Three’s a Crowd: Third Parties in Family Law Matters

“There were three of us in the marriage… so it was a bit crowded” – Princess Diana With modern day families, the Family Court does not only deal with parties to a relationship or parents of children but also third parties such as grandparents or step-parents. In financial cases, complex fami...

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Can legal fees be added back into the asset pool?

In lengthy litigious proceedings parties can accumulate large legal fees. The question is can these legal fees form party of the asset pool in a property settlement? In the recent decision of Trevi & Trevi the Full Court allowed the appellant husband to add back to the asset pool the wife’s le...

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Substitution of Parties to Recover Taxation Debts

It is not uncommon for a party to have a taxation liability but no means to meet it, especially when the income arises through a distribution from a Family Trust. In these situations, the party may be reliant on their higher earning partner to meet their liabilities. The recent Full Court of the Fam...

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ALRC Submissions- Share Your Experience

The Australian Law Reform Commission (“ALRC”) is currently calling for submissions from family law professionals and those with experience of the family law system. As such, Nicholes Family Lawyers is currently considering submissions regarding ways of improving the system whilst prioritising th...

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Death no protection from property settlement

Facts In the recent decision of Whooten & Frost (Deceased) [2017] FamCA 975, Justice Cronin explored the power of the Family Court to make orders following the death of a party to proceedings. The Wife (Whooten) and Husband (Frost) had married in 2003 and divorced in June 2015. Between the time ...

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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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