Separation and divorce cause personal upheaval and emotional trauma to everyone involved, whether it be a marriage or de facto relationship. The decision to separate and/or divorce will then be faced with more realities concerning division of property and parenting arrangement if children are involved.
The division of matrimonial assets and debts is subject to fair and equitable distribution. Fair and equitable distribution is not necessarily the same as equal distribution. The assessment is on a case to case basis, based on the unique facts of the case.
Parenting arrangement is measured on the best interest of the child, not the convenience of the parties nor what the parent is missing out. Child support and spousal maintenance may arise in some circumstances.
We strive to assist our clients in amicably resolve all issues to minimize emotional fallout. If good-faith negotiation and settlement prospects have been exhausted, litigation is necessary. We approach litigation with thorough preparation, most realistic assessment of likely outcomes and cost-effectively. To each case, we bring practical knowledge and knowledge of the process of the Court in determining the family issues.
We handle family issues including those related to:
- Separation and Divorce – Divorce Applications, Separation Declarations.
- Parenting and Children’s Matters – Parenting arrangements, parenting plans, consent orders application, recovery of children, alteration to orders, advice on mediation.
- Property and Finance – Division of assets and liabilities, consent orders application, advice and negotiation on pre-litigation stage.
- Child Support and Spousal Maintenance – preparation of child support agreement, periodic and lump sum spousal or de facto partner maintenance.