It is vital that you contact a family lawyer as soon as a separation appears likely. Making contact with a family lawyer places you in the best legal position possible for your circumstance.
Family law can be confusing. It is the area of law that deals specifically with legal issues that arise within marriages and de facto relationships. The breakdown of family relationships can be traumatic for all parties involved. Our team of family lawyers at Mudgeeraba understand that this time in your life can be one of the most difficult you will ever have to face. This is why we are committed to providing the Gold Coast with Family Lawyers that really understand the nature and difficulties of family dissolution.
We work hard to ensure that our clients receive only the very best family law outcomes available to them.
We can help you avoid expensive litigation, and save you money. We will explain to you your legal rights and obligations and work with you to quickly and cost effectively resolve your family law matters. We will outline for you all of your options for dispute resolution, and work with you to secure an agreed settlement.
Amanda Tomlinson of our Mudgeeraba office is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and has over 10 years’ experience as a family lawyer on the Gold Coast. For sound legal advice, and strong legal representation in your family law matter, contact Amanda.
Our family lawyers have extensive experience in a wide range of family law matters, including:
- Property Settlement & Maintenance
- Children & Parenting Arrangements
- Family Law / De Facto Agreements & Consent Orders
- Court Applications and Litigation
To formally end your marriage, an Application must be made to the Federal Circuit Court for a divorce. Our family law solicitors can assist you in taking the necessary steps to secure a worry-free divorce.
Property Settlement & Spousal Maintenance
The current family law regime recognises different types of relationships; so, whether you are married, de facto or in a same sex relationship you need to be aware of your entitlements when it comes to property division and spousal maintenance.
There are many factors that will affect your own individual entitlements, as all relationships are unique. Therefore, you should always be cautious about relying upon the outcome that your friends or relatives may have achieved as a result of the breakdown of their own relationship. It is always best to have your own specific entitlements assessed by a family lawyer.
Family Law / De Facto Agreements & Consent Orders
There are a number of ways to finalise property division and spousal maintenance agreements amicably without having to go to Court. This can be achieved by entering into a Financial Agreement (a private contract) or a Consent Order (a court order without a court appearance).
Financial Agreements can also be utilised to create financial security and certainty by those considering entering into a marriage or a de facto relationship, or those who are already in one of those relationships, even if you have not and currently do not intend to separate.
There are strict requirements that must be met for a Financial Agreement to be legally valid, and therefore, it is important to ensure that you seek legal advice from one of Specialist Family Lawyer if you are considering entering into one of these documents.
Children & Parenting Arrangements
The best interests of the children is the most important principle to consider when determining what arrangements should be made for children in separating families, and this should be the overriding factor in all parenting decisions.
If you are able to reach an agreement with your former partner about parenting arrangements either by talking to each other, attending a family dispute resolution service or by negotiation through a lawyer, then you can formalise that agreement by entering into a Parenting Plan or a Consent Order.
A Parenting Plan is a written agreement about parenting arrangements. These agreements can include provisions for children to spend equal or substantial and significant time with each parent, if doing so is in the child’s interests and reasonably practicable.
An agreement for parenting arrangements can also be formalised by a Consent Order. A Consent Order does not require you to make an appearance in Court but does involve a formal Application to Court for an examination by a court Registrar. We can assist you in this process.
You should seek legal advice from our Family Law Specialist to ensure that you record any agreement for your parenting arrangements in a way that best suits your family circumstances.
Court Applications and Litigation
Court action is usually started as a last resort but can be an important step to take where time is running out, where a matter is urgent or particularly complex, where there are intractable disputes between former partners, or where a specific Order is required to compel a particular action or prevent a particular action by a former partner.
If you intend making an Application to Court about parenting matters then you may need to first attend family dispute resolution with your former partner to obtain a certificate, unless your circumstances involve a matter of urgency, family violence, or you otherwise qualify as an exception to the rule.