Family Law

Financial Settlements In “Short” Relationships

Where a relationship of fewer than seven years breaks down, the Australian Family Law Courts usually place significant weight on the financial contributions made by the parties in the short time they spent together.

For a fair decision to prevail, Family Law Courts weigh up factors including the financial and non-financial contributions of the parties, their future needs and considerations to achieve a just and equitable outcome.

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).