Post-Separation Assets

What Happens to Post-Separation Assets?  Parties can build up significant assets after separation and should be aware of how those assets are treated in family law proceedings. Property that is…

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Sole Divorce Applications

You can apply for a divorce on your own without your former spouses consent, this is called a sole application for divorce. You might need to do a sole application…

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How does the family court treat debts incurred after separation?

The Family Court considers debts as genuine if they are for proper purposes. A good purpose might be to move out of the house or to pay for maintenance on an existing asset. If the debt is for gambling or another activity, then that debt is seen to be dissipating the asset pool. If a party wastes the asset pool after separation, then a lawyer might make what they call a 'wastage' argument.

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How are loans and gifts considered in family law?

If something is a loan, then it will need to be paid back out of the property pool, whereas the property pool will include gifts. Disputes often arise as to whether an asset or money is a loan or a gift, and then if it is a gift whether or not it is a joint or sole gift. If it is a joint gift, it is a joint contribution; if it is a gift to one person, it is considered a sole contribution.

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Should you finalise your financial separation sooner rather than later?

It is no secret those that come out of family law unscathed are those that reached a mutual agreement and formally documented that agreement early. Many separating couples are amicable at some point and agree on things without lawyers. However, it's at that exact point separating couples need to inject some law into the agreement and formalise it.

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Can a binding financial agreement be overturned?

Yes, a Binding Financial Agreement can get overturned for various reasons. These reasons include duress, improper execution, change of circumstances (you should review your binding financial agreement often); in fact; almost anything can overturn a binding financial agreement.

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Are assets received post family law separation included in the property settlement?

Family law property settlements are not calculated on the date of separation but at the date of final orders or agreements. That means assets can be included in the property pool even if they get obtained post-separation. It depends on the type of asset as to whether it gets included in the property asset pool.

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How is family law reacting to COVID-19?

The recent pandemic COVID-19 will have an impact across all facets of Australian society, including participants and solicitors in Family Law and domestic violence matters. The level of the effect, however, varies and ranges from minimal impact where parties have already sought Consent Orders, made an application for divorce or are not in Court, to a higher level of impact for those who have recently commenced proceedings before the Court.

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What to do when a parent takes a child without permission and won’t return them. Child Recovery Orders.

You have many options when a child isn't to your care. You have these options regardless of whether you have existing parenting orders or not. You can talk to the other parent, have someone else speak to them, or you can apply to the Court to have the child returned to you.

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What am I entitled to in a divorce or separation in Australia?

You are entitled to whatever is fair. It varies relationship to relationship as to what the Court considers fair. When determining what is fair, the Court considers your initial contributions, your contributions throughout the relationship and your future needs.

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Family Lawyers Brisbane Northside

We have many Brisbane Northside locations. Our Brisbane North family law firm perfectly understands the family struggles people go through. To most, the emotional stress is unbearable. It's for this reason that we do whatever we can to minimise the legal process's uncertainty and stress.

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Do Grandparents have rights in family law?

Generally, the Family Law Act encourages people to manage conflicts among themselves and to use legal processes as a matter of the last resort. Grandparent rights aren't necessarily are thing nor are parenting rights. The only rights in family law are the rights of children to have what is in their best interest. However, it is possible in some cases for grandparents to make applications to the Court for parenting arrangements.

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Sole Parental Responsibility

Sole parental responsibility usually goes hand in hand; however, they are not the same thing. Sole parental responsibility means to be entirely responsible for the long-term decisions of the children. Sole parental responsibility is having exclusive control over what religion the child is, what medical treatment they accept, what school they will go to, what diet they will have. It means absolute 100% responsibility for all significant life long decisions until the children attain the age of eighteen (18) years.

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What are the best apps for separated parents?

For harmonious and healthy co-parenting, separated or divorced couples need to communicate effectively for the sake of their children, before their relationship reaches a comfortable balance, they must figure out a way to get in touch with each other in a way that doesn't affect the calmness and stability of their children. The management of multiple daily schedules poses a challenge for parents who do not live together. At times, even the most polite and peaceful separated parents may find it hard to manage their time when it comes to staying updated about their children's needs and schedules.

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Airport Watch list

A child in Australia is unable to depart Australia without having the consent of both parents or those who have parental responsibility. To prevent the unauthorised removal of a child from Australia, a parent can apply to the Court for an order called an airport watch list order.

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Best Brisbane Family Lawyers

We are pleased to be awarded the Best Boutique Brisbane Family Law Firm at the 2019 5th Annual APAC Legal Awards. APAC is an independent body focused on recognising greatness…

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Breach of family law orders
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Breach of family law orders

Family orders, either for parenting matters or property settlement, can be quite complex. What happens if you or your ex-partner fail to comply with the orders? If the orders are…

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How does domestic violence affect child custody?

It depends on numerous factors as to whether a mother or a father will get to spend time with a child if there is a history of domestic violence. These factors rely on one question, is it in the best interest of the child to allow custody or visitation to the parent who committed the act of domestic violence, if it is in the best interests of the child than that parent will be allowed custody when the Court sees fit.

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Duty of disclosure in Family Law

All parties involved in a family law dispute are required to provide to each party and the Court all information which is relevant to an issue in the case. If your case involves financial issues, then in addition to general disclosure requirements, you are required to provide full and frank disclosure. If your case relates to parenting matters, then you are under an obligation to provide each party involved in the case, all documents that may be relevant.

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Cost of a Will

The cost of a will can vary depending on how you wish to make your will. A Will kit is under $100, a Simple Will with a solicitor or lawyer can be from $500 - $800 (including an enduring power of attorney). A wider estate plan may be from $1000 depending on your needs.

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How to do a property settlement yourself

Virtually all property you’ve accumulated during your marriage should be included for division between the parties. We can help you gather everything you need. To make sure you get what you are entitled to the first step is to know what’s really in the property pool. To do this you need to gather any documents related to your assets or liabilities.

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How to negotiate a property settlement

Depending on the size of the asset pool and your ex's cooperation, a judge working out how property gets split is usually not going to be an excellent outcome for either party. The best result is by a negotiated settlement with the assistance of an experienced family lawyer, and this avoids the cost and uncertainty of court orders.

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