When going through separation and the subsequent family law processes to follow (eg, divorce, property settlement, parenting arrangements), the supports you have around you make all the difference.
Separation can be a complex and emotionally difficult time for many people. Receiving expert legal advice can equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to take your next steps.
At Smith Family Law, our team of experienced family lawyers have the skills necessary to understand your individual situation and provide tailored legal advice specific to your unique circumstances. We pride ourselves on providing cost-effective, practical and solution-focused advice.
We can help guide you through the process and will work to ensure that your interests are protected and maintained, both now and in the future.
Separation can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Contact us to speak with one of our experienced family lawyers.
Separation, in a family law context, is the ending of an intimate partner relationship. Unlike marriage and divorce, there is no legal process to separation. This lack of legal process can leave you unsure about what to do next.
Divorce is the formal legal ending of a marriage. It is separate and distinct from property settlement and parenting arrangements after the breakdown of a marriage. Unlike resolving parenting or property matters, the divorce process is relatively straightforward. Applications for Divorce are now completed online.
Property settlements between married couples and between de facto couples are virtually the same. Given the law provides a broad discretion to the Courts on how property is to be divided, and each couple is different, getting early advice to know your entitlements and how best to reach a negotiated agreement (or where necessary, through the Courts) is vital.
Spousal maintenance (also called “alimony” in the United States) is the payment from one party to a marriage or de facto relationship to the other party, for their financial support. Spousal maintenance is different to a property settlement but can be considered at the same time as a property settlement or later. It is also different to adult child maintenance or child support.
A Financial Agreement (sometimes called Binding Financial Agreement or BFA) is a type of agreement that allows you and the other party to have greater control over your own property settlement before, during and/or after separation or divorce, without intervention from the court.
Following separation, many couples are able to come to an agreement between themselves about arrangements for the care of their children. However, often there can be disputes about these parenting arrangements. When parents cannot agree about arrangements for the care of their children, it is prudent to seek legal advice so that parents can reach a resolution that is practical and appropriate for them.
Child support is financial support for a child paid from one parent or carer to another. Parents are legally obliged to maintain their children until they reach the age of 18 years, and in some cases even after a child turns 18.
Family violence is harmful behaviour that is used to control, threaten, force or dominate a family member through fear. Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIO’s) are concerned with the protection of family members, partners, ex-partners and children from family and domestic violence.
In Australia, there are two types of surrogacy arrangements where a woman carries a child for another person or couple; traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. We assist intended parents and birth parents/surrogate mothers navigate the legal requirements of surrogacy.
We offer support and advice in relation to issues specific to the LGBTIQA+ community, including:
Keeping your family law matter out of the court system, using mediation and other out of court settlement options is more cost-effective, results in faster resolutions and will reduce stress and anxiety. You can save money on legal fees and be confident in the fact that you can make your own decisions about what the result will be.