Family Law

Mum and Dad gave me money towards my new home – how can I protect it from a future relationship breakdown?

Our property pool is only small but we can’t agree on division

Intervention Order – Is that it or can I change it?

Who gets to stay in the house once the relationship is over?

Is separation just a 50/50 split?

‘Pre-Nups’ or Binding Financial Agreements: Out of favour for property settlement?

Intervention Orders

Separated & Living Under The Same Roof

“That’s it – I’m taking the kids and moving interstate”

Joint Bank Accounts and Separation

Avenues for victims of institutionalised child abuse

Parenting arrangements may be affected by the Coronavirus

Part 2: Involved in a Family Law dispute? How to save money

Part 1: Involved in a Family Law dispute? How to save money

Legal rights for de facto relationships

The relationship is over, what about my inheritance?

X-Lotto Winnings – will I be able to keep them

International Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Same Sex Marriages

Family loans – should they be documented?

Grandparents v biological parents

Family Law facts

The honeymoon is over and so is the marriage – now what?

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Planning to say ‘I Do’? Better read this then!

Drug use and parenting

Blended Families – have you planned what will happen to your assets when you die?

He/She left me for another woman/man

That’s it, I’m outta here!!

4 things you can do to protect your assets in a family law dispute

Winner winner, chicken dinner

Elder Abuse – how can I prevent it?

Social media – think before you ‘post’

Should I stay or should I go?

Struggling with co-parenting? There’s an App for that!

Lending money to your child? Did you know…

I hope the kids don’t find out!

Can I be liable for my partner’s tax debts? Part 1

Can I be liable for my partner’s tax debts? Part 2

My Health Records posing risk to vulnerable children

I don’t want my ex to know anything about my finances

Can I use recordings in family law cases?

Property Settlement – All you need to know

How domestic violence is dealt with in Family Court

How is Cryptocurrency dealt with in separation? Here’s what you need to know.

Who gets to keep the pet after separation?

We finally agreed on child support – now our circumstances have changed. Do I still have to pay?

Getting Married?

I want to take my child on a holiday – guide for parents who are separated

Application for Divorce when Overseas

Migration and Citizenship Law

DIY Visa Applications – What could go wrong?

Data sharing between the ATO & DOHA

Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa: Travel restriction relief

Migration Update September 2020 – New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

How long will my visa application take to be processed in 2020?

I am a partner of an Australian Citizen (Permanent Resident). Can I travel to Australia during the COVID-19 Travel Ban?

Latest Migration Updates for Australia | COVID 19

Partner Visa Sponsorship Obligations

Health Requirements and your Visa

Can we apply for a Partner Visa?

Relationship Requirements for Partner Visas

Visa 489 Replaced by New Skilled-Regional 491 Visa

Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

“Am I considered a dependent?” – Visa Applications and understanding the definition of a ‘dependent’.

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

Adoption visa (subclass 102)

Parent category visa options

Visa options for children

The good character requirement – what does it mean?

China Work and Holiday visa

Why should I use an Immigration Lawyer opposed to a Migration Agent?

Would you like a free migration plan? Come join us for an Immichat.

Why migrate to South Australia

What is an Australian Study Requirement?

Foreign Skilled Labour in response to Construction Industry Staffing Shortage

Immigration SA announces they are re-opening selected State Nomination visas

My relationship is on the rocks and I’m on a Partner visa, what now?

Why is Estate Planning important to Migration?

Recent changes to Skilled Migration Visas, what you need to know…

Overstaying your visa? What this means for you.

Family violence whilst on your Visa – what are your options?

Changes to Australian Partner Visas – what you need to know

All you need to know about the new Entrepreneur Visa

New Changes to Migration Program, what you should know !

Does HIV/AIDS stop you from entering Australia?

Changes to Australian Partner Visas coming in effect 17 April 2019

Skilled Migration: New Occupations Added

How the 2019 Federal Budget affects Migration in Australia

Ministerial Intervention

Business and Commercial Law

Can bosses be penalised for accidentally underpaying employees?

Employers beware – don’t get stuck with a $400,000 order!

“I’m not a director therefore I’m not liable” – Are you sure about that?

Debt relief for struggling businesses in 2020: Not a magic bullet

I Think I Was Treated Unfairly By The Bank!

‘Cleaning up’ Your Affairs- Gifting, Relaxing Debts, Leases and Trusts

Make sure your contracts are watertight

Morrison government planning to ban cash: What does this mean for you?

Contracts and legal documents

Emails can lead to a binding lease agreement

Director liability for company’s non-compliance – employee obligations

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery Programme

PPSR Update: Leases and Bailments

Mark your territory! What you need to know about trademarking

Conscientious Objection to Same Sex Marriage? Read on …

5 Top Tips for Your New Business Venture or Start-up

Are You Owed Money?

Understanding Personal Guarantees

Changes to unfair contract terms

What You Need to Know About Dispute Resolution and Litigation

New European Data Protection Regulations and how they may affect you

What does it mean to appoint a corporate trustee in a family trust?

Servcorp and Unfair Contract Terms

A windfall for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs: new developments in Crowdfunding

Directors Penalty Notices – unforeseen personal liability

Ipso Facto Clauses: What you should be aware of before entering into a contract

My business is run under a company structure. Am I protected from a personal attack?

 

DIY Visa Applications – What could go wrong?

DIY Visa Applications – What could go wrong?

The consequences of a failed DIY visa application can be very serious and life-changing. In some cases, you may get to start over and reapply for the visa. In most cases, you don’t get to re-apply, may face up to a 3 year re-entry ban, or even worse, a failed visa application could cost you your opportunity to make Australia your home with your loved ones.

Data sharing between the ATO & DOHA

Data sharing between the ATO & DOHA

On 3 November 2020, the Commonwealth of Australia issued a Government notice stating that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will acquire visa data from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) for the financial years ending 30 June 2021 to 2023. This announcement will affect all visa holders, applicants and sponsors for all visas in Australia.

Can bosses be penalised for accidentally underpaying employees?

Can bosses be penalised for accidentally underpaying employees?

The number one topic that employers have trouble with, according to Employsure Australia, is their obligations relating to wages. Modelling released in 2019 by consulting firm PwC estimated that up to 13% of Australian workers are affected by underpayments or wage theft each year, totalling approximately $1.35 billion.

Intervention Order – Is that it or can I change it?

Intervention Order – Is that it or can I change it?

So someone had successfully convinced the Court to make an Intervention Order (‘IVO’) against you. Whilst the IVO is in place, you are bound to comply with the terms and conditions of the IVO and, if you breach those terms or conditions you are likely to receive a punishment which may include imprisonment.

I am commonly asked if you can appeal an IVO or have the conditions of an IVO changed. The short answer is ‘yes you can’. You cannot, however, appeal an Interim Intervention Order.

Migration Update September 2020 – New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Migration Update September 2020 – New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

On 2 September 2020, Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge and the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash jointly announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) for 17 occupations that will be able to enter Australia to assist in the country’s COVID recovery. These occupations are in health care, construction and IT sectors that will help with Australia’s health and economic response to COVID-19.

Who gets to stay in the house once the relationship is over?

Who gets to stay in the house once the relationship is over?

Where possible, we generally recommend, upon separation, that one of the parties to a failed relationship secure alternate accommodation. Of course, it is not always practical for one or both parties to a failed relationship to rent or purchase a new home.

How should you determine who gets to stay in the house?

Is separation just a 50/50 split?

Is separation just a 50/50 split?

Many Australians assume, after divorce or separation upon break down of a long relationship, the assets of the marriage (or separation) are simply split down the middle – half to one and half to the other. While this may have been the case a long time ago, in most instances a straight 50-50 split may result in an outcome that is unfair to one of the parties.

How long will my visa application take to be processed in 2020?

How long will my visa application take to be processed in 2020?

Many potential visa applicants balk at two aspects of the Australian visa application process – the cost and the waiting times. Unfortunately, like death and taxes, both are, in almost every case, unavoidable.

The waiting times are estimated by the Department for Home Affairs and are updated regularly depending on a huge variety of factors, which includes the volume of applications, the complexity of cases, and the ease with which the Department can retrieve any additional required information.

‘Pre-Nups’ or Binding Financial Agreements: Out of favour for property settlement?

‘Pre-Nups’ or Binding Financial Agreements: Out of favour for property settlement?

A Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) is the Australia term for the type of agreement frequently known as a ‘pre-nup’ or pre-nuptial agreement. Parties who wish to make plans for their division of property at the end of a relationship may look to make a BFA at the start of the relationship. However, there are several reasons why this decision may not be suitable.

5 beliefs that can be very costly to your Estate

5 beliefs that can be very costly to your Estate

You are probably aware that a properly drawn Will is designed to deal with your assets once you have passed away. Most Wills appear to be fairly straightforward, however, many Wills and what happens after you pass is commonly misunderstood.

Separated & living under the same roof

Separated & living under the same roof

Being separated from a former partner but still living within the same household is not uncommon, especially in times of economic hardship, or in situations where one party to the relationship may have a lower earning capacity, less savings, a disability or some other factor which might hinder their ability to move out or otherwise find independent living arrangements.

Do you have a Mortgage? Do you have a Will?

Do you have a Mortgage? Do you have a Will?

A recent study surveyed 1,000 Australian mortgagors and found that nearly half (48%) of those surveyed do not have a Will. 18 to 40 year olds said they were motivated to get a Will after buying property whilst older respondents created a Will after having children, getting married or entering into a de facto relationship. Notably 31% of mortgagors under 30 years of age do have a Will.