Helping Your Children Through Divorce

Helping Your Children Through the Divorce

The decision to separate or divorce is rarely taken lightly, especially when a couple have children and breaking the news to them can be a particularly daunting part of the process. The revelation may come as a shock and, depending on their age, can be met with fear, anxiety and sadness. There’s no question that…

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Will Executor

The Role of an Executor Appointed in a Will

When creating their will, a person (testator/testatrix) will often appoint someone as their Executor. It is the duty of the executor to administer the deceased’s estate in accordance with their will. The Executor may be anyone over the age of 18, but is generally someone close to the testator such as a spouse, an adult…

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Spouse Reduces Asset Pool

When One Spouse Reduces or Tries to Reduce the Asset Pool

All too often in Family Law, lawyers as well as the court are faced with circumstances where one party tries to thwart their former spouse’s entitlements to a just and equitable property settlement by decreasing the size of the net asset pool available for division. Imagine this by way of example:   We have seen…

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Insurance Claim Rejected

Has Your Insurance Claim Been Rejected?

Life is unpredictable. Accidents happen, misfortune strikes and sometimes we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. For most Australians, insurance is a necessity, and prepares them for any number of unfortunate events. From car accidents and natural disasters to personal injuries and income protection, you can insure almost all aspects of your life, including…

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Child Support Agreements Explained

Child Support Agreements Explained

The law relating to child support was put into place to ensure that children are adequately supported by both parents and recognises they have an obligation to financially support their children. For most parents, child support will be determined for them in a child support assessment, issued by the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. However,…

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Allergic Reaction

Is Someone Liable for Your Allergic Reaction?

Food allergies in Australia are on the rise. Over the last 15 years the incidence of food allergies has increased, affecting one in 10 infants and two in 100 adults, according to Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. Common food allergies include egg, cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Many children will…

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Separating or Divorcing? Top 10 Tips to Get You Through It

January is often known as “Divorce Month” in Family Law circles. Anecdotally, we often find many people make the decision to separate or formalise their separation in or about January. Whether it is due to the stress of the festive season or a New Year’s resolution, no one quite knows. The decision to end a…

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Motor Vehicle Accident Taxi

I’ve Been Injured in a Taxi

Recent New Year’s celebrations would have seen many party-goers opt for a taxi, unfortunately, taxi drivers in Australia often suffer a bad reputation among passengers and even other drivers. While many taxi drivers offer a valued service and see passengers from one place to another without a problem, there are those drivers whose erratic driving,…

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Formally Finalise Your Financial Relationship

Why You Should Always Formally Finalise Your Financial Relationship

This is why it is important to formally finalise your financial relationship when your relationship is over… In a recent case, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia (i.e., the appeal court) allowed a wife to pursue a property settlement some 18 years after she and her husband were divorced. Generally, if you…

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Nominal Defendant Claim

What is a Nominal Defendant Claim?

Fault is at the centre of most compensation claims. When it comes to motor vehicle accident compensation, the law requires the existence of an at-fault party in order to award compensation. Problems arise when the offending vehicle leaves the scene of an accident, before they can be identified or fails to even stop after they…

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