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We look at the difference between  divorce and separation, and what you should do to legally terminate the relationship. If you are in a de facto relationship and separate then that is the final, legal separation (noting that you will have to formally separate your assets which we will discuss further). However, if you are […]

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A financial agreement is like any other contract and subject to the normal principles of Australian Contract law. Most contracts pose no problems – they are usually a simple interchange of cash for goods. But when contracts get more complicated they can, and do, go wrong. This is less likely to occur when the parties […]

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Hall v Hall and the meaning of ‘financial resource’ and spousal maintenance. Recently the High Court of Australia determined the case of Hall v Hall [2016] HCA 23 concerning a dispute over the payment of spousal maintenance. We will have a look at what a ‘financial resource’ is and whether no knowledge of that entitlement can […]

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Starting therapy, whether you’re new to it or returning after some years off, can be intimidating. There are plenty of counsellors on offer, but how do you know who is right for you? How do you know if someone you’re interested in has the right experience to work with you? This list of questions is […]

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Humans are one of only a few animal species who mate for life (sometimes). We’re joined in this practice by whales and geese, and these animals don’t get accused by their mates of “not being present.” Humans are the only animals with a concept of past and future, and these concepts set up expectations that […]

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The Christmas season can be a stressful time for any relationship. You have the added expenses, the sometimes unwanted interactions with extended family, the excessive alcohol (and hangovers!) and – in Australia – the sticky, irritating heat that makes everything just that little less bearable. Researchers completed an interesting Facebook analysis recently, that  shows that the […]

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