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Do I need a family lawyer?

The lawyer you choose can make the difference in your family law matter. Separating from a spouse or partner is difficult, there are no two ways about it. We know that half of all relationships end in divorce but not one of us ever expects it to happen to our own relationship.

Whether the breakup is your choice or not, the grief you feel can be overwhelming in those early days. You might experience feelings of loss, anger, sadness and resentment, and you may also have to deal with how everyone else reacts to the separation – your partner, children, parents, friends and acquaintances.

Just when you’re feeling the most vulnerable, you find yourself with some incredibly difficult issues to work through. How will you and your partner tell the kids? How will you share the parenting? Where will you both live? How will you agree on who gets what? And here’s a big one, how can you avoid a long and expensive court process?

Unfortunately, separations can become ongoing arguments that leave everybody feeling damaged. This is what you want to avoid, and the good news is that you really can avoid it if you and your separating partner work together to resolve differences.

There’s no such thing as a fun separation, but there are separations where both sides keep their dignity intact so that they can move on positively to the next phase of their lives.

To achieve that outcome, you need the advice and guidance of an experienced family lawyer who is interested in keeping you out of court and helping you to move to the next chapter of your life without a nasty fight.

A lawyer with experience in all issues associated with divorce, and the breakdown of de facto and same-sex relationships, property settlement and asset division, parenting arrangements, financial agreements, spousal maintenance, agreements by consent, wills and probate, and cases of domestic and family violence.

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Family Law Dispute Resolution

If you and your former partner are disputing about children and property, Australian law requires you to make a genuine effort to resolve issues through family dispute resolution (‘FDR’). This must be undertaken before filing an application in court for orders.

Using counselling, mediation and negotiation, it’s been shown that as little as 5% of cases require a final hearing in a family law court. There are many advantages of avoiding court:

  • You may be able to move on and come to terms with the situation sooner
  • Reduced financial cost
  • Empowerment to make your own decisions rather than having a court decide for you
  • Maintaining or improving communication with your former partner

Your family lawyer can provide advice throughout this process, and help you develop options and draft settlements.

While some exceptions apply – including circumstances involving domestic violence – in most cases the courts only become involved after these measures have failed. Here, your lawyer will play a crucial role in advocating for you in court, and making sure the fairest outcome is reached.

Why are Sydney Law Group’s Family Lawyers the team to trust?

What sets us apart from other family law specialists in Sydney is our unique approach. We place a strong focus on providing services tailored to meet the distinct needs of your situation. We will become your strongest advocate.

Our people are discreet, sensitive, and compassionate. Alongside addressing the practical side of a case, we place an emphasis on your emotional wellbeing.

Are you looking for an expert family solicitor in Sydney or New South Wales? Our team comes highly recommended and will remain by your side at every stage. We are known for expert counsel based on the most current legal knowledge. Our lawyers offer peace-of-mind and a friendly ear when you need it most.

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When can I apply for a divorce?

Australian law states that for a divorce application to be made, a couple must demonstrate they have been separated for a continuous period of 12 months.

Length of separation can clearly be demonstrated where the couple has lived at different addresses during that time. However, if you can show the court you have led separate lives during that period while remaining in the same home, you will also be eligible.

Couples who have lived together during the separation period should ask a divorce lawyer for advice on the steps required to maintain an acceptable level of independence. The court will request confirmation of separation from an independent third-party, in the form of an affidavit.

What is involved when sorting property and finances after a divorce?

The most advantageous route to separating your property is an agreement reached between the couple themselves, without the need for court intervention.

In circumstances where a couple has difficulty agreeing to the terms of their property division, a family lawyer can provide advice. If necessary, they can facilitate FDR measures, such as professional mediation and negotiations.

After an agreement is reached, it’s important to make it legally binding by applying to the court for a legal ‘Property Settlement’.

Where independent discussions and FDR measures have failed, the court can step in. At this stage all decisions will be taken out of your hands, and a Property Settlement developed on your behalf.

Is the process of dividing property different for de-facto couples?

In cases where a de facto couple is seeking property distribution, the legal process largely reflects that which applies to married couples. 

However, one difference is the need to demonstrate the existence of a de facto relationship, as defined by the Family Law Act. This means it must be considered a ‘marriage type’ relationship. 

In making this determination, the court might consider the length of the partnership, whether it was sexual in nature, living and financial arrangements, and any shared children. Gender is not a consideration, meaning same sex couples are equally able to meet the definition.

Documentation such as joint bank accounts, shared mortgages, tenancy leases and tax invoices can help demonstrate the existence of a de facto relationship.

To seek a legal binding ‘Property Settlement’ through the courts, a de facto couple must meet one of the following criteria:

  • the relationship lasted at least two years
  • you share a child with your partner
  • you have made a substantial contribution to property and finances
  • the relationship was registered, or 
  • for at least one third of your relationship you lived in any Australian state or territory except Western Australia (where the uniform family law legislation does not apply). 

De facto couples must apply for a legal Property Settlement within two years of the relationship ending.

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How are arrangements for the care of children decided following separation?

During separation, important decisions need to be made about who you children will live with. Arrangements are also needed to ensure children can maintain appropriate contact with both parents.

In many instances parents can mutually agree on arrangements for the future care of their children, without external intervention. A ‘Parenting Plan’ will need to be developed, which allows for children to spend close to equal time with each parent.

Where parents struggle to reach an agreement, FDR measures are necessary. These include mediation, counselling and negotiation, and must be entered into before the court will step in. 

How are financial child support payments determined?

Here, considerations include the financial circumstances of both parents, and the agreed percentages of care. It is most advantageous where parents can come to an agreement without court intervention.

However, in certain situations the court may be required to step in and make its own judgements about how child care expenses will be managed, as well as custody and access. 

A specialist family lawyer can provide support at any stage in this process, as parents and/or the courts work to develop a plan in the best interests of the children.

What if my partner refuses to comply with court orders?

For Sydney families and all others across Australia, noncompliance and breaches of court orders are serious offenses. Your lawyer will outline your rights and responsibilities, and may recommend steps to resolve the matter without court involvement.

If court intervention is necessary, you must file an application for the contravention of orders, accompanied by an affidavit, and a certificate from an FDR practitioner (except where circumstances are deemed to be exceptional).

Where the court determines one party has demonstrated non-compliance, they must consider whether they have a reasonable excuse. This could include failure to understand their responsibilities, or a reasonable belief that non-compliance was necessary for somebody’s protection or wellbeing.

Based on the above, the court will determine what action must be taken. This might include amending the order, demanding compensation, or imposing community service, a fine or imprisonment.