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, [...]

January 2018

Michael Tiyce Recognised in Doyles Guide

By | January 29th, 2018|

Congratulations to our principal Michael Tiyce who has again been recognised by Doyles Guide. “The 2018 listing of leading New South Wales Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers details individuals who have been specifically highlighted for their expertise, abilities and experience in complex parenting/child custody issues and disputes.  These rankings also include [...]

What impact does the new marriage law have on wills?

By | January 16th, 2018|

On 7 December 2017, an applause erupted in the House of Representatives, signalling that Australia has finally caught up to the world in marriage equality. This is no doubt a fantastic result, and something long overdue. Whilst records of marriages are set to spike in the wake of the bill passing, [...]

Should you pop the question?

By | January 12th, 2018|

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 [...]

December 2017

Don’t gamble on the future – act now, without delay

By | December 22nd, 2017|

In most legal matters where negotiations have broken down between parties and issues are unable to be resolved a court is the only body that can resolve the dispute. In family law matters, we are directed to the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court). [...]

August 2017

Bankruptcy: It’s All Changed

By | August 15th, 2017|

The Insolvency Law Reform Act (ILRA) On 1 March 2017, the first portion of the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (Cth) (ILRA) commenced to bring sweeping changes to the way in which bankruptcies are dealt with in Australia. The second portion of changes will come into effect on 1 September 2017. [...]

July 2017

Social media is the new permanent record

By | July 3rd, 2017|

  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 [...]

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