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Family Court ruling clarifies status of potentially polygamous marriages. By Sage Leslie In many countries around the world, polygamous marriage, where a person is married to more than one person, is still practiced legally. While they cannot be legally performed … Read More

NFAW Press Club Event

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On Tuesday 11 November 2014 Julie Dobinson, Di Simpson, Sally McGuinness and Rebecca Tetlow attended an event at the National Press Club, hosted by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). Eminent Anthropologist Professor Emerita, Diane Bell spoke of “Science … Read More

A different use for BFAs?

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Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs – sometimes colloquially known as “pre-nups”), are usually designed to protect assets owned by one member of a couple from a claim by the other member of the couple in the event of separation. Typically, BFAs … Read More

Will Family Law change under a Coalition Government?

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Members of the Federal Parliament and their staff from all political parties will tell you that they receive numerous queries and complaints about family law matters, and in particular about the operation of the child support system, from those in … Read More

Formalise financial & property matters, in case you win the lottery

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A recent case decided by the Family Court in Sydney is a timely reminder for separating couples to formalise financial and property matters after separation. In this case, the wife won $6 million on lotto six months after separation from … Read More

Informal Settlements Really Are Risky: Bevan and Bevan 2013

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Sometimes I meet a person who happily tells me that they have “sorted” their property settlement with their ex, informally, “just between us”.  No paperwork, no orders, no lawyers.  “We just did what we agreed”.  That might sound pretty good … Read More

Retirement Income: What’s Choice Got To Do With It?

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On 25 July 2013, Prue Cameron of The Australia Institute published a report titled “What’s Choice Got To Do With It?” tackling the reasons why Australian women retire with significantly less superannuation resources than their male counterparts. According to the research, … Read More

Don’t forget to include Superannuation in Divorces and Wills

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This week the Daily Telegraph, commenting on a survey undertaken by Suncorp, reported that of Australia’s 84,000 divorces, 86% failed to include the parties’ superannuation interests in the division of assets. Given the statistics regarding women already suffering from a … Read More

Why Young People Need A Will Too

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On 21 July 2012, 21 year old Ben Catanzariti was killed in a workplace accident on a construction site in Kingston.  One year on, Ben’s parents have remembered his death with a memorial and by launching a campaign to raise … Read More

What is a De Facto Relationship?

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Since 2009, the Family Law Act has applied to property disputes between de facto couples including same-sex de facto couples. This has led to a raft of enquiries to family lawyers from clients who are in, or contemplating entering into, … Read More

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