REVENGE – A DISH BEST SERVED … NOT AT ALL

When people who have separated first see a family lawyer, they are, understandably, experiencing the full gamut of emotions – shock, despair, anger.  How they feel can change from hour to hour, and day to day.   As their case progresses, their feelings can become more fixed.  Some feel an acceptance, and simply want to…

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…

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…