Imagine this – you and your ex-spouse have gone through the long process of engaging lawyers, running through financial disclosure, negotiating at great length, and finally reaching an agreement on your asset division. Papers are drawn up, and everyone thinks “that’s the end of that!” Fast forward … [Read more...] about HAVING ANOTHER BITE AT THE CHERRY – CLAIMS AFTER THE FINAL ASSET SPLIT
Separation is a life changing event. It's a challenging time, even if you know it's the best outcome for you and your family in the long term. There are so many considerations and decisions to make around property, the children, living arrangements and your future financial position (just to name a … [Read more...] about Five tips for better health during your separation
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to appear as a guest on Triple J’s National Relationships program, “The Hook Up”. Even though that program focuses on young people, it got me thinking – do you really understand what it means when someone says “I want a divorce”? From the statistical … [Read more...] about ‘I want a divorce.’ So what does that mean?
If you are having thoughts about leaving your relationship, our first suggestion is that you obtain some professional support – these are big decisions, not to be made without appropriate guidance and serious introspection. To begin any journey, one must start by taking the first step. When … [Read more...] about TEN STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SEPARATION ADVICE
Mike and Melissa separated after a relationship of 15 years. They had two children aged 9 and 6. Despite their separation they remained living under the one roof to avoid any change in the living arrangements for the children. After a period of 6 months Melissa became uncomfortable sharing the one … [Read more...] about CASE STUDY: Living under the one roof after separation
Don’t be caught out by an informal ‘deal’ or agreement on property settlement, make sure you seek advice and protect yourself from future claims. Paula and Peter were married for 7 years. They had two young children. Paula had given up her career as an Accountant to stay home and raise the … [Read more...] about Beware Informal Agreements
MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release Wednesday 22 February 2017 Our very own Family Law Matters Director & Principal Solicitor, Antonella Sanderson had the opportunity to address the panel on ABC's Q&A on 20 February 2017. See the video here for Antonella's insights and questioning about … [Read more...] about MEDIA RELEASE: Family Law Courts Crisis. Cronulla Family Lawyer Antonella Sanderson confronts the ABC QandA panel over the crisis facing the Family Law system.
For many people today, pets are more than just animals, they are members of the family. Here at Family Law Matters, our four legged family members include dogs Honeybear, Billie, Daisy, Alaska, Lucky, Cooper and Angus; and cats, Magnus, Jimmy, Charlie and Alice. Despite the important role pets play … [Read more...] about Forget the house, who gets the dog?
Please click the infographic to view in full size. When your relationship breaks down, the emotional journey is a difficult one. All too often we see important financial and property settlement related aspects put to one side while the pain of separation is addressed. This sometimes means … [Read more...] about INFOGRAPHIC: Property Settlements – Factors to consider
When one party has been the financially dependent partner during a relationship, the breakdown of that relationship creates significant insecurity for the dependent party. It is not unusual for assets to be in the name of one party. Both parties feel financially secure during the relationship. … [Read more...] about Protection of Assets