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NOTICE ALERT IN LIGHT OF COVID-19
WHAT WE PROPOSE AND HOW WE CAN ASSIST
At Watson & Watson our clients come first. Please be assured of our continued dedicated services to all current and new clients.
As we have done in the past, we will continue to offer alternative conferencing methods ie video conferencing, skype or telephone conferences. Reviewing of all documentation provided to us prior to any initial conference will be all inclusive of our set fee. Do not hesitate to contact Shereen Da Gloria on (02) 9221 6011 should you have any concerns.
At first thought it may be the generally held view would be that the person who bought the ticket should keep the winnings. The Family Court has not adopted this approach and though the outcome may vary from case to case the situation is that where the husband and wife are living together and share their finances and the ticket is purchased by one of them from a joint financial source then the purchaser of the ticket does not necessarily keep the winnings. The Court will look at the windfall gain as a contribution because the lottery win contributes to the property of the party and if it still remains in existence at the time of the trial it should be available for distribution between the parties.
The critical question is by whom the contribution is made. The fact that one or other of the parties purchased the ticket from moneys which he or she happened to have at the particular time, is not the final and determinative issue. The contribution may be regarded as a contribution by the parties equally and not by one particular party.
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