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The month of January often sees a surge in divorces, as couples re-evaluate their lives during the rollercoaster ride that is Christmas and New Year’s. The increased family interactions and financial pressures brought on by the holiday season often result in heightened emotions and the unearthing of underlying relationship issues.

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Family Court property proceedings are notorious as expensive, protracted, and painful journeys that former spouses seeking closure in respect of their financial affairs are sometimes forced to navigate. Of course, most couples who separate at the end of a marriage or defacto relationship can finalise matters relating to property­—essentially who

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In family law matters, identifying the asset pool is an essential early step in property negotiations.  This involves correctly ascertaining all the assets and liabilities of the parties, which can include loans made to or borrowed from family members. For example, if one spouse’s parents provided newlyweds with a sum

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Whilst the Family Court of Western Australia (“the Family Court”) is often the arena of choice for sparring spouses, the Family Court also holds a very important role in assisting amicable couples finalise agreements by consent. In fact, the Family Court much prefers to assist agreeable parties finalise their property

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The UN General Assembly adopted a Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989. Australia ratified the Convention in 1989. One area where the Rights of the Child come under scrutiny in Australia is children’s ability to express their wishes in Family Court cases dealing with whom

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