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  • Who keeps the dog?

    When couples separate, there is often a division of the couples’ property, and arrangements made for whom the children live and spend time with. Pets, somewhat surprisingly, are treated as property pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) or Family Court Act 1997 (WA) (for de-facto couples in Western Australia). Consequently, the legislation does

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    Can I get back what I put into the relationship?

    Below we discuss some common thoughts and misconceptions which you may have about splitting up and trying to establish your entitlement in your relationship in monetary terms.  In monetary terms?  Hard line, we know.  Sometimes you need to take a step back and assess your contributions commercially. Breathe. Try to assess the contributions which both

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    5 Reasons the Court has not accepted your Family Law Consent Order

    1. The orders are not “just and equitable” For the court to make an order in a family law matter the judge or magistrate needs to be satisfied that the order they make is just and equitable.  This is the main reason the court refuses to make orders and is often not particularly straightforward.  Essentially

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    Should I stay in the house or leave after separation?

    Do I lose any rights if I move out of the house? Many clients are concerned with the implications of them moving out of the house in which they live with their husband wife or de facto partner. Does it Matter? This is often one of the first questions I am asked as a lawyer

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    Travelling overseas with your children after separation

    You separated from your children’s other parent 2 years ago and now you want to take the children to the UK for Christmas.  You are picturing the idyllic cottage surrounded by snow, Christmas tree by the fireplace, your children joyful and merry… While there is no doubt that a White Christmas is high on the

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    How Financial Agreements can benefit you & your family!

    Financial Agreements are also commonly known as Binding Financial Agreements, Pre-Nuptials Agreements, Prenups and Post Nuptials Agreements.  We call it the ‘Relationship Safety Net’. Here we share an example of a family that could have avoided a nasty set of circumstances involving not just their property, but the family business as well.  If they had

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