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In Australia, property settlements refer to the process of dividing assets and liabilities between parties when a relationship ends, whether it’s a marriage or de facto relationship. The Family Law Act gives the court the power to alter property interests between separating couples. It therefore makes little difference whose name an asset or liability is in, as ultimately it can be changed by the court. Here are some of the assets that are subject for division:
Property settlement processes can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. Not to mention it’s highly complex and stressful as well. That’s why we highly recommended seeking legal advice from qualified property settlement lawyers like us to help you navigate the process smoothly.
Clarity Lawyers are leaders in family law in Australia and we are your expert family law lawyers in Newcastle and Maitland. Our goal is to help you see things more clearly and move forward in your life.
Based on the information you provide during our initial discussion, we’ll explain your rights, obligations, and the likely outcomes in your case. This personalised advice would help you make informed decisions throughout the settlement process.
If you and your ex-partner are open to negotiation, we would assist you in engaging in constructive discussions with the other party or their legal representatives. In cases where alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation are appropriate, we would guide you through the process.
Our aim is to help you reach a fair and mutually satisfactory agreement regarding the division of assets and liabilities.
We carefully analyse your financial situation, including the assets, liabilities, income, and contributions made during the relationship. This analysis helps in determining a realistic and favourable settlement arrangement.
If your case requires court intervention, we would represent you in court proceedings. Our property settlement lawyers would prepare and present your case effectively, advocating for your best interests and striving for a favourable outcome.
We would assist you in preparing and reviewing all the necessary documentation, such as financial statements, disclosure documents, and any legal agreements. It's crucial to ensure that all the paperwork is accurate, comprehensive, and legally binding to ensure a binding outcome.
Once an agreement is reached, we would assist you in preparing the necessary legal documents, such as Consent Orders or Binding Financial Agreements, to formalise the settlement and ensure it is legally binding.
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.
Director and Principal Solicitor
Samantha comes from a family of lawyers in Newcastle, specializing in family law. With extensive experience in the field, she is dedicated to guiding individuals through difficult times and helping them envision a brighter future. Samantha holds legal qualifications from both Australia and the UK, and since 2016, she has been practicing family law in Newcastle.
Kayla is a highly experienced legal professional with a Bachelor of Law and over 5 years of expertise in family law. She is admitted to practice in both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. With a strong focus on effective communication and customer service, Kayla is dedicated to assisting her clients through the challenging process of family law matters.
The duration of the property settlement process can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, and whether court intervention is necessary. In general, it can take several months to resolve a property settlement. However, it’s important to note that every case is unique, and timelines can vary significantly.
When dividing assets and liabilities, various factors are taken into account, including:
● The financial contributions made by each party during the relationship.
● Non-financial contributions, such as caring for children or maintaining the household.
● Future needs of each party, such as their earning capacity, health, and caring responsibilities.
● The overall goal is to achieve a fair and equitable division of property based on these factors.
Not necessarily. Going to court should be seen as a last resort. In many cases, property settlements can be achieved through negotiation, mediation, or alternative dispute resolution methods. These approaches can be more cost-effective, time-efficient, and allow you to have more control over the outcome. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, or if court intervention is necessary, we would represent you in court and advocate for your interests.
The assets owned by each party before the relationship are generally considered as part of the overall pool of assets. While they may be given some weight, they can still be subject to division depending on other factors, such as the length of the relationship and the contributions made during the relationship. It’s crucial to seek legal advice to understand how your specific circumstances may impact the division of assets.
While it’s not a legal requirement to have separate lawyers, it is highly recommended. Each party should have independent legal representation to ensure their rights and interests are protected throughout the property settlement process. Having separate lawyers can help provide unbiased advice, promote fair negotiations, and assist in achieving a favorable outcome.
If your ex-partner is not disclosing assets or providing accurate financial information, it can complicate the property settlement process. In such cases, you can seek legal assistance to compel them to provide the necessary disclosures. This may involve applying to the court for orders requiring full and accurate financial disclosure. Non-compliance with disclosure obligations can have serious consequences, including penalties imposed by the court.
Once a property settlement is finalised and formalised through Consent Orders or court orders, it is generally binding and enforceable. However, in certain circumstances, property settlements can be challenged or varied. This typically requires demonstrating a significant change in circumstances or establishing that there was a serious error or fraud in the original settlement. It’s important to consult with a lawyer to assess the viability of seeking changes to a finalised property settlement.
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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