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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...

4 Subjects that the Family Court deals with

The Family Court has four areas that it deals with Property settlement; Spousal maintenance; Parenting matters; and Divorce Divorce  - it has nothing to do with property settlement. The term ‘divorce’ is often used as a blanket term by people going through a...

5 Myths About “Custody” of Children

It's not called "Custody" There have been a series of changes to the law since the mid-1990s which have led to the modern emphasis being on a child's right to have a meaningful relationship with both their parents. There is no longer an emphasis on the old fashioned...

The first essential steps to separation

When a relationship ends, it is important to be smart about how and when financial connections are severed. Although every family’s financial circumstances are unique, you should consider whether anything on the following checklist is relevant and requires action....