How the Family Court works for you
  • How the Family Court works for you
  • Lawyer for the Child
  • Choosing who to live with
  • Seeing an expert
  • If you want to go to court
  • What if I’m not happy with the court’s decision?
  • How long will it take to go through court?
  • Can the arrangements change?
  • Contacting the Family Court
What happens to us when our parents break up?
  • Is it my fault?
  • Will it get easier?
  • Why have I got such strong feelings about this?
  • What can I do to feel better?
  • What if my feelings don’t get better or I feel really bad?
  • Whose job is it to look after me now?
  • Do I have to say who I want to live with?
  • How do we sort out the new arrangements for me?
  • Getting on with your parents
  • New partners
  • Where can I go for more help?
Making a Will & Estate Administration
  • Making a will
  • Guardianship of children
  • Property (Relationships Act)
  • Enduring powers of attorney
  • Living wills and advance directives
  • Estate administration
Responding to a Protection Order
  • What is a protection order?
  • How are they made?
  • Who is protected?
  • What is domestic violence?
  • What does the protection order mean?
  • How long will it last?
  • What happens if the order is breached?
  • What if you’re served with a temporary protection order?
  • What happens if you’re served with a notice that an application has been made for a final protection order?
  • Can I still have contact with my children?
  • What’s a parenting order?
  • What are property orders?
  • Occupation & tenancy orders
  • Furniture orders
  • How to get more information & advice
The Family Trust
  • Why have family trusts?
  • Who is involved?
  • How long does it last?
  • Who can appoint and remove trustees?
  • How does a trust operate?
  • Getting assets into a trust
  • Reduction of the debt owed by the trust
  • Getting money out of the trust
  • What about tax?
  • Trust structures
  • Caution
Motor vehicles, accidents & alcohol
  • Accidents
  • Contact with police officers
  • Breath and blood alcohol level tests
  • Driver licences
Powers of Attorney
  • What is a general power of attorney?
  • What is an enduring power of attorney?
  • A property EPA
  • A personal care and welfare EPA
  • Who should set up an EPA, and when?
  • Who should you appoint?
  • How do you arrange an EPA?
  • Who checks on the attorneys?
  • How long does an EPA have effect?
  • What is a person is mentally incapable?
  • What happens on death?
  • Living wills and advance directives
About Guardianship of a Child
  • Restrictions on appointing a partner as a guardian
  • Who can make the appointment?
  • The process of appointing the new guardian


Buying or Selling a Property
  • Get the most from your property experience
  • Stay in control
  • What is the process?
  • Your lawyer’s role
  • What needs to be done and who does it for you?
  • Loans
  • Buying a property – ownership and other issues
  • Your property checklist
  • How much can you afford to pay for a home?
  • Other sale and purchase costs
  • FAQs
  • Commonly used terms
Parenting Orders
  • What is a parenting order?
  • Applying for a parenting order?
  • How the Family Court decides?
  • Giving the children their say
  • What will the parenting order cover?
  • Making parenting orders work
Your Consumer Rights (Goods)
  • What is the Consumer Guarantees Act?
  • Guarantees for goods
  • Manufacturer’s guarantees
  • Remedies from traders
  • Extra loss or damage (consequential loss)
  • Taking the matter further
Your Consumer Rights (Services)
  • What is the Consumer Guarantees Act?
  • Guarantees for services
  • Your rights and remedies from traders
  • Extra loss or damage (consequential loss)
  • Taking the matter further
Before you borrow money

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Living Together

This guide covers:

  • De facto relationships
  • Names
  • Children
  • Your partner’s children
  • Getting help
  • Family violence
  • Financial support
  • Property
  • Death
  • Other matters
Dividing up Relationship Property

If you are married, in a civil union partnership or in a de facto relationship, and your relationship ends by separation or because one of you dies, you will be affected by the Property (Relationships) Act.

This guide covers:

  • The Property (Relationships) Act
  • Who does the Property (Relationships) Act apply to?
  • What constitutes a de facto relationship?
  • What about people who are flatting together?
  • When does the Property (Relationships) Act apply?
  • What are the rules for relationships of short duration?
  • What is property?
  • What is relationship property?
  • What is separate property?
  • When does separate property become relationship property?
  • What about overseas property?
  • What about debts?
  • How will property be divided when a relationship ends?
  • What if property is put into a trust or company?
  • What does “contribution” mean?
  • What if one partner will be left worse off than the other?
  • What does “division of functions” mean?
  • Who is a “child of the relationship”?
  • Contracting out
  • What if we already have a property agreement?
  • What if there is more than one partner?
  • What happens if a partner dies?
  • Which court handles Property (Relationships) Act matters?



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