What is a Parenting Agreement and why do I Need One?

Father At The Beach

Separations are always tough times for those involved. However, if children are involved, then the process can feel even tougher. If you’re a parent undergoing separation, then the law encourages you to reach an agreement with your partner amicably. Although courts are an option for an agreement, they should be…

Do I Need to Pay Spousal Maintenance?

Grass

If your relationship breaks down, then you may find that your income is reduced. In some circumstances, this may also mean that you’re unable to support yourself. When one party in a relationship is unable to support themselves financially, then there may be a need for one party to pay…

Can I Dispute a Will?

Will

The death of a loved one is an incredibly traumatic occasion for the whole family. However, this occasion can become even more traumatic if the estate is disputed. In this post, we will discuss some of the common reasons why wills are disputed and how these disputes can be resolved.…

What property and assets [Marital Property] are considered in divorce?

Australian Beach

The Family Law Act contains a number of provisions to help with the division of assets during divorce proceedings. Asset and property division is a complex issue, and courts must consider a number of variables when making their decision. In this post, we will discuss some of these variables and…

What are the Rights in De Facto Relationships?

Forrest

Married couples, those in a civil partnership and people living together in what’s known as a ‘de facto’ relationship have certain legal rights. People in de facto relationships (including same sex couples) share many of the same legal rights as married couples. In this post, we’ll look closely at de…

Are Verbal Abuse and Emotional Abuse Domestic Violence?

Chalk Brick Wall

In Australia, domestic violence is defined by the Family Law Act (1975) as “violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person's family, or causes the family member to be fearful”. This means that verbal and emotional abuse are both forms of…

How are Assets Divided in a Divorce?

Road Dividing Trees

The divorce rate in Australia is at its lowest level since 1976, when the Family Law Act was introduced. However, with a current divorce rate of 1.9, divorce is sadly still an outcome for many marriages across Australia. Deciding ‘who gets what property’ can be complex and stressful. In this…

Can You be a Surrogate in Australia?

Surrogacy

Surrogacy laws vary across Australian states. In this post, we’ll look at surrogacy laws in Queensland, assessing the legalities surrounding the issue. We aim to provide you with the help and advice you need to make an informed decision, covering what surrogacy is, how the process works and whether you…

How Can I Protect My Assets Before Marriage?

Beach Wedding

No matter how a relationship breaks down, the end of a relationship can be an emotional and difficult experience. However, the strain placed on both parties and their families isn’t purely emotional, as there can also be significant financial implications. There are steps you can take to set out what…

I’ve lost my driver’s licence – can I get a “work licence”?

Brisbane Roads

This is a question we hear a lot. The answer is… ‘that depends’. There may be circumstances where you are eligible to apply for: A ‘restricted’ or ‘work’ licence; A ‘replacement’ licence; or A ‘special hardship’ order. Whether you qualify for any of the above licences will depend on several…

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