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Co-owners’ Agreements

Property Law: 05 February 2024

Whenever two or more people agree to combine resources in order to purchase a property together, if the Family Law Act (1975) does not apply, a co-owners’ agreement setting out the expectations, rights and obligations of the parties is an almost indispensable first step.

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10 Quick FAQs in Family Law

Family Law: 01 February 2024

We know that navigating separation, divorce and property settlements can be complex and confusing, so we’ve put together a quick FAQ on some of the basics for you!

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Surge in Separations: Navigating New Beginnings

Family Law: 17 January 2024

As we enter the new year, many individuals find themselves reflecting on relationships and contemplating change. In January each year at Aitken Partners, we often see a spike in separations, as individuals grapple with a desire for a fresh start and consider their family dynamics during the holidays. New year resolutions and a heightened focus on family can magnify existing issues and lead to difficult decisions.

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Double Duty - the Dangers of Land Development before Nomination

Property Law: 16 January 2024

In Hartman v Commissioner of State Revenue [2022] VCAT 28 The Tribunal affirmed the Commissioner’s assessment of “double duty” in circumstances where the named purchaser sought a planning permit to subdivide the property before nominating two companies (as trustees of trusts associated with him) to take one title each at settlement.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

22 December 2023

We understand that the Christmas period can be stressful for families, and you don’t have to face it alone. If you need assistance during this time, please reach out to us. Whilst most law firms are closed, we are contactable on 03 8600 6016.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Law: 1923-2023

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Celebrating 100 Years of Law: 1923-2023

12 December 2023

On Friday, 1st December 2023, Aitken Partners celebrated a remarkable milestone, 100 years of law. For a hundred years, we have stood by our clients as their trusted legal partners, fostering enduring relationships built on trust, respect, and unwavering support.

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Navigating the Maze of Spousal Maintenance

Family Law: 29 November 2023

Understanding spousal maintenance when a party is unable to financially support themselves adequately can be a maze to navigate. There are a number of factors taken into consideration by the Court, with one crucial element being the future needs of the involved parties.

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New rules for Fixed Term contracts from 6 December 2023

Employment Law: 17 November 2023

As part of the Closing the Loopholes legislation contracts will not be allowed to be for a fixed term of longer than 2 years. This includes contracts which can by agreement be extended beyond 2 years. Nor can fixed term contracts be extended more than once, even if the total period is for less than 2 years.

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Conducting your own Due Diligence

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Conducting your own Due Diligence

Property Law: 16 November 2023

In addition to the review of the Contract and Vendor Statement, it is also essential that a purchaser conducts their own due diligence. ‘Due diligence’ refers to the searches, enquiries and inspections that a buyer may undertake when considering whether to purchase a property.

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Review of Contract before Property Purchase

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Review of Contract before Property Purchase

Property Law: 16 November 2023

Whether you are a first home buyer or experienced property investor, one of the first steps you should take when purchasing a property is to have the Contract of Sale and Vendor Statement reviewed by a lawyer.

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All You Need to Know about Child Support Agreements

Family Law: 14 November 2023

It is expected in Australia that both parents have an obligation to financially support their child(ren) after a separation or divorce. Whether you are paying or receiving child support, payments can be a significant concern for parents going through a separation so it is important you understand your rights in relation to child support.

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How quickly can I get a property settlement after separating?

Family Law: 09 November 2023

I am not sure why, but there seems to be some confusion amongst people that they need to be separated for 12 months before they start the process for a property settlement. This isn’t correct. As I have previously mentioned, you need to wait 12 months after separation to get divorced but not for a property settlement.

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