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Separation & Divorce

Separation and divorce are major events in a person’s life. It is in these times where a good family lawyer is warranted. To be eligible for a divorce, you and your former spouse must prove that

  • Australia is your home and you intend on living here indefinitely
  • You identify as an Australian citizen by birth, decent or by grant of Australian citizenship
  • Have lived in Australia for 12 months

Once these prerequisites have been filled, you may apply for a divorce. However, before doing so, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities. To make this process as smooth sailing as it can be, our Geelong Family Lawyers are the people to see. Our Geelong Family Lawyers will help you understand things such as divorce applications, costs, opposing divorce applications and much more pertaining to separation and divorce.

Property Settlements

If you and your partner have recently separated, you will need to consider what will happen to your property. This can be a complex process and it is always a good idea to seek advice from an experienced family lawyer. There are a few steps involved in a property settlement application. These include (1) Identifying and valuing the assets of both parties, (2) Assess the contributions of the assets made by the two parties, (3) Look into the future needs of each party, and (4) Review the fairness of the outcome. Whilst this process seems simplistic, there are many additional components which may add to your stress. For example, if you and your partner are unable to come to a mutual agreement about your property and assets then an application will need to be lodged to the court for a final decision.

 

Parenting & Children's Disputes

In any given separation matter, there is likely to be children involved which often poses an additional stress. Having many years of experience, our Geelong Family Lawyers understand the significant affect a separation can have on a child and are committed to doing everything we can to minimise the possibility of it negatively affected their wellbeing. Our Geelong Family Lawyers are able to provide prompt legal advice regarding parenting arrangements which can be formalised by a Court Consent Order. If you wish to keep these arrangements informal, this is supported too. However, in some cases, depending on the child’s circumstances, going to court is unavoidable. While this thought can be daunting, it is important to know that our team are equipped with the appropriate skills to provide you with strong representation in court.

Agreements & Orders

Parenting Agreements and Parenting Orders are essential for the wellbeing of your child. They often outline parent’s responsibilities regarding the child’s living arrangements, their time between each parent and relatives, and communication as well as every other relative aspect of their care and development. In accordance with the Family Law Act 1975, the decision made by the court will always consider the best interests of the child and in this, will always assume this involves shared responsibility between both parents.

To address these requirements promptly and with minimal stress, seeking advice from an experienced family lawyer is a good idea.

Mediation

In Australia, the family law system encourages all separating couples to attempt coming to an agreement on their own before going to court. To keep within this recommendation, mediation is usually recommended as an initial attempt. Mediation can occur in many different forms such as a face-to-face discussion via a round table conference, via a phone call or via shuttle mediation.

People may choose shuttle mediation if there is a risk of violence. This will therefore mean that the mediator will speak with one party in one room and the other party in a separate room. This form of dispute resolution often produces successful results and is a far more beneficial option to minimise future conflicts down the track. It can also encourage both parentings to establish an effective parenting plan and relationship for the wellbeing of their children (if involved).

Child Support

Our Geelong Family Lawyers can help you in all areas of relating to child support matters.

To assist separated parents in raising their children, they will be entitled to child support which can be used for their children’s food, clothing, medical costs, housing, school costs and other relative costs. This payment is based off of both parents incomes and the amount of time they spend with their child on an everyday basis.

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    Questions, Answered

    How Do Geelong Family Lawyers Charge?

    Our Geelong Family Lawyers are resolution-focussed. In other words, our objective is to resolve your family law matter promptly. For this reason, we are big proponents of mediation. We also can discuss with you fixed-fee legal help.

    How Long Do Family Law Matters Take?

    The duration of your family law dispute is largely dependent upon the ability of you and your former partner to resolve your dispute. Sadly, some people spend years in dispute without reaching agreement.

    I’m Thinking About Separation, What Should I Do?

    Getting legal advice promptly is recommended. Getting prepared for separation through seeking the advice from our Geelong Family Lawyers is a great way to ensure you understand the road ahead and that you do not do anything to compromise your family law matter going forward.

    How are Assets Divided in a Divorce in Australia?

    In this podcast, Accredited Family Law Specialist, Yvonne Cox discusses how assets are divided in a divorce in Australia. TRANSCRIPT Dan You’re listening to a Harris Lieberman podcast, if you separated or are contemplating separation,  it may well be likely that you’ve heard from someone that when it comes to a property settlement, invariably there […]

    What You Need to Know About Applying for a Divorce

      In this video, Lawyer, Dakota DeSantis discusses what you need to know about applying for a divorce. TRANSCRIPT Hi, my name is Dakota and I’m a Solicitor here in the Family Law Department and OMB Solicitors, I just wanted to have a quick chat with you today just in relation to how you would […]

    What Are the Different Types of Mediation?

    Imagine a world where everyone could simply agree to disagree. Picture a world where people could resolve disagreements, arguments, or disputes without all the dramas. How different it would be. Among other things, there would probably be no need for lawyers, judges or courts. Accordingly, there would be little need for litigation, arbitration, or even […]

    De Facto Break-Up Entitlements

    Australia’s Family Law Act treats de facto relationships in much the same way as marriage. Since March 2009, the Family Court has had the power to deal with property and maintenance matters when a de facto relationship breaks down, adjusting the property interests of the ex-partners in the same way as it would for a [...]

    The Process of Getting a Divorce in Australia?

    In a perfect world, there would be no separation or divorce.  As we all know, however, the world is far from perfect. So sadly, divorce is the reality for thousands of Australians. In fact, more than 49,000 Australians got divorced in 2018. For those faced with this reality, the emotions involved can — and often […]

    I’m Separated, Can I Buy a New Property?

    Here’s the thing about splitting up. Even if the reason for your separation was fairly straight forward and you are on decent terms, you may find life is complicated. In most cases this is because you must still make certain decisions about children and the division of property. You may also need to find a […]

    What is a De Facto Relationship in Australia?

    Relationships in Australia have experienced an ongoing cultural shift in the past few decades. While marriage as an institution has declined in popularity, the 2016 Census found one in six Australians aged 15 or over now lives in a de facto relationship. Despite that development, many people are unaware of the legal status of de […]

    Who Gets What in a Property Settlement?

    Take Home Message Sadly, relationships breakdown despite the best intentions. No one goes into a marriage thinking that it will fold, but they do about one-third of the time. Consequently, when relationships do break down, the most common question family lawyers are asked is, “who gets what in a property settlement.” Who gets what in […]