Weekly Snapshot Issue: 40 – 9 August 2019

Case we’re reviewing… 

The issue the Court considered in  Trask & Westlake [2015]was what is the assessment of respective contributions by each of the parties in the post-separation period.

The Husband and Wife had cohabited for 13 years and shared four children. Property settlement proceedings were heard 4 years after separation and, in those 4 years, the Husband’s income increased ‘markedly’ from his otherwise ‘very high’ income, thus assets were accumulated post- separation. 

The FC approved the trial judge’s finding of equality of contributions in both the pre- separation and post separation period. The Husband’s employment benefits received post- separation were achieved ‘ also by the dint of the contributions made by the Wife across the years preceding that employment’. The Wife’s contributions did not cease upon separation. Her contributions were found to be much less tangible, but the lack of tangible recognition, or the fact that they are not susceptible to a dollar calculation, does not render them less important!

Word of the week…

“Avoir le cafard”

To feel low; be down in the dumps or depressed… the literal meaning to this French phrase? – “to have the cockroach”. Even the most stoic of us can sometimes feel depressed and over it and we’re loving this new way of expressing it…

Podcast we’re loving…

Taking inspiration from Socrates maxim: “the unexamined life is not worth living”; The Examined Life with Matt Purcell Podcast offers damn good content. Matt interviews high profile Australians and uncovers what makes them tick, explores how they perceive themselves and engages them to reveal what struggles they went through (and still grappling with) to achieve their goals.

Best bit? The interviews are super casual and has a very distinct Aussie down to earth vibe. Our favourite episode so far has been with Janine Allis, the Boost Juice founder. Her story is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth a listen!.

Goldmine of a website we’ve come across…

We may be late to this… but we’ve recently discovered www.academia.edu

This is an absolute gold mine for anyone doing research. It is essentially a social networking site for academics to share papers, monitor its impact and follow research in a particular field.

We warn you though; you’ll easily lose yourself jumping from one paper to another – guess its better than wasting hours on the ‘gram though!.

Masters of Success…


@G_S_Bhogal

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