18 episodes

Specialist family lawyers Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon and their special guests answer your questions about divorce, separation, children's matters, property settlement and family court. They empower you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

The Family Matters Show Heather McKinnon & Benjamin Bryant

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Specialist family lawyers Benjamin Bryant and Heather McKinnon and their special guests answer your questions about divorce, separation, children's matters, property settlement and family court. They empower you to make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

    Community Questions - Take 4

    Community Questions - Take 4

    Ben and Heather answer questions on divorce, separation and family law from the community. Topics covered include:

    • Parental alienation and adolescence
    •Consent order
    •Who pays the mortgage while property settlement is completed
    •Can you appeal a family law decision on mental health grounds
    •Difference between a provisional, interim and final AVO

    • 26 min
    Family Law Mediation

    Family Law Mediation

    In this episode we talk about mediation: one of the biggest cost savers in the entire family law process. A successful mediation can save you the emotional and financial cost of going to court.

    To get the full story on mediation, Ben and Heather spoke to eminent mediator Philip Theobold. An accredited Family Law Arbitrator, Family Dispute Resolutions Practitioner and experienced Family Law Mediator, Philip has helped many of our clients to successfully reach agreement.

    Topics covered in this in this episode include:

    •The meaning of mediation.
    •The difference between mediation and Family Dispute Resolution.
    •What happens in a mediation session.
    •Confidentiality in mediation.
    •Readiness for mediation.
    •Court-ordered mediation.
    •Choosing a mediator.
    •Bringing a lawyer or support person to mediation.

    • 24 min
    Divorce & the family business

    Divorce & the family business

    Divorce and separation are almost always difficult. Throw a family business into the mix and the complexity and emotion escalate exponentially. Whether the business is big or small, a family farm or a tech start-up, operating as a sole trader, partnership or company, dividing a business asset throws up difficult questions. And of course, if both parties are reliant on the business for their livelihood and career aspirations things become even trickier.

    Topics covered in this episode include:

    •Entitlement to a share in the business versus direct effort put into the business
    •Dealing with family businesses handed down through generations
    •Valuing a business for family law purposes
    •Options for dividing a business asset
    •Can a Family Court judge force the sale of a business
    •Can a pre-nup protect a business asset in the event of separation

    • 18 min
    What is the Judge thinking?

    What is the Judge thinking?

    In this very special episode, Ben and Heather are joined by former Family Court judge, The Honourable Rodney K Burr, to give our listeners a unique insight into what the person wielding the gavel is really thinking.

    Rodney Burr brings to the show the knowledge and experience earned through an long and illustrious legal career. He is a former Justice of the Family Court of Australia, a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council, recipient of the United Nations Award for Services to the Year of the Family and a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Family Law and Children's Rights.

    Ben and Heather chat to Rodney about the good and bad sides to being a Judge and then drill down into more specific topics, including:

    •What to expect in Court.
    •What information is important to the Judge.
    •The importance of discretion in making judgements.
    •The perception of Court or Judge bias.
    •How decisions are made.
    •Tips for self-representation.

    • 39 min
    Divorce & The Blended Family

    Divorce & The Blended Family

    As family lawyers, we like to see our clients re-partner and start new lives. But as blended and step families form it can raise unexpected disputes. In this episode host Benjamin Bryant chats with partner and fellow family law specialist Heather McKinnon tackle the often-difficult subject of divorce and the blended family.

    Topics covered include:

    •How to minimise conflict with your ex when re-partnering.
    •Parenting arrangements when one spouse re-partners.
    •Spousal and child support implications when one spouse re-partners.
    •Shared custody arrangements with children, half-children and step-children.
    •Responsibilities and rights of step-parents and step-children.
    •Financial implications of a second or third divorce.

    • 20 min
    Property Valuation

    Property Valuation

    The sound quality of this month's recording is not up to our usual standard. Due to Covid-19 we have been experimenting with different methods of remote recording and the month technology failed us. Our sincere apologies.

    Property settlement is one of the greatest sources of conflict in the separation process. Bryant McKinnon Lawyers always advise that it's best to figure out what you are actually worth before you start arguing over who gets what. The best way to assess the value or your assets is to employ a professional valuer.

    In this episode Benjamin Bryant speaks with Ken Potter from Herron Todd White about valuing real estate and to Glenn Aylward from Aylward Auctioneering about valuing household contents.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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julianmayster ,

Brilliant

This is an excellent resource that I can tell already from the first episode will be invaluable for me and my children.
Thank you.

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