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Key decisions

  • Phe & Leng [2019] FamCAFC 17 
  • Mareet & Colbrooke [2019] FamCAFC 15
  • Barre & Barre & Anor [2018] FCCA 97
  • Borg & Bosco [2019] FCCA 66


Wife’s SMS held admissible against her case that $145,000 advance from father-in-law was husband’s debt 

In Phe & Leng [2019] FamCAFC 17 (8 February 2019) the Full Court (Alstergren CJ, Strickland & Watts JJ) dismissed the wife’s appeal against a property order where Le Poer Trench J found that the husband’s father was owed $145,000. The wife alleged that sum was the husband’s debt alone, having been deposited into an account the husband controlled. It was found that it was the parties’ debt as the wife, in a text message to the husband’s sister, said that she would ‘return’ the money to the husband’s parents if her child ‘M can come back to Sydney’. 

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