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Elderly couples and family law

An issue facing many elderly couples is when they become involuntarily separated from each other because of their declining physical or mental health.  This is most common when one spouse is moved to a nursing or aged care facility and out of the marital home. It is useful for family members of eld...

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New Court Appointments

Attorney-General George Brandis last week named Federal Circuit Court Chief Judge John Pascoe as the new Chief Justice of the Family Court, replacing the retiring Chief Justice Diana Bryant. William Alstergren QC, current President of the Australian Bar Association, has been appointed Chief Judge of...

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Inheritance inclusive after separation?

In family law disputes, it is a common misconception that an inheritance or other large sum received after separation will be excluded from the property pool to be divided between parties.  This issue was dealt with in the recent case of Calvin v McTier [2017] FamCAFC 125 where the husband had acqu...

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Family Law System to be reviewed

The Federal Government has announced that the Australian Law Reform Commission will undertake the most comprehensive review of the Family Law System since 1976. While there is some disagreement between the Opposition and Government in relation to some aspects of the review, it is expected that there...

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