After many twists and turns, same sex marriage is legal in Australia at last, and many couples are excitedly planning their nuptials as a result.
But what many don’t realise is that family law has its own twists and turns for same sex couples – for many involving such things as fertility and donor agreements as well as finances, parenting agreements and more.
Today, Tuesday January 9, 2018, is the first day same-sex couples can legally marry in Australia, being one month (the statutory waiting period) after the law changed on December 9, 2017.
While there’s much excitement (and many weddings) going on around Australia today, many couples are not aware that marriage usually revokes a prior will.
Litigation should be viewed as a ‘last choice’ in family law matters.
Last week, I appeared in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in a busy duty list. The Judge on that occasion indicated that they were providing final hearing dates in 2020.
The Family Court system has been chronically underfunded through successive governments for decades. On 30 May 2017 the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia appeared before a House of Representatives Standing Committee enquiry into how the family law system can better support and protect those affected by family violence.
The team at Tiyce & Lawyers and I are thrilled to announce the promotion of Thomas Mathews to Associate Solicitor.
Thomas has been with the firm since May in 2015 and has demonstrated his capacity as a reliable and robust member of our team.
Thomas is detail orientated, always prepared and has a strong reputation as a diligent and proactive practitioner.
We are excited for Thomas, and are thrilled that we are able to recognise his development and growth at the firm.
Principal, Tiyce & Lawyers