agreements. Why do the changes matter? On 9 May 2018, the Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2018 was passed into law and amendments were made to the
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A Lesson in Indemnity Costs Orders

by As set out in our previous blog post, the recent case of Graft & McCormick (Costs) [2018] FamCAFC 82 is a timely reminder that you should consider your prospects of success in every application you make (or defend) to the Court and to ensure that your proceedings are drafted correctly. What happened? At first instance, Graft & McCormick concerned four separate
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The Perils of Binding Financial Agreements – Why is Independent Legal Advice important?

by Binding Financial Agreements are a useful tool in family law as it enables parties to forego the need to apply to the Family Law Courts for Orders regarding their property and spouse maintenance matters in the event of a relationship or marriage breakdown.  As set out in our blog, section 90G of the Family Law Act 1975 (“the Act”) provides
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Re Kelvin: Transgender Children and the Family Court

by In a specially convened Full Court of the Family Court of Australia session on Thursday 30 November 2017, the five appeal division Judges handed down judgment in relation to the Family Court’s involvement in the authorisation of medical treatment for transgender children. In a unanimous decision, the Full Court held that it is no longer necessary to seek a determination
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Thorne v Kennedy - is your Financial Agreement vulnerable?

by The recent High Court decision in Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 provides practitioners with a summary of the law regarding duress, undue influence and unconscionable conduct in relation to the preparation of financial agreements. Husband and Wife met online in 2006. He was 67 and she was 36. The Wife was living in the Middle East and the Husband
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Separation on overseas holiday! What happens? Hague Child Abduction Convention

by Many children in Australia have parents that were born in a foreign country. It is common for these families to travel to the home country with the children for holidays or for the parents together with their children to move overseas for an extended stay. What happens if a separation occurs while the family is outside Australia and one parent
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Great Scott! Can the Court order a property settlement after 30 years of separation?

by It is not often that the tabloid newspapers report on family law matters, particularly matters at first instance, however the recent Federal Circuit Court of Australia judgment of Scott & Scott [2016] FCCA 1659 was featured in the Daily Mail Australia on 13 July 2016. While not a landmark decision, the Scott case is a timely reminder that disputes about ownership of
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