Replacing Appointors and Guardians of Discretionary Trusts

An increasing number of individuals, especially those with complex professional and personal affairs, are using discretionary trusts as part of both their day to day wealth management and also as part of their approach to long term planning. Discretionary trusts can...

The Family Court and de facto relationships

Over the last decade an increasing number of Australians are living in de facto relationships, while marriage rates have fallen.  Reflecting this societal change, the law was changed in 2009 (2002 in Western Australia) so that the same law now applies to separating de...

Immunisation and Family Law

Some Australian parents have recently begun to question whether to immunise their children, expressing concerns about possible side-effects risks associated with childhood vaccinations.  But what happens if parents are separated and can’t agree? Background Childhood...

Inheritances and Family Law

Families and money can sometimes be a volatile combination. That is never more so than when divorces and Wills are concerned. When is an inheritance an asset for family law purposes? The simple answer is “almost always”. But the answer is not always simple. Why is an...

Understanding your Spousal Maintenance obligations

It is not widely known that when we enter into a marriage or a de facto relationship, in certain circumstances, a spouse may be liable to maintain the other in the event that their marriage or de facto relationship breaks down. This responsibility to financially...