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Parenting Matters

Parenting Matters FAQs

Here at Catherine Henry Lawyers, our experienced family law team are often asked a variety of questions related to parenting matters. In this blog post, we've compiled a few of…

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance | A case study

Spousal maintenance is financial support paid by a spouse to their former partner in circumstances where they are unable to sufficiently support themselves. According to the Family Court of Australia,…

Guide To Family Law Mediation

A Guide to Family Law Mediation

Mediation is a great method of resolving a dispute in both parenting and property matters in family law.  Two of the biggest advantages of family law mediation are the time…

Discretionary Trust Property Settlement

Discretionary trusts and property settlements

What happens in a family law property settlement when property is held in a discretionary trust? It’s important to start with the basics. Section 79(1) of the Family Law Act…

Future Of Family Law

The future of family law

There has been increased discussion in the media recently about the future of family law. You might recall our article from earlier this year which discussed some of the main…

Self-managed super funds and property settlements

Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) are on the rise! Both in numbers and in value of assets held. We make the following general points regarding self-managed super funds and property settlements.…

Separation and super splitting | A case study

Upon the breakdown of a marriage or partnership, couples come to an agreement about how their superannuation will be split. Separation and super splitting give regard to various contributions and…

Estate Planning Family Law

Why is estate planning important in family law?

Every family law situation is unique, so it’s important to ensure your estate planning arrangements have considered your current marital or relationship status and your future wishes. Consider this scenario……

Sperm Donor

Sperm donor considered legal parent

Yesterday, the High Court handed down a judgement that a sperm donor from Newcastle NSW, known as *Robert, is a legal parent of a girl conceived from his genetic material.…

Tax Debt

Can I be liable for my ex’s tax debt?

This question was recently considered by the High Court of Australia in the case of Commissioner of Taxation v Tomaras [2018] HCA 62. It was confirmed that yes, the Court…

Review

A review into the family law system

In this year's budget, it was announced that the Family Law Act is to undergo major review.  The investigations into possible reforms were due to commence on 1 October. Over…

Property Settlement Process

How long will my property settlement take?

I am often asked "How long will my property settlement take?"  It is a difficult question to answer. In a typical family law property settlement, the matter usually proceeds as…

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