A marriage or relationship breakdown is often one life’s most challenging events. It’s the start of a new chapter that often brings much uncertainty. It is also often layered with inaccurate statements and complexity.

With so much uncertainty, we’d like to set the record straight on some common Family Law misconceptions:

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Tasmania is set to become home to Australia’s first purpose-built dementia village. Construction of the $25 million project is expected to commence in early 2018 in the suburb of Glenorchy in Hobart, complete with a supermarket, cinema, cafes, beauty salon, gardens, housing and other facilities all designed specifically to care for those living with the illness and run by specially trained staff.

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It’s no surprise that the Sutherland Shire is one of the most desirable places in Sydney to live but it does come at a cost. With housing prices increasing, some first home buyers have been outpriced from entering the Shire market.

As debate raged over just how much first home buyers should be spending on smashed avocado on toast, the NSW State Government announced a number of measures aimed at improving both the supply of housing and access for first home buyers to the market. These measures are to be introduced from 1 July 2017.

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We assist people daily in relation to the breakdown of their relationships.  In a Family Law dispute there is a requirement by each party to make full and frank disclosure of all relevant information once they have separated to assist in the negotiation of their Family Law matter.  The process is known as “discovery” and it allows each party to discover information from the other side that may be important to the case.

Throughout the years, discovery has included the provision of financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, credit card information and valuations in relation to the value of assets.

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Cash flow is a crucial element to the growth and stability of a business. It is important to ensure that you have access to such cash when you need it. Often, this cannot occur for some businesses because of existing debtors. Here are some tips to manage your debtors:

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For most families, their pets, being a dog, cat, fish, or bird are intricate members of the family. So what happens to Spot or Crookshanks when parties separate?

The Australia Veterinary Association estimates 63% of Australians have a pet. Dogs are the most common pet (39%) and there are estimated to be 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia alone. So what happens when a couple separate and a decision needs to be made in relation to their beloved pet?

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Facebook, email accounts, photo sharing apps, iTunes accounts etc. the list goes on! Most of us have an online presence across a number of different platforms, so what happens to that online identity when we die?

Many of us make a plan regarding what will happen to the house, car and bank accounts in the event of our death, however, very few plan what will happen to our social media accounts and digital assets.

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In recent times there has been an increased awareness about domestic and family violence and its prevalence within our society.

With an ambassador like Rosie Batty there is a greater awareness that domestic and family violence goes beyond physical violence and encompasses many types of behaviour.

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From July 2016, new strata laws are set to come into effect, with implications for residents of strata apartments and building complexes; as well as property developers in NSW.

The laws represent the first major reform to strata laws since the Strata Titles Act was implemented in 1973. More than 90 proposed reforms will come into effect, modernising the existing laws.

Below is an overview of the most significant changes that could affect you as a resident of a strata managed property:

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Every day our Family Law team assists people during the breakdown of their relationships. In a family law dispute, there is a requirement that each party makes full and frank disclosure of all relevant information once they have separated, to assist in the negotiation of their family law matter.  The process is known as “discovery” and it allows each party to discover information from the other side that may be important to the case.

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