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Social media is the new permanent record

family law & social media

2017 has seen a number of high profile media personalities separate from their husbands and wives. Whilst the circumstances behind their separation are the subject of many Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph stories, certain media outlets are now starting to report on the settlements each have come to having regard to their children and property.

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Recent Developments in Family Law: De Facto Property Settlement

de facto property settlement

Chancellor & McCoy [2016] FCCA 53 (25 January 2016)

This matter was heard by Judge Turner in the Brisbane Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. This is a very interesting case where the court delivered a very clear and concise judgement in relation to when and how the court can make an order for a de facto property settlement.

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Property Rights In Same Sex Relationships

Property rights in same sex relationships

Many couples in same-sex relationships have little understanding of their rights to assets or income should they separate.  Some people assume:

  •  they did not have any rights whereas in fact they did;
  •  they had to pay their ex-partner money after separation whereas in fact they did not have to;
  •  the whole issue of property settlements is only for ‘married people’.

Below is a general overview of property rights for same-sex couples in the event of separation.

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