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We can assist you wherever you are in Australia.
We have over 20 years of experience in family law, including property settlement, parenting arrangements, separation, and other divorce matters. Our extensive knowledge and experience in handling family law cases have helped a lot of people move forward in their life.
We offer a transparent pricing structure. While our legal services are priced on an hourly basis, we provide fixed fees for divorce cases only. This ensures that you know where you stand on the cost of our services upfront.
We are dedicated and caring family lawyers in Newcastle who prioritize improving your situation rather than focusing on profit. We genuinely care about your well-being and are committed to achieving positive outcomes for you.
We aim to provide realistic and practical advice and achieve a good outcome in the shortest time possible. We try to avoid going to court as much as possible as it will only cost you more energy and money than necessary.
We prioritize providing personalized attention to each client and are committed to being accessible and responsive throughout the legal process. That’s why we do not take on more work than we can handle and focus on helping you first.
We have automated various processes to decrease the time our family lawyers need to spend on a file, ultimately reducing costs for clients. This allows us to streamline our operations and provide efficient and cost-effective services.
You shared parental responsibility with your partner, which means you have equal rights to make decisions about their child’s upbringing. However, the specific arrangements for custody and visitation can vary based on the child’s best interests and individual circumstances.
The court’s primary consideration is the best interests of the child. Demonstrating a strong and nurturing relationship with the child, being actively involved in their life, and prioritizing their welfare are important factors that can strengthen your case for custody.
Depending on the child’s age and maturity level, their preferences may be considered by the court. However, the court will always prioritize your child’s best interests and may weigh their preferences against other relevant factors in the case.
People often wonder what you have to prove to be able to get a divorce in Australia. Or in other words, what are the grounds for divorce? In Australia there is only one ground for divorce and this is that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
This is answered by the fact that the legislation provides that the only way to prove that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is to show that you have been separated for twelve (12) months. Thus, provided you have been separated for 12 months you can make an application for divorce.
In order to calculate whether your separation has been over twelve months you need to establish when ‘separation’ took place. There are three elements of separation to establish this:
You or your husband/wife formed an intention to separate;
Disagreements regarding the value of assets can arise during property settlements. In such cases, it is advisable to obtain independent valuations from experts, such as property valuers or financial specialists. If the parties still cannot reach an agreement, the court may make a determination on the value based on the evidence presented by each party.
Yes, property settlements are available to both married couples and couples in de facto relationships in Australia. The Family Law Act treats de facto relationships similarly to marriages in terms of property settlement rights and entitlements. The criteria for establishing a de facto relationship can vary between states, so it’s important to seek legal advice specific to your jurisdiction.
The cost of property settlement services can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the amount of negotiation required, and whether court proceedings are involved. It is recommended to discuss fees and costs with your lawyer during the initial consultation. Lawyers may offer different fee structures, such as fixed fees, hourly rates, or a combination of both. Transparency regarding fees and costs is essential, so you can have a clear understanding of the potential expenses involved.
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