Category: Family Law

Starting at the end. Preparing for separation

Covid lockdowns have impacted all of our lives in ways we could never have imagined, bringing people to question what is important in their lives, what they want for their future, and make some “life…

Undisclosed superannuation entitlements – You can run but you can’t hide

You can run but you can’t hide!  With new legislation enabling parties to obtain details of their former partner’s superannuation entitlements, superannuation can no longer be hidden from former spouses during family settlements. The reality…

Trusted advisors working together is fundamental to achieving the best Family Law outcome

Often in family breakdowns, particularly where a husband and wife are part of a family business, accountants, commercial lawyers and sometimes financial planners, will be involved. As part of this involvement, these professionals are usually…

Leaving the door open – risks of not formalising a property settlement

When separating, should you formalise a property settlement?  What are the risks if you don’t? Parties may agree, either by themselves, or with the assistance of other professionals, including accountants, financial advisers or commercial or…

Blended Families, Superannuation and Life Insurance

Continuing the Blended Families Series, another asset protection method that is often overlooked is the use of superannuation death benefits and life insurance. Superannuation and life insurance does not automatically form part of a person’s…

Blended Families and Family Trusts

Continuing the Blended Families Series, another way assets can be protected is through the use of trusts. Family discretionary trusts have become a popular vehicle to protect assets and stream family income to benefit from…

Blended Families and Life Interests

Continuing the Blended Families Series, another way to protect your assets in blended families is the use of life interests. A life interest provides limited rights with respect of a property to a beneficiary for…

Do I need a Family Lawyer?

Not every separated couple engages family lawyers.  There are many reasons for this, but primarily this includes: The separated couple are amicable, and “lawyering up” sends a message almost akin to a declaration of war;…

Blended Families and Property Ownership

There are 6 million families in Australia[1]. Of these families: 90% with children consist of at least one child who is the natural or adopted child of both partners in the couple. 6% are step-families….

Josephine Sergi heads up new Family Law offering

Melbourne law firm Kalus Kenny Intelex is expanding its services to include Family Law with the appointment of Josephine Sergi. Josephine is joining KKI to head-up a new Family Law practice where she will combine…