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Adult Daughter Excluded From Late Father’s Will

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 New Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

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.


Estranged Son Left Out of His Late Father’s Will

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?


What Is a Domestic Partner?

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.


Mother vs. Daughter: How an Adult Child’s Claim for Further Provision and Inheritance from Deceased Father Was Dismissed

An adult daughter’s claim for further provision from her late father’s estate when it was bequeathed to his widow.


Eldest 3 vs. Youngest 1: How 3 Siblings Contested a Will to Receive an Additional $950,000

Three older siblings successfully contested their deceased father’s will for having largely left them out being largely favourable to the youngest sibling.


Circumstances where the Family Court may decide that a child spend no time at all with a parent

It is rare that a court will order no contact between a parent and child, however greater weight will be placed on the need to protect a child from physical or psychological harm, over having a meaningful relationship with both parents.


What is spousal maintenance?

When and how spousal maintenance is payable depends on the particular financial circumstances of the parties involved, as Adele Katzew explains.


Obtaining a passport for a child when one parent won’t consent

Richard Bartram outlines two options for consideration where a parent (whose consent is required) refuses to sign a child’s passport application.


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