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Being separated under one roof may be the latest divorce trend, in which couples agree to separate but continue living together in the main residence. Most of the time, this choice is made because maintaining two houses is expensive, and because the couple wants to co-parent the children with minimal disruption. Common reasons to choose separation under one roof include: Young children still living at home. None of the spouses want to move into apartments…
Should a man who killed his parents be able to inherit their estate? In December 2014, Scott Settree got into an argument with his parents Ian and Margaret over a bottle of wine. They wanted him to replace one he’d drunk without asking. The 46-year-old became enraged, and shot both of his parents dead in the home he shared with them in Cobar, in north-west NSW. Two years later, Mr Settree was found not guilty due…
Recent revelations about the gun lobby’s role in Australian politics raise profound concerns for community groups concerned about family violence. The ABC Four Corners program drew attention to the fact that Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) funded a major publicity campaign, “Flick ’em”, to urge Queensland voters not to vote for either of the major parties (LNP or Labor). The ABC reported that there was no branding to suggest this massive publicity campaign was…
Your own death is not a topic you like to think about, but being prepared for death can save your family and loved ones a lot of heartache. It also increases the chances that your wishes will be honoured and that your loved ones are looked after following your death. Your Will Everyone needs a will, even if you’re young, have no children and think you don’t own anything of value. If you have…
A Russian billionaire fighting one of the largest divorce payouts in U.K. history lost a Moscow court case where he was trying to prove that his marriage had been dissolved 16 years earlier. Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay his wife Tatiana Akhmedova $586 million following a London trial that he refused to participate in on the grounds that he was already divorced in Russia. Now the Moscow City Court has rejected an appeal by…
A dairy farmer’s son who “doesn’t like cows” is fighting a family estate battle in the High Court over his right to inherit the family farm. Clive Shaw, 55, said he had worked on the farm in New York, Lincolnshire, from the age of seven, and was promised that it would be his. But after the family fell out his parents wrote him out of their wills. The court heard Mr Shaw had not worked hard…
In what is possibly a world-first move, a church in Australia is providing financial assistance to victims of domestic violence perpetrated by ministers within the organisation. Women in the Anglican Church in Sydney who have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused by their priest husbands will, for the first time, be able to apply for substantial financial assistance following the establishment of a new fund dedicated to supporting clergy spouses escaping domestic violence. In what…
While most of the country’s attention is focused on the appalling cases of women who are murdered by their partners or ex-partners, experts say that one warning flag is present in all cases of such murders – financial abuse. Speaking generally on the issue of domestic violence, Juliet Potter, founder of women’s homelessness charity White Caravan, says there was a direct link between financial abuse and the rising domestic violence death toll in this…
The sister of a millionaire who amassed her fortune living a frugal lifestyle has won a court case to prove a postcard she wrote is a valid will. Kathleen Steiner, 59, from Taranaki on New Zealand‘s North Island, died in hospice care in her sister’s arms after a ‘very courageous battle’ in January. Ms Steiner, whose estate was worth $NZ2.8 million ($AU2.1 million) when she died, did not formally prepare her will but wrote various…
When men and women go through a divorce, they may experience many of the same emotions, but these can often be harder to process for men. Psychiatric nurse Aaron Stevenson likens a divorce to a trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Paul Wiseman from Relationships Australia, Victoria, with more than 20 years’ experience as a counsellor and mediator in family dispute resolution, agreed that for a some men this was the reality, particularly in the…