Think Of The Children After Separation!

Actress, Mary-Louise Parker who starred in the television series Weeds has written a book on past men in her life without name them.  The interesting part is that after on particular break up when she was pregnant and after the child was born she refused to say negative things about the father Billy Drudup.  In …

Who Should Keep The Ring When The Engagement Is Called Off?

This is a question that is often asked of Family Lawyers. Many people believe the answer is dicated by convention, tradition and morality, rather than by the law.  So it may surprise you that it is an issue that has been considered by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. An engagement ring has been …

The Pope On Marriage And Divorce

Pope Francis has released much anticipated guidelines on the Church’s approach to love, sex and marriage. The 260 page document lays down revised teachings on how Catholics should approach relationships. Pope Francis said gays should be respected, but restated that there is “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. He called for …

Remembering The Children After Divorce And Separation

There are many organisations that can assist parents with dealing with the children after separation. What do we tell them? How will they cope? These organisations offer counselling, courses for parents and other services targeted at parents and children. One publication worth reading is “What about the children?” by Relationships Australia that offers advice and …

Celebrity Splits… Who Is Separating In Celebrity Land?

Drew Barrymore has confirmed she has split from her husband. 41 year old Barrymore, who has been married three times, revealed she and husband Will Kopelman are in the process of divorcing less than 4 years after tying the knot and insisted that their daughters, Olive 3, and 23 month old Frankie, will remain their …

Who Gets The Lottery Win After Separation?

In family law cases it depends on when the lottery was won and who paid for it.  If the ticket was purchased using joint funds when the parties were together then most courts will rule that the money is a joint asset.  However, there are exceptions and all cases are dependent on the individual facts …

Who Gets The Sheep After Divorce? A Farming Case.

A farming couple with ­assets totalling about $13 million has asked the Family Court for assistance in dividing their flock after the wife complained she was left with all the poor sheep while he got the better ones. The couple were married for 34 years have adult children and they have raised sheep all their …

Divorces After Decades Of Marriage!

If you believe social media it appears that Osbourne family members Sharon and Ozzie are headed for divorce after 33 years together. This goes to show that people get divorced even after being together for many decades. In a recent case we acted for a client where the couple had been together for more than …

Not Coping With Divorce Or Separation?

If you are not coping with your Divorce or Separation, it is important not to underestimate the need for counselling or support from Professionals. There are clinical psychologists, counsellors and support groups who specialise in assisting you and your kids through this very difficult time. The first step is to see your GP who can …

Division Of Property After Many Years Of Separation

Unless you are divorced there is no reason why you cannot claim for a property settlement from your broken down relationship 10, 20 or even 30 years after separation.  Once you are divorced you only have 12 months after the date to apply to the Court for help sorting out your property.  The longer you …

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