How does the court treat family trusts?

In 1981 the High Court of Australia considered the treatment of trust in the case of Ascot Investments Pty Ltd v Harper.  The Court said quite clearly that the broad definition of discretionary [...]

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Who is a father?

In the High Court case of Masson v Parsons in 2019 the court considered the meaning of the term “parent” and whether the sperm donor could be termed “parent” within the ordinary meaning.  Does [...]

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Family Violence Law Help is now live!

Family Violence Law Help (familyviolencelaw.gov.au) is a new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help. It can be used by [...]

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When will a court make property orders?

The Family Law Act requires a court to consider if the proposed orders sought by the parties are just and equitable in making decisions for married couples and de facto couples (couples who have [...]

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Avoid ambiguity in drafting a will

It is so easy to just breeze over assets when considering your will. After all if you own your own home unit you may just assume that the car space used by you also belongs to the unit and there [...]

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