Lottery winnings – yours, mine or ours?

By Carlyna Yap (Trainee Lawyer) and Stefan Pantellis (Senior Associate) When altering property interests after the breakdown of a relationship, two key factors that the Court must consider are: the assets, liabilities and financial resources of the parties; and the parties’ contributions (financial and non-financial). When it comes to identifying the asset pool, it’s easy … Read more

Defining the de facto relationship

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provisional data released for January to June 2020 shows a 31.9% decrease in marriages in Australia. While the current rate of marriages is declining, the ever-changing structure of relationships and family units continues to call into question the rights and entitlements to a property settlement for separating de … Read more

Travelling overseas with children post-separation

By Bronwyn Montgomery (Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) For parents, the thought of their children travelling overseas with the other parent post separation, can be stressful and trigger anxiety.  However, children’s lives should not be affected by the separation of their parents – they should still have the same opportunities they would have had, … Read more

Who gets the children at Christmas?

For many families, Christmas is a happy time of year.  But for those who may be newly separated, it can be a time of heartbreak.  This leads to the very important question – who gets the children at Christmas? Shared arrangements For young children, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning are full of excitement waiting for Santa, … Read more