Divorce and blended families are so much more common. But what could it mean for your inheritance?

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Illustration photo by Getty Images
Illustration photo by Getty Images

Dividing the assets of a loved one can lead to tension and resentment, and make one upset. In the past decade, the number of wills contested in New South Wales, Australia increased by 52 percent and in Victoria, disputes over wills increased by about 73 percent. A 2015 study found adult children are most likely to contest a will, followed by a partner or ex-partner.

Increasingly complex family arrangements are also contributing to the fact that more wills are being disputed in court or through mediation. Stepfamilies Australia says there are upwards of 99 000 stepfamilies with children under the age of 18 in Australia, and a further 91 000 blended families.

READ MORE | Why does 'Rakgadi' have so much power in the family? What you need to know according to experts

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
From the Grammys to the NAACP Image Awards to the Oscars; who was your overall best-dressed celebrity of the 2021 awards season?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Regina King
15% - 8 votes
44% - 23 votes
Anya Taylor-Joy
8% - 4 votes
Emma Corrin
0% - 0 votes
Angela Bassett
12% - 6 votes
Viola Davis
19% - 10 votes
Jurnee Smollett
2% - 1 votes
Cynthia Erivo
0% - 0 votes