In a recent judgment Smith DCJ awarded a spouse of 18 years $350K out of an estate of approximately $670K (after allowing for costs).  She had been left a life interest in a house (to be chosen by her). The competing claims were two adult children from a previous marriage. Costs argument has been heard and reserved. Read the case here.

Update – the costs decision was handed down on 7 April 2015 – both parties’ costs were capped (see later blog of 8 April 2015).  Read the costs decision here.