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 [...]

Online & Phone Consultations available now

By | March 17th, 2020|

Just because you are limiting your contact with people, you don't need to delay discussing your family law matter. We are happy to meet with you by Skype, FaceTime, or conference over the phone. Get in touch today and we'll organise an obligation-free initial consultation at a time to suit [...]

February 2020

The Importance of Mediation

By | February 17th, 2020|

The Court recently issued the first joint Practice Direction of the year - Core Principles in the Case Management of Family Law Matters for the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The matters contained within the Practice Direction will not be surprising to lawyers or [...]

October 2019

Liar Liar

By | October 10th, 2019|

Facts in family law aren’t always easy to come by. Tiyce & Lawyers have dealt with parties who claim among other things: They weren’t in a de facto relationship That they were never married That the child isn’t theirs ...and my favourite - that the party is in fact deceased [...]

August 2019

When Courts Get It Wrong

By | August 8th, 2019|

The Full Court of the Family Court recently dealt with a case that involved a property pool that included land owned by the husband that had soared in value over the course of a 28 year relationship where the parties had raised three adult children.  When the husband purchased the [...]

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