Family Law

8 January – Divorce Day?

8 January is reported as “Divorce Day” with a spike in the number of people seeking assistance from lawyers and family support services following the holiday period and commencing divorce proceedings.

Balancing The Needs Of Parents And Children In Matters Concerning Relocation

Parents, whether together or apart, know the difficulty of deciding what is in their child’s best interests. In the family law context, family law courts must consider a range of competing factors to determine what is in the best interests of children of separated caregivers. This is particularly important in relocation matters where often primary carers argue a relocation may improve parental support system, but prospective “left behind parents” argue distance will likely impede the child/parent relationship.

Staff Success

MST Lawyers are pleased to congratulate our newest lawyer admitted to practice, Elizabeth Moore, and Joy Allen for being awarded Legal Executive of the Year by the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria).

Sweeping Changes To Inheritance Rules On The Horizon

On 1 November 2017 new intestacy rules come into force. These changes significantly affect the rights and entitlements of partners and children whose loved ones die without leaving a valid Will. These rules will also have the effect of increasing the likelihood of a deceased’s assets passing to the State, where there is no valid Will or close relatives.