Sources of Family Law information

Information is power when negotiating family law settlements. After separation, it may be difficult to access financial documents – particularly those held by your spouse. Obtaining documents and information for court proceedings and the issuing of a subpoena can be expensive.

You can save significant time, stress and costs by collating or copying important financial documents. You should review the contents of the home to locate the following documents:

Address book

  • Details of names, address and telephone numbers of the following might be of use:
  • lawyers;
  • accountants, bookkeepers, financial planners;
  • counsellors, doctors, and therapists;
  • mailing services such as post office boxes; and
  • telephone service providers.

Sources of information

  • Personal income tax returns. These can show sources of income including interests from bank accounts and shares and dividends, capital gains from the sale of properties, and depreciation information.
  • Business tax returns or financial statements. These provide significant information in respect of the operation of businesses. Also look for Business Activity Statements in respect of businesses.

Other business records

  • Loan applications.
  • Asset lists and depreciation schedules.
  • Marketing materials including websites.
  • Trust Deeds.
  • Articles of Association.
  • Partnership Agreements.
  • Leases.
  • Balance sheets, asset lists, and depreciation schedules.

Employment benefits

  • Pay slips.
  • Superannuation statements.
  • Expense accounts.
  • Documents in respect of share options and profit sharing.
  • Entertainment and travel expenses.
  • Contracts of employment.

Personal documents

  • Statements or bank accounts, loans and credit cards.
  • Loan applications.
  • Cheque books. Notes on cheque book butts may provide more information than bank statements.
  • Passports, plane tickets, travel itineraries.
  • Buy and Sell notes of shares.
  • Telephone statements.
  • Employment resumes.
  • Diaries – particularly evidencing work commitments.
  • Wills.

Sources of further information
We can assist you in obtaining additional information (without knowledge of your spouse) including: Searches for real estate bought or sold by your spouse or companies in which they have an interest.

  • Australian Securities Insurance Commission (“ASIC”) searches giving details of shares or provisions in private companies held by your spouse.
  • Searches in the probate division of the Supreme Court in respect of inheritances.
  • Detail of super funds of you and your spouse.

Information is power when negotiating family law settlements.

After separation, it may be difficult to access financial documents – particularly those held by your spouse. Obtaining documents and information for court proceedings and the issuing of a subpoena can be expensive.

You can save significant time, stress and costs by collating or copying these important financial documents.