When you are dealing with the possibility of the end of a relationship, whether it is a marriage or a de-facto relationship, uncertainty of your future can cause much unnecessary anxiety. It is important to have the advice of an experienced family lawyer to help you through this challenging time.
Becoming informed during the time of contemplation provides confidence and assurance, for not only your future but also during the process of separation.
If you are living in a de-facto relationship you should find out your rights.
It is advisable to consult an experienced family lawyer if you have been living together for over 2 years, but you can always discuss your situation with us before this time period is reached.
We can also help you with Pre-Nuptial agreements, which are contracts that can be made whilst a couple is living together. While Pre-Nuptial agreements are more widely used for married couples, this isn’t legally necessary and they can also be drawn up for de-facto partnerships and same sex couples.
The major areas of a concern during a divorce are children and property.
You should be aware that terms have changed, and what used to be known as access and custody, are now known as ‘contact’ and ‘residence’. Even though the names may have changed, the same issues and concerns still remain and that’s why we offer not only support but also clear direction and advice in what can be a very a difficult period.
The division of property deals with the division of not only estates, but also superannuation, dealing with creditors, banks or other creditors, company structures and family trusts.