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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Short marriage, No children: Dividing the assets!

    In the recent case of Anson & Meek [2017] FamCAFC 257, the Full Court allowed an appeal (successfully) by the husband from the trial Judge’s decision that the wife receive 40% of the overall asset pool. This is a case where the parties were married for five years (short marriage) and had no children. The...

    Family Law

  • Who Gets the Horses?

    If you’re into celebrity news, you may have read that Russell Crowe held a garage sale recently. But of course, when you’re Russell Crowe, that garage sale was held at Sotheby’s Australia and is an international auction of millions of dollars’ worth of matrimonial assets. He named the exhibition “The Art of Divorce”, and it...

    Family Law

  • Identifying Unacceptable Risk in Family Law

    Unacceptable risk in parenting matters Recent publicity has highlighted once again the real danger that mental health, violence and domestic violence poses to our society and in particular families. Protecting children from harm is the primary consideration in family law parenting matters. What is unacceptable risk in family law? Unacceptable risk refers to risk of...

    Family Law

  • What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

    Alternate Dispute Resolution Mediation and Arbitration are both forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution. Today, as a result of ever increasing delays and the cost of Court proceedings, more and more couples are choosing the alternate dispute resolution processes to resolve their disputes. What is mediation? Mediation is a structured negotiation process which is facilitated by...

    Disputes, Family Law

  • Let’s have a conversation about the emotional stages of separation

    As a family law solicitor of over 20 years, there are few scenarios of separated parties that are new or even shocking to me. The scenarios range from mutual agreement to separate to being caught out in delicate scenarios, and everything in between. The social media craze has added to the adventurous ways that partners...

    Family Law

  • Family Violence

    Many families experience family violence where there is coercion or control of a family member causing fear. Family Violence is also referred to as domestic violence. We can all identify family violence when one family member assaults another. However family violence is wider than this.  It can include repeated derogatory taunts, intentionally damaging furniture or...

    Family Law