Legal News - May 2011

How are assets split in the event of a relationship breakdown?
Date: May 31, 2011

If a couple decides to separate or divorce, their net assets must be divided and allocated so that nothing is....

Couples should discuss finances before marriage
Date: May 30, 2011

Couples who are planning to walk down the aisle should have a frank and open discussion about money - and....

Plans to educate WA employers about skilled migration
Date: May 27, 2011

Employers throughout regional areas of Western Australia may wish to attend one of a series of forums run by the....

NSW alliance supports new family law bill
Date: May 26, 2011

Hundreds of lobbyists descended on Canberra this week to encourage the federal government to pass the Family Law Legislation Amendment....

457 visas 'achieve strongest year since GFC'
Date: May 25, 2011

Rising demand for trade workers may result in Australia's 457 visa program achieving its strongest year since the global financial....

Things to consider when disputing a will
Date: May 24, 2011

If you feel you have been not been properly provided for or have been left out of a will after....

Never a bad time to make a will
Date: May 23, 2011

While there is a popular misconception that people only need wills when they reach a certain age - the birth....

Superannuation and family law
Date: May 20, 2011

In the event of a relationship breakdown, one thing that many parties do not consider is how superannuation can be....

What to expect during your first visit to a family lawyer
Date: May 19, 2011

If your relationship has recently broken down, you may be apprehensive about taking the first step to approach a lawyer....

Skilled workers may be eligible for fast-tracked residency
Date: May 18, 2011

Demand for skilled labour could see some workers currently in Australia on a 457 visa have their residency applications accelerated....

Cohabitation agreements 'becoming popular' with de facto couples
Date: May 17, 2011

Co-habiting unmarried couples may wish to sign a document similar to a prenuptial agreement to protect their assets, one relationship....

Aging population ‘may lead to family disputes’
Date: May 16, 2011

As our population ages, family disputes over money may be on the increase - with disagreements over estates and superannuation....

'Seek advice early' with estate planning
Date: May 13, 2011

One financial adviser has emphasised the importance of seeking legal advice "early" if you or a loved one is planning....

New parents should consider estate planning
Date: May 12, 2011

Having a baby is one of life's most significant milestones and it also represents an excellent opportunity for new parents....

Prenuptial agreements and finances 'should be discussed openly'
Date: May 11, 2011

While it might be fair to say that no people enter into a marriage expecting to use their prenuptial agreement,....

'Failure to act' is a major estate planning mistake
Date: May 10, 2011

The biggest estate planning mistake people can make is failing to plan at all, according to one wealth....

Family lawyers can offer valuable prenup advice
Date: May 09, 2011

A family lawyer can advise on important issues regarding a prenuptial agreement - including how far in advance....

'Seek advice' with estate planning
Date: May 06, 2011

A financial adviser can help you navigate the sometimes-murky world of estate planning, particularly if you are considering....

No prenuptial agreement for royal couple
Date: May 05, 2011

The newest royal couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement before saying their vows at Westminster Abbey this week, prompting....

De facto relationships create family law issue
Date: May 04, 2011

Couples who live apart may still be considered to be in a de facto relationship in the eyes of the....

Money "an emotionally-charged issue" for couples
Date: May 03, 2011

With money frequently highlighted as an issue for divorcing couples, a number of experts - including family law professionals, financial....