IS VALENTINE’S DAY A HEAP OF HOOEY?

When we find ourselves in Court, there is a lot of waiting time.  And that means that there is a good chance to talk to our clients, not only about their case, but ‘life’ as well.   This week I was in Court three times, for three different clients, and we got to talking while…

HOW TO GET A PRE-NUP OVER THE LINE

This article is Part 2 in the series ‘Pre-Nups – The Death of Love?’.   So, you want in a pre-nup (in Australia, called a ‘Financial Agreement’) in place?   If ‘yes’, you aren’t alone.  More and more people are thinking about them, and putting them in place when they marry, they begin new relationships,…

PRE-NUPS…THE DEATH OF LOVE?

I’ve heard them described as the ‘death of love’.  Pre-nups, or as we call them in Australia, Financial Agreements – documents which describe a financial outcome in respect of a marriage or de facto relationship if the worst happens, and things fall apart.   Financial Agreements are a part of Australian family law.  Couples are…

IS BEING ‘UNHAPPY’ REASON ENOUGH TO SEPARATE?

Regularly, a client I am meeting for the first time is walking around with the following scenario in their head – they have mentally checked-out of their relationship, and want to know whether to go ahead and separate.   You might be in this very position.  Your unhappiness has seen you think about ending your…

WHY CAN’T I SAY WHAT I REALLY THINK ABOUT MY SPOUSE IN COURT?

Final hearings in the Family Courts are often called ‘paper trials’ – they proceed on written statements of evidence called Affidavits, which are made (sworn or affirmed by a spouse as being true) and filed in advance of any hearing.   The oral evidence from litigants in family law cases is therefore usually limited to…

WHEN BILLS COME IN, LOVE GOES OUT – DON’T LET YOUR FINANCIAL CUL-DE-SAC BE THE DEATH OF LOVE

In life, we hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We insure against business losses. We have cover for property damage. But we often do little planning for the things which threaten our relationships. If financial pressure is one of the biggest contributors to relationship failure, what can we do to protect, that relationship, our most important asset? In this article I show how a ‘plan’ can shield your relationship from financial pressure, and the steps to take if you are already facing one of life’s financial hurdles.