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    FamilyProperty: Optimising the FCFCOA

    By Ben Woodward on 28/01/22 12:27 PM

    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.

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    What if we disagree about the value of the house?

    By Ben Woodward on 21/07/21 10:25 AM

    For a Court to make a just and equitable decision about how a property pool is to be divided, it must first know what there is to be divided, which is often referred to as the “net asset pool”. To work out the net asset pool, parties must either agree on values of each asset and liability in the pool or, if an agreement cannot be reached, must prove to the Court that their asserted value is accurate.

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    Family Trusts and Property Settlements

    By Breeann Lalao on 26/04/21 11:30 AM

    A family trust is usually set up by families who want their assets safeguarded and can provide tax benefits, protection from individual liability, inheritance and investment purposes. The trust deed is the legal agreement that will govern the trust’s operation, binding terms and conditions and role of the parties involved. A trustee manages the fund and has the power to decide which beneficiary/s receives the trust’s net income and capital gain and a settlor acts as a third party that hands over assets to the trustee on behalf of the beneficiary.

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    News: Introduction of National COVID-19 List for urgent matters

    By Karla Elias on 29/04/20 1:29 PM

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a marked increase in urgent Family Law cases as a direct result of the current climate, with the Courts reporting a 39% increase of cases in the Family Court of Australia and a 23% increase of cases in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia over a four week period in March and April 2020.

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    The Biggest Mistakes First Home Buyers Make

    By Lisa Pizzonia on 19/06/19 10:02 AM

    Buying your first home is very exciting but the majority of people don’t take into consideration a number of things when buying their first home.

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