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This article was written by Michelle Makela - Legal Practice Director

Michelle has over 15 years experience in the legal industry, working across commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning.  Michelle has been involved in all practice areas of the firm and in her personal practice has had experience in litigation at all levels (state and federal industrial tribunals, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, Federal...

Property Chronology


A chronology is a sequential arrangement of events, particularly such as a chronicle or, particularly when involving graphical or literary elements, a timeline. Armstrong Legal recommends that at the time of your appointment you have prepared a chronology. This ensures our time is best spent on getting the best result for your matter.

An example of a chronology is below.

Date Event
25.11.1987 Bob and Amanda married
1987 -1989 1987 -1989 Lived in Collaroy together
1989 July – went on a three month holiday to Western Europe
18.01.1990 First child born “Melinda”
1990 – 1994 Lived in Collaroy, however Bob also lived with his brother at this time
1992 October – went on another three month holiday to Malaysia
1995 – 2001 Lived in Manly with Melinda. Bob lived at Dee Why and had constant contact with Melinda
9.10.1997 Second child born “Nathan”
2001 – 2005 In 2002, Bob purchased the unit 11/30 The Parade Dee Why. The children and I were living at Neutral Bay from 2004. I spent approximately 2-3 days per week at the unit cooking, cleaning and gardening and all holidays were spent there because there was a backyard for the children to play. I also helped Bob pay bills and paid for all groceries.
2004 Moved to Neutral Bay
2005 An “Illegal Divorce” occurred without my knowledge or consent
2004 – 2009 In this time Bob and I bought two properties together
– North Ryde property
– Transferred $600,000 from the unit we lived in at Neutral Bay into the “North Ryde property”
Bob also purchased a new car
2006 – 2009 Bob purchased “North Ryde property”. I was living at Neutral Bay with the children. Melinda moved out August 2006, however, I was constantly at North Ryde assisting with cooking, cleaning and purchasing groceries. Bob was happy I was there with Melinda and I cooked, washed and cleaned for Bob.
2008 Bob and I divorce
December 2008 Final parenting orders for Nathan were put in place
January 2009 Property settlements are discussed

 

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