Crypto Currency in Family Law

The last five years have seen the rise of digital assets such as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in individuals' asset portfolios. While the adoption of these has become somewhat commonplace, it…

What is an Interlocutory Application?

What a great word!  What a terrific word that is—interlocutory—you just want to keep saying it. From medieval Latin—interlocutorius—meaning to interrupt. And that’s where the essence of the phrase…

What is superannuation splitting in Family Law?

Superannuation or retirement funds that a couple holds are subject to division if a couple is divorcing or a de facto couple is separating permanently. However, these funds must be handled and…

The important steps in setting up a discretionary family trust

 You got trust issues?  There are many types of trusts: unit trusts, charitable trusts, research trusts, superannuation funds are trusts. In short, trusts abound.  A trust is not a legal entity, but…

Changes in citizenship rules for distinguished applicants

Written by Senior Immigration Lawyer, Pamela Pau Last month, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced changes to the special residence concession which will streamline the pathway to citizenship for…

Did my parents just give me a gift or a loan?

Gift, loan… who cares? In Australian law, there is a presumption that monies provided to another person are a gift, rather than a loan when: Provided from parent to child Provided from husband to…