Family Law

The forgotten considerations – Future needs factors and their effect on your family law property settlement entitlements

Upon first meeting our clients, many of them are aware that when considering how a property pool of a separated couple is to be divided, each party’s contributions are assessed and weighed against one another. Whoever made the greater contributions receives the greater share of the property, right? This is partially true, but contributions only […]
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I’m already paying the mortgage. Non-agency payments and their effect on reducing the child support you need to pay

When parties separate they can either agree on child support (which can be informal or formalised with the assistance of a lawyer) or parties can apply to the Services Australia to have a Child Support Assessment undertaken. When the assessment is requested, the Child Support Registrar calculates the relevant amount of support that should be […]
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Family Law

Child Support- What to do if you do not agree with the amount assessed to pay

The Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) provides that parents have the primary duty to support their children and provide for parents to have an administrative assessment mathematically created regarding child support payments. But what if you do not agree with that assessment? Grounds to vary/depart from an assessment In the absence of error in […]
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Family Law

Can I appeal a Family Court Decision?

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia determines disputes between parents regarding the future care of children and the division of assets following separation. Family Law cases are often lengthy and costly court cases, but unfortunately, sometimes Judges get the final decision wrong. In those circumstances an Appeal can be filed requesting the Appellant […]
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Children

Parental Responsibility- What decisions can I make about my child after I separate and who decides what those decisions are?

Parents, during relationships, tend to make decisions about their children together. This will also commonly continue after parties separate but many family law parenting disputes are about how such decision-making powers should be divided. The power to make decisions about a child is called Parental Responsibility. Parental Responsibility is given a wide definition in the […]
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