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Care must be taken when making a Binding Financial Agreement

‘A recent Family Court decision[1] demonstrates the importance of receiving accurate advice from a solicitor when entering into a binding Financial Agreement, also called a prenup or prenuptial agreement. The Full Court of the Family Court has recently...

Victims of family violence granted faster access to protection

New laws that came into effect on Sunday now grant police the power to issue family violence intervention orders 24/7 in a bid to afford greater protection to victims of family violence. Previously, police were only able to issue on-the-spot intervention orders for...

‘Special contributions’ in financial cases a terrible mistake?

In the recent decision of Hoffman v Hoffman [2014] FamCAFC 92, the Family Court of Australia Full Court found that the previously relied upon ‘notion of special contribution has all been a terrible mistake’ (Hoffman at [61], citing D & D [2005] FamCA 1462 at...

Wife enjoys all of $6m lottery win after she separated from her husband

After two years of court proceedings, a woman who won $6 million in a lottery can now enjoy the entirety of her winnings in peace. The woman’s ex-husband – with whom she was married for 20 years before their separation in 2008 – attempted to claim a piece of the pie...

School holidays a potential detriment for marriages, UK study reveals

It can prove difficult to find additional time and financial resources to accommodate the company of children during school holidays. A recent UK study of 2,000 parents indicated that women, more so than men, found the school holiday period particularly stressful. The...

New legal aid guidelines to focus on family law and custody battles

Recent cuts in funding for Victoria Legal Aid have had a significant impact in the field of family law. As a result of the limited resources available, many parties involved in child custody battles have had to endure the traumatic experience of representing...

What safety measures are available to victims of domestic violence?

Henrietta Cook reports that not-for-profit organisation, Safe Futures Foundation, is trialling new safety measures with a handful of domestic violence victims throughout Melbourne. The trial sees victims equipped with duress alarms and the installation of CCTV cameras...