Our Family Law clients are, without a doubt, people who are going through the most difficult time of their life. However, we pride ourselves on being the greatest legal support that we can be and striving to achieve the best result in all Family Law cases.
MY RELATIONSHIP HAS BROKEN DOWN, WHAT NOW?
There are many things to consider after a relationship breaks down - where will the children live, who keeps the house, I need a divorce.
We are experienced Family Lawyers and can provide you with the guidance and advice that you need.
In most cases, it is important that you seek advice at the earliest stage to best protect your rights, interests and your property!
WHO DO THE CHILDREN LIVE WITH?
Each case is different! Many parents are able to agree where the children should live. However, sometimes parents cannot agree and eventually find themselves in court.
The primary consideration is the best interests of the child but there are many factors that need to be considered when determining what is actually in the child's best interest. We can provide you with all the necessary advice about parenting arrangements, how to obtain orders and maintaining your relationship with the children.
HOW DO WE DIVIDE THE PROPERTY?
You have worked hard to build your wealth, your property portfolio and your business. But who gets what? A property settlement can be complex but our Family Lawyers have the skills to ensure that your interests are protected. However, you should seek advice regarding a property settlement at the earliest possible stage, as strict time limits may apply!
WHAT IS A CONSENT ORDER
After separation, many people are able to agree on their parenting arrangements or property settlement. These agreements can be formulated into a consent order and made by the court, potentially with you not having to appear in court at all. To finalise your agreement quickly and with ease, contact us today.
WHAT IS A BINDING FINANCIAL AGREEMENT?
A Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) is a private agreement made between you and your partner to deal with your property in the event of separation. A BFA can be entered into at any time and each party will need obtain independent legal advice.
DO I NEED TO GO TO MEDIATION?
In most cases, it is compulsory to attend mediation before initiating a court proceeding in parenting cases. It is also considered preferable that parties attempt mediation in property matters before commencing court proceedings, as the court will want to see that a genuine effort has been made to attempt to settle the dispute. Remember, attending mediation may also save you a lot of time and money in the future!
WHAT HAPPENS TO PETS AFTER SEPARATION?
It is best to try to agree about what will happen with pets after you separate. However, if you cannot agree and require the court to decide, your pets are considered personal property meaning that they will be considered in a property division. If it is a 'custody' arrangement that you are wanting for Fido, you will need to reach agreements for this privately!