In a day and age where separation and divorce is as common, experienced family lawyers are becoming increasingly sought after. Separation and divorce is a stressful time for everyone involved and an experienced family lawyer will help assist in this tough time for you and your family. In trying times, the last thing you want to do is add more stress in an already deteriorating relationship by engaging in verbal disputes with an ex-spouse. We know, it isn't easy to avoid, but this is where family lawyers come in and act for you.
Ever since Gough Whitlam led the introduction of the "no-fault" divorce with the enactment of the Family Law Act 1975, there is no longer the need to prove wrongdoing by either spouse, instead couples only need to prove a 12 month separation and that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has noted that in 2013 there were 47,638 divorces granted in Australia. Now this might not seem like a lot, however when we take into account that 118,962 marriages were registered in the same year, this figure represents nearly one half of all marriages breaking down. With the "no-fault" divorce offering an easier opt-out, most spouses have one foot out the door before they've entered the unity of marriage with both feet.
To add to an already stressful time in your life, child related proceedings and custody arrangements can be extremely traumatic. You're at risk of losing a relationship with your most loved ones and you might feel like there is not much you can do about it. Experienced family lawyers will ensure your needs are recognised and your ability to care for your children is not compromised.
Property Settlement is an important part of any separation, family lawyers have got you covered from that angle too. Most people struggle to cope with going through a separation, maintaining gainful employment and trying to settle their property disputes at the same time. Family lawyers will ensure the completion of pre-action procedures such as negotiation of a settlement without necessarily leading to Court action. In the event of Court, then we can file the necessary forms at the Family Court, and aim to bring your matter to a timely completion.
Family lawyers will reduce conflict, manage your expectations and communicate your needs to the other side. They will guide you through separation and your application for Divorce, should you want to do so.
Unlike in other legal matters, family law costs can be estimated as we are able to give accurate cost estimates depending on your individual matter. In most cases, a fixed fee can be agreed for the provided services.