Approximately one out of every three marriages and de facto relationships in Australia end in divorce or separation. And just like the relationships that preceded them, every separation is unique. Some are amicable and relatively easy, whereas others end up being complicated, drawn-out, and emotionally draining. One of the main reasons why many separations and divorces become so problematic is the property settlement process.
When you get married or enter into a de-facto relationship, you generally do so because you expect to be spending your lives together. You begin to merge bank accounts, superannuation, you might buy a car together, pets, and a home.
Separation can be tough, and divorce can often be even harder to deal with. But when a relationship breaks down and children are involved, things become even more complicated. That’s because their future living arrangements must be sorted out. But how? A parenting agreement is a good place to start when deciding child custody in Australia.
When someone passes away, their survivors will receive their estate through an inheritance. When you receive an inheritance from someone close to you, in most cases it will have been intended to be for you specifically, not for your partner as well. Unfortunately, you may be required to share some of your inheritance with them if you decide to separate or get a divorce. Read on to find out how inherited property is treated in these situations, but first…
One of the most important legal steps after the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship is for both parties to come to a property settlement. This can either be negotiated and agreed to between the parties or be made by application to the court. In this post we look at:
After the breakdown of a marriage, there are a range of separate legal processes that need to be worked through:
Parenting plans and child support agreements are two mechanisms available to parents on the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship. They allow the parents to set out the child support arrangements, going forward.
Sometimes, following the death of a loved one, you may be upset about the amount that was left for you in the Will. Or, you may not have been left anything at all, and consider this unfair. In these situations, you may be able to ‘contest’ the Will, otherwise known as making a ‘family provision’ claim.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a substantial effect on family life, including arrangements for the care of children. In this post, we summarise best practice for separated parents in dealing with parenting and childcare arrangements, including parenting orders.
After the death of a loved one, you may feel that their Will has not provided adequately for you or other family members. Here we set out what you need to know to contest or challenge a Will in New South Wales.