FamilyProperty is an online platform currently being trialled in the Sydney Registry of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA). FamilyProperty aims to optimise the handling of property matters to increase settlements and decrease the time taken to reach them.
It’s now been one month since the merger of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCoA). Since we last wrote in March regarding the merger, the new rules governing the operation of the Court have been published, the Court has begun operation, and our lawyers have become familiar with the new processes. But has much actually changed?
Accurate disclosure of financial assets is an essential part of a just and equitable property division. When one side attempts to hide their assets, parties normally must engage in an expensive and time-consuming process to search for the hidden assets if they wish to arrive at a just outcome.
In the stress of a Family Law dispute, parents often turn to social media to vent their frustrations about the other parent, express their annoyance about the process, or potentially show the ways they are dealing with the stress. Even though many parents consider social media a solution to their stress, online posts can negatively affect their case in several ways.
Both parents have a duty to financially maintain their children. It is not a surprise that this misconception exists, particularly when fathers are often depicted in sitcoms and movies as being liable for “alimony”.