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Can I add back money my ex-partner has spent into our property pool?

15 February 2022, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     When reviewing transactions in your ex-partner’s bank statements, it can be a tough pill to swallow seeing them spend significant funds on luxury holidays, fine dining and designer clothes, particularly …

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I have Crypto, how does it get treated in my property settlement?

15 June 2022, By Sara Ser of Hartley of Family Law     Digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (think Bitcoin and Ethereum) are not new and by now, most of us know someone or are someone who has dabbled, if not regularly …

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Am I in a De facto Relationship?

17 March 2022, By Emily Woodhouse of Hartley of Family Law     A common question asked by clients is, “is there / was there a de facto relationship between my partner and I?”  There is often a lot of confusion because …

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Can I record conversations with my ex-partner?

1 March 2022, By Tom Hartley of Hartley Family Law     In Queensland, it is lawful to record a conversation with another person if you are a party to that conversation, even where you are recording the conversation without the other …

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Family Law and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

3 February 2022, By Stephanie Barnes of Hartley Family Law     Family law and COVID-19 vaccinations for children Among the many queries we have received relating to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. travel of children where parents live interstate, children travelling between …

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My Ex has withheld our children from my care… what can I do?

15 December 2021, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     Unfortunately, this is a question we are commonly asked over the Christmas period when tensions in separated families can often run high. While it may be your first thought to …

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Keeping Property Separate Does Not Always Prevent a Property Settlement

2 December 2021, By Brett Hartley of Hartley Family Law     The July 2021 Full Court decision of Oamra -v- Williams [2021] FamCAFC 117 (13 July 2021) is an important reminder that the discretion as to whether the Court should alter …

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I Have been served with a Protection Order – What should I do now?

2 November 2021, By Dora Ko of Hartley Family Law     When a Protection Order Application is taken out by your ex-spouse, they are making allegations that you have committed domestic violence against him or her and / or you have …

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Business Valuations – Is a range of possible values a good thing?

20 September 2021, By Brett Hartley of Hartley Family Law     In Family Court matters, the parties will often engage a Single Expert Forensic Accountant to value a parties business interest as part of the overall identification and valuation of property …

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The impact of inheritances in family law property division

20 September 2021, By Brett Hartley of Hartley Family Law     A recent Full Court decision in June 2021, highlighted the fact that all inheritances are not treated equally.    The case involved a long marriage with adult children. Both the …

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How do I prepare for Family Report Interviews?

24 June 2021, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     If you and your ex-partner cannot agree upon care arrangements for your children, the court may order that you obtain a family report. A family report is generally prepared by …

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What if my partner will not sign a Prenup?

2 June 2021, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     ‘Will you sign a prenup?’ It is certainly an unromantic conversation to have with your partner. But what if they say “no”? Well, short of remaining single, the other strategy …

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