Competent Family Lawyer in Parramatta To Solve All family Disputes
“When it comes to the additional issues involved in your family law matter or divorce, you need to be represented by a compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer. We have an extensive understanding of child custody, parenting orders and support issues and can assist you in establishing a legal right to maintain a harmonious and good relationship with your minor child or children.”
Our family law experts understand that family disputes and divorce are a sensitive area and can be a very stressful and challenging time for all parties involved. Our experience has shown that reaching a fair settlement rather than going to court is the best approach as it generally reduces the emotional and financial burdens for our clients and enables them to move forward with their lives. In saying this, we continue to vigorously advocate our client’s rights and interests throughout the entire process.
While staunchly asserting our client’s position, we are also committed to making the legal process as painless as possible, both emotionally and financially. In addition to litigation, we offer a full range of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services.
Our legal experts arecommitted to providing our clients with vigorous, competent and professional representation in a cost-effective manner. We assist our clients in resolving personal and financial family matters in the following areas:
We are committed to respectful and personalised service this can be seen in the way we assist clients in the drafting of wills and in our discrete and practical handling of marital and family law cases. Whatever your pressing legal need may be, our legal experts are fully equipped to help.
Once you have made the difficult decision to dissolve your marriage, your next step is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable solicitor who can provide you with the legal advocacy and the emotional support you need. Divorce often poses challenges for all parties, especially if there are minor children involved. We understand the stress of divorce. We are there for you through every step of the process, keeping you informed and fighting for your best interests. We are committed to helping you through this difficult time.
Grounds for divorce in Australia
In NSW, divorce is legally known as “dissolution of marriage.” The spouse seeking a divorce simply needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
Requirement for obtaining a divorce in Australia
In order to obtain a divorce in Australia the following requirements must be met:
- You or your spouse are Australian residents or citizens, or regard Australia as your permanent home.
- You are married (evidence of the relationship such as marriage certificate needs to be provided)
- You have been separated from your former partner for not less than 12 months immediately preceding the date of the filing of the application for the divorce order
- There is no reasonable prospect that you will get back together, ie the marriage is “irretrievably broken”.
Full-service family law firm handling all divorce-related issues
Every divorce is different and requires a personalized legal strategy. We always consider your goals while we work with you to resolve conflicts related to:
- Property division. NSW is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property must be divided fairly between spouses. While equitable mostly means equal, that is not always the case. A judge will consider the length of the marriage, each spouse’s economic circumstances, each spouse’s contributions to the marriage, and other factors when determining property division. We can help uncover the truth when your spouse has hidden assets or manipulated the records to conceal a fraudulent activity.
- Maintenance. The amount of maintenance that is awarded depends on many factors, including the standard of living established while married, the length of the marriage, the age and health of each party, the contribution of each party to the marriage, and more. The court may award permanent maintenance, which lasts until the death of either party or the remarriage of the recipient. Temporary maintenance lasts for the duration of the divorce proceedings.
- Child support. The Family Law Act 1975 Child Maintenance Guidelines help judges determine the appropriate amount of child support, which is usually based on the number of children and the parents’ combined net income. If paternity is called into question, a paternity action must be filed to get a DNA test to determine the identity of the father.
- Child custody. In NSW child custody falls under the umbrella known as “Parenting Orders.” In determining matters such as whom the child is to live with, the time a child is to spend with another person or other persons, the allocation of parental responsibility for a child, communication with the child and so on the court will turn its attention to the best interests of the children, looking at the child’s health and safety, emotional and developmental needs, the parents’ moral fitness and more.