Author: Simone Green

How the ‘justice and equity principle’ is applied to the division of assets in the Family Courts

30-March-2016 Family Law By Simone Green

When the Family Court is asked to decide how property should be divided, the first thing it will consider is whether it is “just and equitable” to do so. In the great majority of cases, the Court has no hesitation in finding that it is just and...

Top tips to protect your assets in a de facto relationship

Family Law By Simone Green

Couples who decide to move in together and share in one another’s lives need to understand the potential legal ramifications of such a decision. The relationship could now be defined as “de facto" and as such, may incur financial obligations for both...

Streeterlaw offers Collaborative Law process to clients

Family Law By Simone Green

Streeterlaw is pleased to announce an exciting new development within the Family Law team. In keeping with our firm’s motto of “excellence with integrity” and our focus on the needs of the client, we can now offer our clients the option...

Obligations to a spouse can overturn a property transaction

17-February-2016 Family Law,Guardianship By Simone Green

The issue of estate planning and Family Law are closely connected and it is imperative that people receive advice regarding their rights and obligations to their spouses before writing out their will (entering into succession planning arrangements)....

Family courts in crisis

12-February-2016 Family Law By Simone Green

Backlog of cases in under-resourced Family Courts Massive delays are now being experienced in the Family Court System as retiring judges in the Family Courts and Federal Circuit Courts are not being replaced. Currently the Wollongong Registry of the...

What’s the difference between getting divorced and the process of dividing a couple’s assets?

10-February-2016 Family Law By Simone Green

People often confuse the process of divorce (the termination of the marriage) with the process of separating and adjusting a couple’s property interests. The two issues are completely separate. It is not necessary to wait until you are...

Timing is crucial when filing for property orders

13-January-2016 Family Law By Simone Green

Couples who separate need to understand the importance of properly documenting their property settlement. This can be done with a consent order or Financial Agreement. It is essential that separated parties carefully note the following ‘critical...

How to decide who gets to spend time with the children at Christmas?

30-November-2015 Family Law By Simone Green

The stress of separation can be made even more apparent around holidays such as Christmas when special arrangements are required for each parent’s time with the children. Consequently it is also a very busy time for family lawyers! It is natural...

Steps needed to secure passports and travel overseas with children of separated parents

Family Law By Simone Green

Overseas travel with children is often a contentious issue among separated parents and is a common application in the Family Courts. An application for a child’s passport must be made to the Minister responsible for Citizenship, under section...

Bankruptcy and its impact on separating couples

27-November-2015 Family Law By Simone Green

Since 2005, the Family Courts have had the power to alter the property interests of bankrupt and non-bankrupt spouses. Some interesting points of law that have become clear in recent years include the fact that: The Family Courts can alter...