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Paul Staindl, Managing Director, delivered a paper to fellow family lawyers at the RACV Club on 22 March, 2012, for the Television Education Network (TEN). He spoke to a paper co-authored with our Melanie Wilson, Associate, on how property settlements are determined for de facto parties and the general trends in recent decisions by the Court.

Paul spoke specifically about the definition of ‘de facto’, and the requirements and proof that are first needed to be satisfied in order to be classed as a ‘de facto’ partner since the change to the Family Law Act 1975 (which marked the change of de facto parties’ property interests being dealt with in the Federal legislation (Family and Federal Magistrates Courts), instead of the state courts).