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Relationship Property, Trust Disputes & Family Law

Tompkins Wake has a specialist team of lawyers who can assist in all aspects of family law. Our expertise in relationship property, family law and trust and estate disputes ensures our clients can navigate these complex and often stressful matters with solutions focused advice and support.

We work with our clients to understand their concerns and objectives. We assess each client’s prospects and provide pragmatic and strategic advice for resolving matters.  Our litigators work closely with our specialist teams across Tompkins Wake to ensure our clients receive strategic advice, tailored to their specific issues. Where matters cannot be resolved through alternate dispute resolution, we advocate for our clients and protect their interests in Court.

Examples of our work:

Our team has recently been involved in three leading matters in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal:

Family Advocate articles

Areas of expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Capacity Issues (Claims under PPPR Act)
  • Care of Children
  • Child Support
  • Court Applications
  • Dissolution (Divorce)
  • Estate Claims
  • Family Law
  • International Family Law
  • Lawyer for Child
  • Relationship Property Disputes
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Trust Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Relationship Property Agreements
  • Contracting Out/Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • PPPR Act applications (capacity issues)

Relationship Property, Trust Disputes & Family Law team

Kate Sullivan

Partner

Stephanie Ambler

Partner

Zandra Wackenier

Partner

Damandeep Sadhra

Senior Associate

Helen Radinovich

Senior Associate

Isabella Stevenson

Associate

Laura Clews

Associate

Annie Tavalea

Senior Solicitor

Charlotte Lunt

Senior Solicitor

Lauren Gamble

Solicitor

Knowledge and insights

Opening a window on separation

Thursday 13 May, 2021

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Will the bright-line test changes affect separating couples?

Thursday 29 April, 2021

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What does the bubble mean for trans-Tasman parenting arrangements?

Thursday 15 April, 2021

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Are assets only safe until death do us part?

Monday 22 February, 2021

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Is your trust safe?

Tuesday 20 October, 2020

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Firing ex-wife costs husband $70,000

Friday 3 July, 2020

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What happens on separation when relationship debts are greater than relationship assets?

Monday 29 June, 2020

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Stay at home Mum receives more than 50% of the property pool

Monday 15 June, 2020

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Can trust powers be relationship property and when debts can be divided?

Tuesday 16 June, 2020

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Breaking up is hard to do, even after lockdown has ended

Monday 4 May, 2020

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Tompkins Wake Alert Level 3 Update

Monday 27 April, 2020

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Navigating your way through a separation during COVID-19

Wednesday 22 April, 2020

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COVID-19 and care arrangements

Wednesday 1 April, 2020

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Equal sharing to stay for now

Tuesday 17 December, 2019

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Part 3: Trusts Act 2019: Beneficiaries' rights to information

Thursday 21 November, 2019

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Part 2: Trusts Act 2019: Trustees' duties

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

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Part 1: Trusts Act 2019

Monday 14 October, 2019

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Is this the end of equal sharing?

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

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Senior litigator promoted to Special Counsel

Wednesday 17 April, 2019

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Can a trustee use trust funds for litigation costs?

Friday 22 March, 2019

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Are you dating or in a de facto relationship?

Tuesday 2 October, 2018

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Key changes to limitations for civil claims

Monday 13 March, 2017

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Conscious Uncoupling - an alternative approach to separation

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