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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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To vaccinate or not – let's look at Arranzio & Moss [2015] Fam CA 544

by The issue of vaccinating children is a hot topic currently particularly given the impact it now has on Government benefits. The Family Court of Australia in the matter of Arranzio & Moss [2015] Fam CA 544 touched on the issue. This was a parenting dispute in relation to a 6 year old boy. The parties had diametrically opposed parenting approaches. 
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Objection to production of Wife's father's trusts. Husband's right of production prevails – Douglas & Ferris & Anor [2014] FCCA 2785 (19 November 2014)

by In Douglas & Ferris & Anor [2014] FCCA 2785 (19 November 2014), the Husband issued a subpoena to the Wife’s father to produce documents with respect to a number of family trusts in which the Wife was a beneficiary. The Wife’s father objected. Trust Deeds, relevance of the Deeds and privacy and oppression The first Deed was settled on 1 December 1976
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Object to production of Wife's father's Will (solicitor had deposed to contents of Will) – Sadek and Ors & Hall and Anor [2015] FamCAFC 23

by The case of Sadek and Ors & Hall and Anor [2015] FamCAFC 23 involved property proceedings between the Husband and Wife in the Family Court of Australia. In the course of seeking financial disclosure from the Wife, the Husband asked the Wife for details of her interest in the estate of her deceased father. The Wife’s position was that she did
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Kern & Kern [2014] FCCA 1108 (30 May 2014) – Undervalued gift of real estate? Wife, her Father and his company referred to Office of State Revenue for Investigation

by This case is an example of where the interests of the State Revenue Office can be raised. The parties were married for 9 years and a major issue was whether substantial gifts from the wife’s family were to her alone or to the husband and the wife.  The wife argued that her contributions to the marriage were greater than that
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