April 2019

Protecting victims of family violence

By | April 1st, 2019|

Recent changes to the Family Law Act have resulted in greater protection for the victims of family violence.  Among other things the amendments are aimed at ensuring victims of family violence are not put in a position where they are either personally cross-examined by their perpetrator or required to cross [...]

March 2019

Why Now? Why This Sperm?

By | March 12th, 2019|

Those of you who know the holy grail of movies, ‘Legally Blonde’ would recognise the above as a quote from my personal favourite superhero, Elle Woods.  This question, although critically debated in the film, now stands before our very own High Court as a ‘test case’ on the issue of [...]

Congratulations to Robert and Emily

By | March 7th, 2019|

Rebecca Solomonides, our Senior Administrative Assistant, is currently on maternity leave, and we're pleased to announce that Robert Le has joined the firm in a Senior Administrative Assistant role. Robert will stay on in that role alongside Rebecca upon her return. New Senior Administrative Assistant Robert Le In [...]

February 2019

Aurora announces record $85,000 in grants

By | February 19th, 2019|

We're Platinum Sponsors of the Aurora Group, a NSW based charity raising funds to assist organisations providing support and services to the many different facets of the LGBTIQ community. The following article in the Star Observer details their record grant value in 2019: Aurora has announced a record number of [...]

January 2019

Until Tax Do Us Part

By | January 24th, 2019|

A recent High Court ruling has confirmed that a Court can make Orders effectively shifting tax liability from one spouse to another. In a recent case, the wife owed the Commissioner of Taxation $256,078.32 plus interest having failed to pay tax during the 17 year marriage.  After the marriage ended, [...]

August 2018

May 2018

Changes to the Australian Family Law system

By | May 31st, 2018|

On 30 May 2018, the Australian Government’s Attorney-General Department announced changes to the existing family law system in Australia. On 1 January 2019, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will be amalgamated, (subject to the passage of legislation) and a new court will be established, [...]

April 2018

What Same Sex Couples Need to Know About Marriage

By | April 20th, 2018|

Did you know that in NSW a person's will is automatically revoked upon their marriage (unless there is an express provision in their will made in contemplation of marriage)? A timely article by John Collett and Caitlin Fitzsimmons on the SMH website takes you through what same sex couples need to [...]

More Family Court Cost Cutting

By | April 10th, 2018|

Any regular reader of this blog will have observed repeated concerns regarding the state of funding of the Family Courts. A further cost cutting exercise has now been implemented.  Notwithstanding the fact that parties are generally required to pay a filing fee with their Divorce Application, a Divorce Order will not [...]

Your Online Identity Lives On After You

By | April 3rd, 2018|

An important review is about to start to determine whether New South Wales needs special legislation relating to the accessing and transference of what have become known as “digital assets”. Have you thought how your loved one or executor could access important digital accounts or platforms including bank accounts, PayPal accounts, [...]

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