Family Law is the area of law that deals with family matters such as property, children, divorce, financial agreements and so on.
First and foremost is to ensure you have proper emotional support from family and friends. You should then discuss your circumstances with your solicitor to ensure you are aware of all your rights and to get a clear idea of the legal process. Making sure you are supported both emotionally and legally will make the Read more about My marriage or defacto relationship has broken down. What’s my first step?[…]
The majority of relationship breakdowns do not end up in court and of the small amount that do, even fewer go to a final hearing. Alternatives to court are mediation, conciliation and counselling. Couples are at all stages encouraged to settle matters amicably and fairly so as to avoid undue emotional and financial hardship.
At this time, in most cases the different types of relationships are treated the same under the Family Law Act.
As Family Law cases vary greatly between each other, costs are difficult to estimate. Costs are based on Solicitor time, law clerk time and third party costs such as court fees, mediator fees and barrister costs. The quicker the dispute is resolved and an agreement reached the less the process will cost. Matters that progress Read more about What sort of costs are we looking at?[…]
The best way is to try and reach an agreement that is fair and reasonable for both parties and in the best interests of the children of the relationship (if there are any). Try to avoid conflict. Try take a longer view of the matter to avoid petty arguments with your former partner. Be honest Read more about So. How can I resolve this matter quickly and with the least expense?[…]
Then it’s up to your Solicitor to take over negotiations with your former partner’s Solicitor, or you may have to go to court. Negotiations continue throughout the court process.
If your former partner acts violently towards yourself, your children, your extended family or friends you need to act immediately. You must contact the police and apply to the court for a Family Violence Intervention Order. Your Solicitor can assist you with the application.