SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE: FAQs

What is spousal maintenance? ‘Alimony’ may be a term you are familiar with, and we can probably attribute that to day-time American TV dramas. We have a similar concept in Australia, but in this jurisdiction, it’s called spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance is payment made by one ex-spouse to another. Essentially, where one ex-spouse is unable […]

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Social Media 6 Months On…..

It’s been 6 months since my inaugural blog. While there have been many things which have happened and about which I would be happy to write, I need to face up to my first 6 months as a social media participant. ‘Participate’ may be giving me too much credit. On the positive side, I have: […]

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How do I Choose a Family Lawyer?

You are going through what is likely to be one of the most traumatic experiences in your life. The person you choose as your lawyer to help you through a separation can be a very important decision. How that person goes about the practice of law can help you to achieve an early or relatively […]

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My Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Court

I spend a lot of my time discouraging my clients from choosing Court as an option to resolve their dispute. If clients have not previously been exposed to the judicial system, some see it as a way of accessing “justice”, pursuing matters of principle and provide themselves “right”. The reality of what happens  during the course […]

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Pitfalls for Payers of Binding Child Support Agreements

Most often when we are acting for the income earning spouse, we are concerned with “capping” the client’s liability for child support. Even though the agreed amount often consumes a large”chunk” of the payer’s, there is security in the knowledge that that the obligation has “topped out” even if the party’s income increases and that […]

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Catching Up

If anyone describes me as being “technologically backward”, that would probably be an understatement. Given my failure to understand anything other than operating the basics on my phone, I have managed to resist the lure of social media of all forms. I have told myself that my resistance is because I don’t have enough time […]

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