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bank of mum and dad, BOMAD, bank of dad, loan, gift, family loan, financial support, property, mortgage, cost of living, Centrelink, age pension, guarantor, borrowing capacity, credit score, security, documented, divorce, Deed, verbal agreement
19 Oct 2023

Trouble at the bank of mum and dad – the horror story edition on family loans

Unaffordable housing leads to reliance on bank of mum and dad As Australia continues to rank among the least affordable markets for housing globally, it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people and other aspiring first-home owners to buy a property. Consequently, the “bank of mum and dad” is as popular as ever. However, there […]
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05 Jul 2023

Disclosure requirements in family law – what am I meant to provide?

Disclosure plays a critical role in family law proceedings in Australia. The term refers to the process of providing information and documents relevant to a case to the other party and the court. It is designed to ensure that everyone has access to the necessary information to make informed decisions and achieve a fair outcome. […]
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14 Mar 2023

Focus on best interests of the child in planned changes to family law

Australia’s family law is facing substantial changes under federal government plans to amend the 1975 Family Law Act, with the new Family Law Amendment Bill to put the best interests of the child at the centre. Best interests of the child to be central to family law system Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has released for consultation […]
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16 Aug 2022

Covid vaccination for children – who decides when parents can’t agree?

Objections to Covid vaccination for children on various grounds Covid vaccination for children has been a hotly disputed topic. What happens when one parent wants their child to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and the other parent is dead against it? They might be opposed because they don’t believe the vaccine has been proven safe for […]
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superannuation assets, superannuation, super, fund, account, family law, divorce, separation, property settlement, asset, Tax Office, Family Court, legal settlement, proceedings, splitting super, flagging agreement
30 Mar 2022

Superannuation assets can no longer be kept secret in family law property settlements

From 1 April 2022 changes to superannuation laws mean that superannuation assets can no longer be hidden during a family law property settlement. Under amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, it will be harder for a person involved in property settlement proceedings as part of divorce or […]
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lottery winnings, lotto, divorce, separate, separation, property settlement, assets, property pool, relationship, de facto, marriage, married, windfall, relationship, finances, Family Law Act
15 Sep 2021

Can my ex claim part of my lottery winnings?

If a couple separates and one of them wins lotto, can that person be legally required to share their lottery winnings with their ex-partner? As a family lawyer, I am sometimes asked whether lottery winnings form part of a couple’s assets that are to be divided in their property settlement. A typical question sounds like […]
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