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What is Financial Disclosure?

Parties to a property matter have a duty to make full and frank financial disclosure in a timely manner. All documents that are within a parties’ possession, power or control that are relevant to the case must be disclosed. This includes information recorded in a...

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Superannuation Splitting

Superannuation is treated as a type of property interest under the Family Law Act 1975. The Act stipulates that, in proceedings for property settlement, the Court may make orders in relation to superannuation interests of the parties. This applies whether the parties...

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Consent Orders & Financial Agreements

Reached an Agreement About Property - Now What? If you and your former partner have reached an agreement about how the assets of your relationship will be divided, it is important that the agreement is properly documented. It is important to do this to prevent future...

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How to Divorce in Australia

The breakdown of a relationship is never easy, there are often many steps involved when there is a breakdown of a relationship including property issues, children and divorce. In Australia, a divorce may be obtained in either the Family Court of Australia (if you...

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Enduring Guardianship

When it comes to making important decisions, especially once someone has lost capacity, most of the time the immediate thought goes to financial management. Many do not consider what will happen if they are in a position where they are unable to make lifestyle and...

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Mediation in Parenting Matters

After the breakdown of a relationship, stress levels can be at an all-time high with emotions running wild. When it comes to the care of children, parents understandably can become very stressed about the future care of their children including who they are going to...

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Power Of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which the person making the document (“the Principal”) nominates and gives legal authority to a nominated person (“the Attorney”) to act on their behalf with respect to their financial affairs. A Power of Attorney is just as...

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Family Dispute Resolution

If you are experiencing a family dispute or breakdown and need to arrange a mediation session there may be a significant waiting period involved.  We would like to remind our clients that the Family Relationship Centre at Blacktown currently has much shorter waiting...

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Same-Sex Parents Not an Issue According to Research….

With the recent publicity surrounding the legalisation of same-sex marriage in both the USA and Ireland, many social commentators are predicting changes to the Australian Marriage Act in the not-too-distant future. One of the key points that is often raised when...

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Yours, Mine or Ours? Inheritances and Family Law

During the course of a marriage or de-facto relationship, one or both of the parties involved may receive a gift in the form of an inheritance.   The intention of the loved one or family member leaving the inheritance is almost always to make life easier for their...

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These fact sheets are designed to provide an overview of the relevant issues and systems so that you have a better understanding of the process.