October 2020

De Facto, Night Facto…

By | October 15th, 2020|

De facto, night facto, the fact that they're facto-ing at all I find repulsive in the extreme.  #kathkimquotes Not all relationships are front and centre. Not all relationships are a matter of public opinion. In an ever public world we deal with clients who are increasingly private. That being said [...]

August 2020

Dirty John & The Date Of Separation

By | August 28th, 2020|

You may have seen on Netflix recently, the new Dirty John series which covers the very messy divorce of Betty Broderick from Dan Broderick III. One of the interesting aspects of the proceedings, and one which caused considerable anguish for Betty, was that Dan Broderick had allegedly been strategic in [...]

No Money in the Kitty – Family Law Proceedings and Bankruptcy

By | August 3rd, 2020|

A person can be declared bankrupt either by a creditor making an application to the court which results in the person becoming bankrupt, or the person themselves can file a ‘debtor’s petition’ declaring themselves bankrupt. A bankruptcy trustee is immediately appointed to take control of the bankrupt’s assets and income [...]

July 2020

Cheating is Cheating – Financial Infidelity

By | July 24th, 2020|

Some call them mushrooms (kept in the dark). The party of the relationship who, although being provided for, doesn’t know how the sausage gets made. It may be all well and good when you are being provided for but financial control can lead to financial manipulation. Tiyce & Lawyers often [...]

May 2020

Securing your future in a pandemic

By | May 11th, 2020|

Last weekend the Sydney property market recorded the lowest clearance rates since 2015 with only 36.3% of properties sold. Partially attributable to the ban on public auctions, there is real concern that people are simply not willing to take the price offered. Divorcing parties account for close to one in [...]

April 2020

Mediate Don’t Detonate

By | April 21st, 2020|

Everyone who has spoken to a family lawyer in Sydney recently will know about the problems with our Court system - “the Sydney problem”. Anyone who has watched the news or had a keen eye on newspapers recently would have a vague awareness that delays in the system are lengthy [...]

Arbitration in Property Settlement Applications

By | April 16th, 2020|

Before COVID-19 brought the world to a virtual stand-still, property settlement applications would generally pass through the Courts in a period of 18 months to three years.  If your matter was urgent, then interim hearings could be dealt with expeditiously. However, given the decreased capacity of the Court to hear [...]

March 2020

COVID-19 and Dividing the Kleenex

By | March 26th, 2020|

We are currently facing a lot of challenges, who knew one of them would be battling the magpies down at the local Woollies! Toilet paper jokes aside if you and your partner are engaged in negotiations to separate your property, serious issues have arisen that must be taken into account [...]

Property settlement in a pandemic

By | March 25th, 2020|

Property prices – dropping. Superannuation entitlements – halved. Share portfolios - free fall. 80/20, 60/30, 50/50 - parties throw around percentages but the question now more than ever is OF WHAT? Simply put, no sensible settlement negotiations can occur without a settled balance sheet - in the current economic climate [...]

Estate Planning & Blended Families

By | March 20th, 2020|

It is common for people to pool assets when they commence a new life together.  The main asset for most of us is our family home, generally held jointly with our partners.  When a spouse dies their share generally passes automatically to the surviving spouse. This causes problems for children [...]

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