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The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia recently merged and, as of 1 September 2021, the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (“the Court”) will deal with all family law matters.
When a parent’s will only appoints some of their children as executors and beneficiaries of their estate, and excludes an estranged child, does the estranged party have a case to successfully contest the will?
The Court recognised that relationships are not as “black and white” and highlighted the various considerations to determine whether or not two people are domestic partners for the purposes of the Administration and Probate Act 1958.