Author: Mel Collins

How to avoid delays in the Family Court system

31-August-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

The Federal Circuit Court, which incorporates Family Law cases, continues to experience extreme delays. Financial matters filed today in the Sydney Registry are unlikely to receive a final outcome until 2019 or later. It is virtually impossible to have...

Key considerations when a Court decides to divide a couple’s assets

27-August-2017 Family Law,Property By Mel Collins

The division of a couple’s assets by the Family Court is not simply a case of making a mathematical assessment of their relative financial contributions. The Court’s objective is to try and deliver an outcome that is just and equitable to both...

How to ensure your Financial Orders are effective

25-August-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

The focus of most Family Law matters is on getting a legal agreement (Financial Orders) in place regarding how property is to be divided by the separating couple. The execution of those orders is often forgotten in the process, so it is important that...

Top tips to reduce legal costs and prevent contractual disputes

20-July-2017 Commercial Disputes By Mel Collins

Many businesses enter into commercial contracts every day in delivering their services and products. If managed correctly, contracts can be a great mechanism to detail the work to be undertaken, the role of each party and the agreed price. However,...

How to escape family violence – the first legal steps to take

2-July-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

Violence within relationships continues to be a significant cause of homelessness, particularly for women and children. The Family Law Act expanded its definition of family violence in 2011 to include psychological violence such as repeated derogatory...

Who gets the family pet when couples separate?

23-June-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

One of the questions we are often asked in a family law context, is “What will happen to our pets?” From a family’s point of view, a pet is often considered part of the family. The legal principle, however, with respect to pets, is that a pet...

The dangers of delaying property settlement

20-June-2017 Family Law By Mel Collins

De facto couples have two years from the date of their separation to bring an application to the Court for property adjustment, or otherwise formally settle their property by way of a Binding Financial Agreement or a Consent Order. Married couples have...

The Creditor’s Petition: what all CFOs need to know

30-May-2017 Commercial Disputes,Fraud and Insolvency By Mel Collins

This article details the use of Bankruptcy Notices, Creditor’s Petitions and the impact these have on the estate of the debtor and, particularly, the recovery of a Judgment Debt. Chief Financial Officers and small to medium-sized enterprises also need...

How to protect your intellectual property

28-May-2017 blog,Commercial Disputes By Mel Collins

Engaging a lawyer to help you protect your Intellectual Property (IP) by registering a trade mark, (or acting for you in a dispute involving your trade mark) is an important step in the protection of your rights as a creator and owner of intellectual...

Never ignore an Administrative Notice from a Trustee

Commercial Disputes,Fraud and Insolvency By Mel Collins

Business owners who have been involved in transactions, commercial deals or transfers with a person who may have recently become bankrupt need to know where they stand and how to respond to an Administrative Notice. What is the importance of an...


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