1. New hope for the Family Law system?

    Family law disputes have become notorious for unacceptable delays and sometimes excessive legal costs amidst complaints of a chronically underfunded and under-resourced Court system.  Some families have waited years for a final judgement from the court. Despite criticism and controversy, there may be hope on the horizon.  A new merged Court that the Government says…

  2. Friends with benefits? A de facto relationship?

    Where parties live in separate homes there can be no claim for a de facto property division between them, right?  Wrong. In the event of a de facto relationship (and the satisfaction of other specified threshold requirements) the Court can order a just and equitable property division between the de facto partners.   Whether parties…

  3. Separated? Want to share a lottery win or inheritance?

    Even if you are separated, if you win the lottery or receive an inheritance you may find your ex-partner sharing your good fortune; seriously!What’s more – leave matters too late and you may have no claim at all. Lottery Win Imagine this, except it is a real case: Nearly two years after separation a husband…