Family Law

What to do if you break up on Break Up Day

It is no secret to those who work in family law that there is an obvious mad rush of work in the leadup to Christmas. The cause of this may now be clearer than ever after data experts discovered thattoday, 11 December, is the most common day for people to break up....

Promotions from 1 July, 2019

We congratulate our staff who have been promoted. Ashleigh – Ashleigh Moran commenced with us at Clinch Long Woodbridge in November 2016 from Argyle Lawyers, and established herself as a very capable member of the family law team. She has cemented herself in the Court...

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

One of the primary objectives of the Court in parenting matters is to determine what the best interests of the children are and to make orders to that effect. In some circumstances, an Independent Children's Lawyer ('ICL') will be appointed. An ICL is a lawyer who...

Prenups: Everything you need to know

What is a prenup? Prenup is a colloquial American term for a prenuptial agreement - an agreement entered into by people who intend to marry. In Australia, a prenup is known as a Binding Financial Agreement (or BFA), however most people will still refer to these...

Social Media as Evidence in Court Proceedings

It is becoming the 'bread-and-butter' in Family Court proceedings that parties use print outs of text messages, emails and social media posts in their Affidavits. One judge recently said in Court, "It never ceases to astound me how many litigants in [the Family Court...

AM I IN A DE FACTO RELATIONSHIP?

A question we frequently get asked by clients is whether or not they are in a de facto relationship.  Unlike a marriage, which has a formal piece of paper that identifies that the parties were married on a particular day, it is rare that there is any formal document...

WHAT IS A “PRENUP” AND SHOULD I HAVE ONE?

What is a "prenup"? A "prenup" is a colloquial American term referring to an agreement entered into by people who are proposing to marry. The aim is to exclude either of them going to the Family Court if they ever separate, "protecting" by stating how in the "good...