Family Law

27
May

Siblings Feuding Over a Business: Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Domestic Violence Protection Order Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order? “It is the purpose of this Act to afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide” (Domestic Violence Act) When sibling rivalry escalates into physical or psychological abuse, victims
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29
Jan

A Valentine’s Day Thought for Life Partners: What is a “Universal Partnership”?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Wills & Estate Planning | Family Law | Wills What is a “Universal Partnership”? “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce” (Groucho Marx) This Valentine’s Day, think about the legal aspects of your romantic relationship. They’re a lot less exciting than the traditional declarations of love backed up by chocolates and flowers, but
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26
Oct

How Does the New Divorce Act Ruling Affect You?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law How Does the New Divorce Act Ruling Affect You? Family Law – Media reports of the recent Constitutional Court decision holding a section of the Divorce Act unconstitutional and giving Parliament 24 months to remedy that haven’t always been clear about who needs to be aware of this, and who doesn’t.

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26
Sep

Dementia: Understanding Your Legal Options

“Dementia is the plague of our time, the disease of the century” (Unattributed) Dementia is a widespread medical condition that affects people of all ages but particularly the elderly, and includes conditions like Alzheimer’s. One of the most significant challenges of dementia is the loss of mental capacity, making it difficult for individuals to make crucial decisions, including those related

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26
Jul

Divorce: What is Forfeiture of Benefits and When is it Ordered?

“So often, a party in a divorce is so aggrieved and upset by their spouse’s behaviour during the marriage, and rightfully so, that they cannot fathom having to give up an asset or let their spouse benefit in any way, upon divorce. We have had numerous spouses wanting us to apply forfeiture of the benefits of the marriage based on

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26
May

Maintenance Claims and Life Partners

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law | Litigation Maintenance Claims and Life Partners More and more couples are opting to live together as permanent life partners rather than enter into a formal marriage. The risk for such couples is that whilst our law is steadily (if slowly and cautiously) extending many of the protections of formal marriage
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24
Apr

Divorce: Remember to Review Your Will!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Divorce & Wills Divorce: Remember to Review Your Will! “It has long been a foundational principle of our common law and the legislation that has governed the law of testamentary succession that a will, properly executed, is the document that authoritatively reflects the genuine and voluntary dispositions of a testatrix.” (Extract from judgment
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26
Oct

It’s Wedding Season – Three Questions to Ask Before You Marry

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law It’s Wedding Season – Three Questions to Ask Before You Marry “Marriage is a matter of more worth / Than to be dealt in by attorneyship” (Shakespeare) Wedding Season is well and truly upon us, and if you (or anyone near and dear to you) is busy planning for marriage (note that
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27
Jun

Trusts on Divorce: Are You Stuck with an Ex-Spouse as Trustee?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Trusts on Divorce Trusts on Divorce: Are You Stuck with an Ex-Spouse as Trustee? “Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand.” (Anon) That’s a great scenario whilst the marriage prospers, but what happens on divorce? A recent High Court decision addressed one such scenario – Trusts may be formed
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26
May

New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Divorce Assets New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You? “…the inequality at hand is caused when, after the conclusion of the marriage, a distortion is caused by the fact that one spouse contributes directly or indirectly to the other's maintenance or the increase of the other's estate
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