The practicalities of child support agreements

If you and your partner agree to contribute financially towards your kids’ expenses above what the child-support agency (Department of Human Services) may calculate to be your legal obligations, you can make that financial-support agreement official and binding in one of two ways: a limited child support agreement (LSA), or a binding child support agreement […]

A ‘taxing’ divorce: Part 2

In our previous post, we talked about the preparation of tax returns being similar to the traditional process of legally formalising your separation agreement. We say ‘traditional’ because there is a different way of formalising your separation agreement—not the outcome, but the actual process of getting there. What if you only engaged a family lawyer for […]

I’m Not Amicable or Friends with My Ex: Can You Help?

We specialise in formalising agreements reached by couples after separation in a legal way. Couples therefore don’t have to be friends or ‘amicable’ with one another to engage us. There is really only one requirement and that is simply to have reached an agreement. I’d say that perhaps two thirds of the couples that I […]

‘Christmas in July’ and Separation: What do they have to do with one another?

There seems to be a lot of ‘Christmas in July’ themed parties, events and advertising gigs on this month. You’re probably wondering though, what does that have to do with separation and divorce? Well, a few things: Typically, couples take between three to six months (or potentially longer) to reach an agreement after separation about care arrangements […]

Why You Should Get Independent Legal Advice Before You Sign Your Agreement

There are certainly benefits, pros and advantages to having independent legal advice about the deal that you and your partner have reached together and about how the documents formalising your agreement(s) are drafted before you sign your agreement. Whilst to enter into Financial Consent Orders, Parenting Consent Orders or a Parenting Plan (which are the documents that […]

Lawyers Who Tell You What You Want to Hear

There are lawyers out there, just like car sales people, who will tell you what you want to hear. Perhaps you want to hear how much you’re “entitled” to in the division of assets or, that you “could get more” or that you’ll “definitely be able to have your children 50% of the time”. We’d suggest […]

Separation and Money: The Value of a Great Money Plan

Guest Blog By Scott Paterson, Financial Advisor & Founder of Deep Wealth Going through a separation is a stressful time and, like it or not, money is often front and centre in your discussions. Worryingly, specific research and stats around divorce show increased stress, lower rates of home ownership, reduced superannuation levels and poorer educational outcomes for […]

What Not to Do When Separating

Don’t act deceptively or at least think very carefully before doing so. This includes transferring money without telling your partner, going through your partner’s belongings without their agreement, telling your partner that you’re separated after you’ve already moved out. Having worked with hundreds of separated clients, the deception of the other person around the time of separation […]

What does the law say about care arrangements for our children?

The law says that care arrangements for children should be those that are in their ‘best interests’. What does that mean? Well, in considering what arrangements are in a child’s best interests after separation, the law says that there are two major pillars to consider—the need to protect a child from harm (psychological, physical abuse/harm, […]

The ‘We’ Propositions and the ‘Reframe’

As a lawyer practicing solely in family law, I can tell you that one of the most important things that I consider to be influential and critical to discussions between couples who are separating, is communication and the importance of ‘the re-frame’. Whilst emotionally it can serve to discuss what went wrong, who did what […]