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Justin Timmer

De Facto Relationships and Property Settlements

By Justin Timmer / July 31, 2021 / 0 Comments

A de facto relationship can exist between two (2) people of the same or opposite sex. A de facto relationship can also exist even if one or both of the parties are legally married to someone else, or, in another de facto relationship. The Family Law Act provides that parties will be considered to be…

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Fast tracked family law process for disputes relating to COVID-19

By Justin Timmer / July 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

If you have existing parenting arrangements/parenting orders that are not being complied with as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, you may be able to file an application in the national COVID-19 list. The COVID-19 list provides a “fast-tracked” list that is dedicated to dealing with urgent family law disputes as a direct result of…

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Parenting Orders and COVID-19

By Justin Timmer / April 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

As Federal and State Governments roll out unprecedented social distancing measures and restrictions, to slow the transmission of the highly contagious Coronavirus, we are receiving and responding to many enquiries relating to the obligations of Parents in complying with a variety of court orders in these difficult times. We are in unchartered territory and the…

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Time Limits For Property Settlement

By Justin Timmer / March 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Questions often arise as to how long after separation a person has to apply to the Family Courts to obtain property Orders. In the case of marriage, a person is able to commence proceedings before the Family Courts seeking property Orders for up to 12 months after the date of divorce. It is important to…

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Lottery Winnings After Separation – Who Gets the Money in Family Court Proceedings

By Justin Timmer / March 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Most people are surprised to learn that lottery wins acquired after separation can form part of the property pool available for distribution between them. If they have not already formalised a property settlement. Whether a lottery win is categorised as a joint contribution or sole contribution to the property pool is important. Practically speaking, if…

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Is Superannuation Property?

By Justin Timmer / March 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Yes. Although the Family Courts treat superannuation as a different class of property than other property such as houses, cars,motorbikes, savings and home contents (the Court refers to this type of property as cash assets). Because superannuation is something that you don’t have access to (unless of retirement age) people often tend to forget about…

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Lottery Winnings and Who Gets the Money in Family Court Proceedings – Windfall During Relationship

By Justin Timmer / March 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Generally speaking, a windfall such as a lottery win acquired during a relationship will form part of the property pool that the Family Court will adjust between parties. The question that often arises is whether that lottery win is to be considered a contribution by the person that purchased the lottery ticket, or, a contribution…

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