Whether we like it or not, separation and divorce can happen to any of us, and it is important that you get the right legal advice early to ensure a smooth process and the best possible outcome for all parties. Having an experienced family lawyer in your corner can help ease the stress which comes with the breakdown of a relationship.
There are many aspects to deal with, such as legal and financial paperwork, alongside parenting arrangements and other children matters. You don’t need to understand the intricacies of the family law system and defend your rights on your own – let one of our divorce lawyers in Cairns help. We will talk you through family law and the process, costs, time limits, as well as the practical and legal decisions you will have to make.
Many people who don’t use legal representation often settle for less because they are unaware of their entitlements. With the support of a family divorce lawyer, you can take the right steps to look after yourself, your children, your property, and your finances.
If you consider that your relationship has broken down, or will break down in the near future, one of our family divorce lawyers will help you identify your best options so you can make good decisions about your future.
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The best outcomes are usually achieved when both parties work through the divorce in an amicable manner, however, even if things are friendly, you should get independent legal advice from an experienced family lawyer to ensure your rights are properly protected.
Our family divorce lawyers are supported by experienced paralegals and, if necessary, can call on another of our 17 lawyers to help ensure the best possible outcome for you.
Our divorce lawyers can handle the divorce application process for you on a fixed fee basis. This makes things that little bit easier and reduces some of the stress. To find out more, get a quote today.
We understand that choosing a family lawyer to work with on such a sensitive matter can be hard and we want to help make that a little easier, which is why we offer a free 30-minute initial consultation.
This confidential meeting with us will be your first step in starting to make the legal decisions that can protect you, your family, and your assets. Whether you proceed or not, you don't have to pay for this initial meeting.
You must be separated for 12 months before you can apply for a divorce in Australia. Proper arrangements for children and their welfare should also be made before court proceedings commence to grant a divorce.
You can still be separated and live in the same household. This is quite common when parents separate but still want to care for their children whilst parenting arrangements are being finalised. You will need evidence that the separation is a genuine one.
The person applying for a divorce usually pays the filing fee, however your former spouse may agree to share the costs.
Typically, takes three to four months to go through the court proceedings when applying for a divorce.
A decision by the judicial officer is based on the unique aspects of each case and therefore, each order will be different. The court will consider each applicant’s income, assets and available resources, alongside their future earning capacity. The significance and weight given of each of these aspects depends on your unique circumstances. Working with a family law firm, we will help you navigate through this process and give you the best chance of a successful outcome.
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