Category - Family & Divorce
The news broke yesterday that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates have officially filed for divorce.
Whilst divorce may feel like the loss of a loved one, death and divorce are life events that intertwine in ways beyond the emotional – your estate planning.
As an estate planning lawyer...
Firstly… what is (and isn’t) a divorce?
A divorce, quite simply, is the legal end to your marriage. Any arrangements made with your former partner over the division of property or care arrangements for children are dealt with separately. You can divide the property of the marriage and put care arrangements in place for your...
For most of us, our homes are where we feel safe and secure. For others, a home is a hostile place where safety is not a certainty and where protecting oneself and our family is a daily struggle.
It’s a day by day ritual of walking on eggshells to keep the peace and never knowing what slightest act or word will trigger...
Separation and all the challenges that follow are daunting, regardless of the stage of life you may be in. It is incredibly easy to become consumed by the emotional turmoil of the situation, which inturn can also make it hard to decipher what to do next, who you should speak with and where you seek help from. These are basic...
You’re separated but not divorced … do you know that your ex may still receive your assets upon your death?
If you are dealing with a separation from your spouse, the last thing you may be thinking about is updating your Will. However this may be the most important time to consider your estate planning.
If you do not...
For separated families the additional stress and uncertainty brought about by COVID-19 has added an unwanted layer of complexity to resolving care arrangements and finalising property settlements.Now more than ever is the time to seek specialised family law advice to cut through complexity created by COVID-19.
Coronavirus has hit us at an alarming speed. I personally didn’t expect this to happen so quickly because everything I was reading and seeing on the news was happening in China and Italy which is so far away from home. Now as I sit in my home office and prepare this blog, and each time I watch the news, reality has...
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for us all in every aspect of our lives.
There is no doubt that this uncertain time will be particularly stressful for separated parents and blended families trying to work through the difficulties our community is facing at the moment.
The Family Law...
For separated families who are disputing care arrangements for their children the preparation of a Family Assessment Report by a child psychologist or case worker is often a crucial part of achieving a resolution. A Family Assessment Report, however, should not be considered to predetermine the outcome of the dispute.