Are financial & homemaking contributions treated differently?

Following the dissolution of a long term marriage or relationship, as family lawyers, we see time and time again one spouse claiming that because they were the primary ‘breadwinner’ or financial contributor, they should be entitled to a greater percentage when it comes to a division of the matrimonial asset pool. A recent matter –…

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Family Law Courts: here to help…but not that much?

There has been much discussion over recent months in relation to the depths of involvement the Family Law Courts are being asked to take in litigation of family law proceedings. A father, with equal shared parental responsibility, filed an application before the Federal Circuit Court seeking orders the mother of their child ensures that the…

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Father Successful in Contravention Application – Mother to Contribute to His Legal Costs

Our client, the father of three young children, had final orders in place for only one year before the mother began breaching them. Not only did the mother not send the children to spend time with our client but she also made very serious allegations about him to the Police and FACS. Our client was…

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De Facto Wife Successful in Obtaining Orders for Interim Maintenance Payments

Our client, the de facto wife, had been in a relationship with her partner for approximately six years. Unfortunately, the relationship was not a happy one and there had been a number of incidents of alleged family violence. At separation, our client was in part-time employment and could not afford to move out into rental…

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Children’s Views Are Important, But Not Determinative

Our client was the father of one child who was almost a teenager. He had settled his parenting matter with his former wife almost a decade ago, and although things were never completely smooth sailing between the two of them after separation, they managed to co-exist and he was spending time with their child pursuant…

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Wife holds Husband accountable for withdrawal of hundreds of thousands of dollars without excuse

After a 24 year relationship – 16 of those years as a married couple – and three children together, our client’s husband decided he wanted out. Ending a relationship is all well and good, as long as it is done without intentionally dissipating the asset pool, part of which the other spouse is entitled. Unfortunately,…

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Father re-establishes relationship with child after mother fails to comply with parenting orders for over two years

Our client was the father of two children and despite having parenting orders providing for him to spend regular time with them, the mother had changed arrangements as she pleased for the past eight years. Our client came to us after he had been served with a fresh application by the mother seeking to travel…

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Wife Achieves Quick & Cost Effective Property Settlement in Her Favour

Our client came to us to finalise a property settlement between her and her husband. The settlement that they had reached was very generous to her. Our client wanted to finalise the property settlement by consent orders. The court can only make orders (including consent orders) if they are “just and equitable”. The percentage that…

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Parenting – International Relocation

Our client, the mother of a child born in 2008, was a Russian national. The father of the child, her former husband, lived in Australia but was also born overseas and travelled extensively for work. Throughout their marriage, the parties spent significant periods apart from each other and at times lived in different countries. Indeed,…

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