Go To Court Lawyers’ dedicated family law specialists will give you practical, clear and timely advice. Our lawyers understand that that you are going through a difficult and upsetting time. They will take some of the pressure off you by providing user-friendly advice and letting you know all your options.
Whether you are going through a divorce or property settlement, negotiating arrangements for care of children, disputing or seeking to enforce a child support assessment, or dealing with a spousal maintenance claim, our supportive team of family lawyers will be there to help you get the outcome you want.
Family Law Overview
Australia has a ‘no fault’ divorce system. This means that it is not necessary to establish whose fault the breakdown of a marriage is. A person who has been separated from their spouse for at least 12 months can apply for a divorce if the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The couple can also apply together.
A family lawyer will help you to prepare or respond to a divorce application, locate your spouse, and serve them with the documents.
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Your lawyer will attend court on your behalf and obtain the divorce order.
- No Fault Divorce
- Annulment of Marriage
- Counselling And Reconciliation in Family Law
- Divorce Application
- Divorce Hearing
- Divorce Requirements
- Obtaining a Divorce if Married Overseas
- Preparing for Divorce
- Reproductive Technology and Separation
- Same Sex Marriage and Family Law
- Separation And Short Relationships
- Time Limits in Family Law Matters
- Date of Separation
Obtaining property orders
When a couple separates, it is often necessary to seek orders setting out how their asset pool is to be divided between the parties. A five-step test is used to determine the entitlements of separating partners.
A Go To Court family lawyer can help you to negotiate with your ex to try to achieve a favourable property settlement out of court. If this is not possible, your lawyer will take your matter to trial and fight for the best possible outcome.
- Are Family Trusts Part of the Asset Pool
- Bankruptcy and Family Law Matters
- Breaching a Family Law Order
- Can the Court Set Aside Consent Orders?
- Can Violent Conduct Affect a Property Settlement?
- Capital Gains Tax and Property Settlements
- Caveats on Properties in Family Law
- Enforcement of Property Orders
- Family Law Consent Orders
- Family Law Mediation
- Financial Agreement Entered Before Marriage
- Gifts in Property Settlements
- Inheritance in Property Settlements
- Initial Contributions in Property Settlements
- Marriage Assets
- Paid Legal Fees in Property Matters
- Personal Injury Payouts and Property Settlements
- Post-Separation Inheritance
- Family Law Property Divisions
- Valuation of Property in Family Law
Negotiating parenting arrangements
When a couple separates and there are children who are still under 18, it is usually necessary for the parties to negotiate arrangements for the children’s care. In some cases, this may be able to be done informally; in others, a written agreement will need to be drawn up or orders obtained from the court, either by consent, or after a trial.
Our talented family lawyers will help you to arrive at a parenting arrangement that suits the needs of your children, whether this means negotiating with the other parent, attending mediation or making an application to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) for parenting orders.
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Parenting Arrangements Information
- ‘No Access’ Parenting Orders
- Access Family Law
- Child’s Best Interest
- Child Dispute Conference
- Breach of Parenting Orders
- Calculating Child Support
- Child Support Change of Assessment
- Child Travelling Overseas
- Parenting Consent Orders
- Parenting Orders: How to Get ‘Çustody’ of Children‘
Seeking spousal maintenance
Sometimes at the time of separation, one partner is financially dependent on the other and is unable to support themselves for a particular reason, such as illness or because they have the full-time care of children. In this situation, an application for spousal maintenance may need to be made.
Spousal maintenance is generally paid when there is a significant difference between the incomes of the spouses. It may be paid by agreement between the parties, or after the court has made an order for the payment of spousal maintenance.
If you need to seek spousal maintenance from your ex, contact Go To Court’s family lawyers.
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Spousal Maintenance Information
- What Happens After the Death of a Party?
- Superannuation Splitting
- Children’s Maintenance
- Enforcing Child Support Overseas
- De Facto Relationships in Australia
- Civil Unions in Australia
Taking a family law matter to court
When a family law matter cannot be resolved through negotiations between the parties or at mediation, it may become necessary to make an application to the court. Your Go To Court family lawyer will prepare an application or response and the affidavit material required. They will explain the procedural steps that will follow, outline all your options and advise you of the possible outcomes.
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Family Law Litigation Resources
- Family Law Abuse
- How to Fight a Child Protection Order
- Child Support Laws
- Drug Testing in Parenting Matters
- How to Challenge a Family Report
- Family Court Family Violence
- Final Parenting Orders – The Rule in Rice & Asplund (1979)
- Gender Dysphoria and the Family Court
- Grandparent Rights Australia
- Litigation Guardian Family Law
- Location Law
- Family Court Subpoena
- Court Supervised Visits
- Independent Children’s Lawyer