Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 29 September 2014

In any domestic relationship, the boundary between "what's mine" and "what's ours" is not always clear cut in the eyes of the law. Business interests, trusts and partnerships are often left exposed when the personal circumstances of the people involved in these entities change, for example through separation, divorce or even death. Asset planning and estate planning are topics that many of us prefer not to think about, but they are wise courses of action for those wishing to protect their wealth and/or ensure that their families are taken care of, both during their lifetime and in the event of their death.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 19 September 2014

A subpoena is a legal document issued by a court at the request of someone who is a party to a case. It compels the person receiving it to produce documents or give evidence at a hearing or trial. In this article, we look at what to do if you receive a subpoena when you are involved in family law proceedings.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law update - 12 September 2014

The recent media coverage of baby Gammy's case has reignited popular debate about the legalisation of commercial surrogacy and the risks associated with the inconsistent and complex commercial surrogacy laws in Australia and abroad.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 4 August 2014

The Australian Taxation Office recently issued a ruling confirming that cash payments or transfers of property from private companies to individuals as part of a property settlement for separating couples, are likely to be treated as dividends from those companies.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 1 July 2014

The breakdown of a relationship is a significant life stressor, and may contribute to or trigger anxiety, depression, and other health issues. Resolving underlying legal concerns regarding relationships with their children, financial security, or issues such as family violence, may assist in treating patients. This article provides an overview of the legal services available to your patients to help them work through issues arising from their relationship breakdown.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 1 July 2014

Treating children is a rewarding experience, but difficulties may arise if the child’s parents are in dispute regarding proposed medical treatment. These disputes are common in the context of a relationship breakdown and it is important to be aware of what legal issues may arise in these circumstances.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 30 June 2014

If your marriage or de facto relationship has broken down, understanding the implications of capital gains tax on property settlements is something that you will need to think about when you are negotiating your property settlement. In this article we take a look at common types of property division and how they are affected by Capital Gains Tax.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 30 June 2014

The breakdown of an ex-pat relationship requires a careful approach to managing legal issues. If you or your partner lives overseas or has significant overseas assets and you are in the process of separating, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the key things that you will need to consider. In this article we look at some issues that commonly arise when an international relationship breaks down.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 30 June 2014

Are you married or living in a de facto relationship? You may have already thought about how your assets might be divided in the event of a separation, but did you know that you could also be responsible for financially supporting your spouse or de facto (including same sex) partner well into the future? It all comes down to a little thing called a maintenance order and the ramifications can last for decades.  Read more...

Family & Relationship Law eBulletin - 30 June 2014

Financial agreements (or, as they are colloquially known, “Binding Financial Agreements”) have been available to Australian married couples for many years, and in 2009 the option was extended to cover those in de facto relationships, including same sex relationships. This means that all Australian couples are now able to plan and document arrangements in relation to their financial affairs and division of assets should their relationships break down.  Read more...

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