Blackman Legal


  • Robert Holmes a Court's big mistake: dying without a will

  • Neither Seen Nor Heard: Australia’s Child Protection Conundrum

  • I want to move interstate with my kids now that my divorce is complete. Why can't I?

    One of the most contentious issues in family law occurs when the divorce and parenting arrangements have been completed, and one parent wants to move away, taking the children of the relationship with them. Issues arise when the other parent opposes the move by the children, fearful that they will no longer be able to see them.

    Often, the conflict ends up in the court, where the decision about whether one parent can relocate with the children will be made.

  • Loans and Family Law Matters

    Practical tips

    If you are considering borrowing or lending money and the intention is that the advanced funds are to be repaid, then you should seek advice from a commercial lawyer and have a loan agreement properly drawn to reflect the intention of the parties at the time of the advance. In cases involving disputed loans, generally the Court in family law matters will view loans between related parties suspiciously with all evidence being examined, including the terms of any signed loan agreement, security, and evidence of repayments. The take away point from this case is to minimise the risk of the loan becoming statute barred after six years. Your loan agreement should specify a date or period when the loan is due, or alternatively, make it repayable upon an event, such as repayable one month after a demand.

  • Neville Wran $40 million estate: Son Glenn Wayne Wran takes Jill Hickson Wran to court for bigger share

    The 68-year-old adopted son of former premier Neville Wran is taking his stepmother to court seeking a larger slice of the late Labor giant's multi-million dollar estate.

  • Your divorce can change your life for the better (if you just let it)

    Divorce is not an experience any of us wish for. No one enters into a long term relationship genuinely considering what might happen if it came to an end. Thanks to endless romance novels, fairy tales and Hollywood blockbusters we learn early in life that marriage is ‘forever’.

  • This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most

    Regarding the wellbeing of kids with divorced parents, the debate over what kind of custody arrangement is best rages on. But a new study, published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, suggests that children fare better when they spend time living with both of their parents.

  • Confidence and knowledge key for women facing divorce

    There are more than 50,000 divorces each year in Australia. It's an emotional and disruptive time for both men and women and separating spouses can make poor decisions because they aren't thinking clearly. Women are at a high risk of losing out financially in a divorce, but this doesn't have to be the case.

  • Forced house Sale

    Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the forced sale of the $39 million Point Piper mansion Villa del Mare, purchased by one of China's richest men in November, because it was sold in contravention to the existing foreign ownership laws.

  • Communication is your key to successful co-parenting

    Parenting is full of joys and challenges. Sometimes there is more joy than challenge and then there are those days when there seem to be only challenges to face with little joy. This is the case whether you are parenting together or apart. For parents who find themselves navigating the end of their relationship there can be some new and very significant challenges to face. While you may not have agreed on everything while you were together, chances are you found a way through. But now that you have separated it can seem like you are parenting from seemingly different worlds.

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