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Estate planning for blended families

Most of us appreciate the importance of making a Will and having an estate plan that sets out how we would like to provide for our loved ones when we die. If, like many Australians, you belong to a blended family, there are additional considerations when planning your estate. Most typical will be ensuring that… Read More

Social media and family law – Just don’t do it!

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life.  Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, as well as the banal events in our lives, to express our views and to stay… Read More

Can you be separated and live under the same roof?

Before a person can apply for a divorce they have to be able to establish to the Family Court that their marriage has irretrievably broken down. This can be established if the Court is satisfied that the parties to the marriage have separated and have lived separately and apart for a continuous period of not… Read More

A widow contesting a Will

Australian jurisdictions provide statutory rights for eligible persons to contest a Will on the basis that they have not been left adequate provision by the testator for their proper maintenance, education, and advancement in life. In New South Wales, an eligible person includes a spouse, de facto partner, or child (of any age) of the… Read More

What is a genuine steps certificate?

On 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) commenced operation. A number of changes were introduced with the commencement of the integrated Court including a new case management pathway and a reform of the pre-action procedures. The new case management pathways and pre-action procedures put a greater emphasis on alternative… Read More