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5 Things To Know About Superannuation Splitting For De Facto Couples

Oct 25, 2018

1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Soon de facto couples, like married couples will be able to split their superannuation after separation. 2. DOES THIS MEAN DE FACTO COUPLES MUST SPLIT THEIR SUPER 50/50? No. it simply means that if one party may use part or all of their super to pay the other party out…

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7 Important Things To Know About The Proposed 2018 Surrogacy Changes In WA

Aug 24, 2018

On 24 August 2018 the Government of Western Australia introduced the Human Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

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2018 review of surrogacy laws – Submission on behalf of Gaydads WA

Aug 15, 2018

Our principal Marty Kavanagh was delighted to work with his colleagues pro bono to assist in a submission on behalf of Gaydads WA to the WA Government’s 2018 review of surrogacy laws.

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Relocation Decisions Made From February 2017 To February 2018

Aug 15, 2018

In the period from February 2017 to February 2018, a total of 28 relocation cases were heard, with 21 cases being determined after final hearings and 7 at interim hearing stage. Of the final hearings, 1 was subject to an appeal, which was ultimately dismissed.

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Binding Financial Agreements and the High Court Decision in Kennedy

Jan 20, 2018

The significance of Thorne v Kennedy Thorne and Kennedy, in our opinion does not mark the end of BFAs as some commentators have argued. Neither does the case introduce a “justice and equity” or fairness test to BFAs. However, the case does: Sound yet another warning there are major risks of a BFA being set…

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Same-sex couples in Western Australia could have children using surrogates

Jan 15, 2018

The West Australian reports some good news for same sex couples. Let’s hope the review also addresses issues around recognition of parenting rights for same sex fathers and mothers.

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I’m Thinking About Separating – What Happens If We Separate?

Jan 2, 2018

These are difficult questions to think about. In fact, most of us would rather think of anything but separation. Thinking about separating doesn’t necessarily mean you will separate.

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Same Sex Marriage – What Does It Mean For Me And My Family?

Dec 20, 2017

The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 came into force on 9 December 2017. In practical terms how does the Act affect me?

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Parental responsibility ordered for non-parents in surrogacy case

Jul 5, 2017

In the case of Adair & Anor and Bachan [2017] FCWA 78 the Family Court of WA made orders granting parental responsibility for twin children to the biological father and another person. The Children were born overseas under a surrogacy agreement. The biological father, the First Applicant was not the legal father of the children…

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Maximum $330* (inc. GST) for all initial consultations held in January and February 2017.

Dec 21, 2016

The New Year is often a time where people wish to see a Family Lawyer to “see where I’m at if I separate.” We are pleased to offer a fixed rate of $300 + GST (total $330) as follows: All consultations must occur between 9 January 2017 and 28 February 2017. The flat rate of…

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