Parties who separate generally reach an agreement about parenting arrangements for their children. However, some separating parents do find themselves disagreeing about certain issues pertaining children. When deciding relocation cases the courts, like in all other children related applications, look at what is in the best interests of the children. The Courts take two types […]

The responsibility for remitting Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) generally falls on the party making a ‘taxable supply’. In a property transaction, this has traditionally meant the vendor or developer (supplier), unless the contract provides otherwise. From 1 July 2018 purchasers of ‘new’ residential property must deduct the GST […]

Due to reforms introduced by the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic), domestic building disputes must now proceed through Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV). The objective of DBDRV is to conciliate and attempt to resolve domestic building disputes without the need to resort to expensive and time-consuming litigation. This article sets out […]

Unlike married couples, de facto partners cannot apply for a divorce when their relationship breaks down. Their property affairs and arrangements for the future care of their children however may be finalised by agreement, with the assistance of their legal advisors or, if necessary through Family Court proceedings. If you are separating from a de […]

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life. Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, but what happens when people going through a relationship breakdown take to social media?

It is well known that a Will is a legal document which sets out how a person wants their assets to be distributed once they die. If you are over the age of 18 you can make a Will – provided you have capacity.

The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 has introduced significant changes to the building industry. The changes affect building practitioners, surveyors and owner builders. As part of the changes, builders must now, before a contract for major domestic building work is signed, provide customers with a copy of the Domestic Consumer Building Guide (the […]

Service of documents is an important first step in any legal matter, in family law matters it can be difficult to serve documents when the other party resides overseas, cannot be located, or deliberately avoids service.

If you are a grandparent and face the sad circumstance of a break up in your family group you may be worried about your right to continue seeing much-loved grandchildren if there is a change in care and custody arrangements.

The 2017/2018 Victorian Budget has made substantial changes to land duty and tax payments in a bid to make the system for housing affordability more equitable. Investors may need to act quickly to avoid duty on certain property transfers.