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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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Sperm Donors and Parental Rights

by Women who rely on male friends to assist them to conceive with no expectation that the donor would become the child’s parent can rely on the Status of Children Act to have control over who is named legal parent of their child, however if an appeal to the High Court is successful then this certainty may disappear. Under State law
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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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Parental responsibility: what does this mean?

by Parental responsibility can be the mythical creature to the uninitiated.  Many people (lawyers and laypersons) say the words, but unless you are in the know, it can be a confusing concept. Parental responsibility is a concept enshrined in the Family Law Act 1975.  It means all of the duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law parents have in relation
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Am I in a de facto relationship?

by This is a question we are often asked by clients and in today’s society the answer is not always straightforward. Section 4AA of the Family Law Act defines a de facto relationship as one where the persons are not married to each other, not related and where, having regard to all the circumstances of their relationship, they have a relationship
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Valuation Disputes

by One of the first steps in determining how property  should be divided is to identify and value the assets of the parties. Preferably parties are able to agree on the value of assets and no formal valuations are required. When parties cannot agree on a value then the Family Law Rules 2004 set out the procedure for appointing a single
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Rules of the Court cannot be instruments of injustice

by In the case of Whooten v Frost [2017] FamCA 975, the Court was asked to consider whether it had jurisdiction to determine the Wife’s application for property Orders in circumstances where:-   The Wife’s application was filed electronically at 7.40pm after the Court Registry had closed; Having suffered a serious farming accident, the Husband died only hours after the application
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Calculating time in family law matters

by Ensuring compliance with Court Orders can be a tricky beast if you do not know what you are doing.  Usually, there are consequences contemplated in the Orders if a party fails to comply with an action by a particular date/time.  A crucial, but often overlooked, part of all family law proceedings is correctly calculating the time by which actions provided
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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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