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 …

What happens On The First Court date?

If you are unlucky enough to be in the Family Law system, the Court process can be quite daunting. The first court date usually occurs 6-8 weeks after the documents are filed with the court, unless the Court considers the matter urgent.  The judge does not usually make any orders on that day but can …

Be Wary Of Time Limits After Separation And Divorce

Once you are separated there are time limits for seeking assistance from the Court in property matters only.  Parenting matters can be bought to the court at any time. If you are in a defacto relationship then you must attempt to finalise a property settlement with 2 years of separation.  With marriages the time limit …

But Who Gets The Dog? – Family Law Separation

Separated couples often can agree on how the house, cars, and joint accounts will be split between them, but often settlement comes unstuck right at the end over sentimental items, such as photos, dogs, or in one of our recent matters a toilet brush. Family Law has difficulty with such property, as it focuses heavily …

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