Lately at KLP we have seen an influx in Financial Agreements – also known as Binding Financial Agreements or “BFA’s” - being prepared by other firms. When asking client’s if they are aware why their former spouse has had a Financial Agreement prepared, as opposed to the more common option of Consent Orders, the response is often “the Bank said we just needed something in writing”, “we’re amicable” or “we want something simple”. However, none of these responses answer the question.Read More
For most people, family law proceedings are stressful / an emotional process. You have separated from a spouse – you are now left to nut out the care arrangements for your kids (if you had them with your former spouse) and / or divvy up your property.Read More
When I think of an international child relocation, I think of 60 Minutes’ botched attempt to abduct two children from Lebanon, when the Father would not return them to Australia.
There are much easier ways to recover children back to Australia which don’t involve hiring professionals or linking up with 60 Minutes (or any other news outlets for that matter).
So, what are your options?Read More
So you’ve been served with Family Court Documents – it may be for something to do with your children, or a property settlement, or both. What happens next?
The court arena can seem pretty daunting at first, but we can help break down the first steps to make it seem less scary.Read More
Separation can be very hard if you are the spouse that earns less or no income, and your former spouses wipes their hands of any joint expenses.
So, is there anything you can do about that?
Of course these is, and let me tell you how it works.Read More
When parents separate, care arrangements for the children of the relationship or marriage are often negotiated amicably or orders are made with intervention from the Court.
When Orders or agreements are being negotiated by parents after separation, other important people in the child or children’s lives such as their grandparents are often overlooked.
You might have a falling out with your grandchild or grandchildren’s parents and are no longer able to spend time with or communicate with your grandchild/ren. Or god forbid the unthinkable happens and one or both of your grandchild’s parents passes leaving them without one or both of their parents.Read More
Despite the recent drop in interest rates, high property prices around the country mean the trend of receiving monies from the “Bank of Mum and Dad” so that their children can become first homeowners is only likely to increase. When that child and their partner separate – the question is then how those monies are considered in a property settlement.Read More
Worried your co-parent (let’s call her Sally) won’t return your child (lets call him Jonny) to you after spending time with him? Then fear not! I have some simple advice for you to put your mind at ease.Read More
Question: Fact or Fiction – You need the consent of both parents to obtain a passport for your child?
Answer: FICTIONRead More
A successful mediation means that your family law matter is over quickly, cheaply, and without ongoing fighting, unlike the long, expensive and litigious nature of court. With the right approach, you can give yourself the best chance of getting an agreement and make the most of your mediation, and these are my top tips to do that.Read More
After you separate the Court can make orders that can require your former partner to continue to provide you with financial support so that you can meet your expenses. This is above and beyond child support.Read More
A lot of the clients I see day to day have children. Inevitably they ask me a lot of questions about how their separation will impact on them and what the ‘law’ says they can and cannot do. Lets not focus on the law for a moment look closer at how we can help your children through this separation.Read More
Unfortunately marriages do not always work out like planned. So, what happens next when you want a divorce?Read More
Australians have voted yes, and now same sex marriage has been signed into law. Same sex couples will able to be married as soon as 9 January 2018!Read More
The definition of marriage “means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”. It is those words – ‘man and a woman’ – that will change, and it is proposed that those words be deleted and changed to ‘2 people’…Read More
Australians have just voted yes to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry”. That is a start – however it is still not the law and same sex couples still cannot marry. There is now a process that must be followed…Read More