Do you live in Bendigo or the surrounding area, and going through a separation or divorce? You are probably going through the most difficult time in your life. Our Family Law Bendigo Solicitors are sensitive to your circumstances and will protect you and your children’s interests. We want your separation to resolve as smoothly as possible so you can move on with the best outcome.
According to Census data gathered in 2016, there are over 15,00 families living in Bendigo. Bendigo is a vibrant regional city with quiet suburbs to raise a family and bring up kids. The education opportunities are plentiful with a mix of government and private schools available. Bendigo is a very family friendly town with plenty to do on weekends and after school activities to extend your child’s life experiences.
Sometimes life doesn’t always work out how we expect and the pressures facing families in a modern busy household can cause couples to separate. You’ve given your best and tried to keep the family together, but sometimes the answer is to go your separate ways and apply for a divorce or separation. Splitting up can get complicated even when it’s amicable. There are legalities to consider. Who retains the home where the children reside? What will be the custody arrangements for the kids? Will you be considering a 50/50 care arrangement? What assets are to be divided?
Our Family Law Bendigo solicitors are a professional and compassionate team who will guide you through the legal process and faithfully represent you and your interests.
Family Law Bendigo, do the laws apply to me?
In recent times significant changes have been made to Family Law. Now the Commonwealth family law regime applies to all couples – married, unmarried, and same sex.
You can expect to include a property settlement when considering Family Law. This may include real estate, companies, trust entities, superannuation and employment entitlements to name a few. There are many things that are considered assets for the purposes of your Family Law case. Our Family Law Bendigo solicitors simplify it for you.
The Family Law courts consider what is in the best interest of your children to be the priority concern. Parenting orders can become challenging if the separating parents have differing views on what is in their children’s best interests. At Robertson Hyetts Solicitors we aim to get the best outcome for you and your children with our family dispute resolution services.
If you have children under the age of 18 a Child Support Agreement (sometimes known as Child Maintenance) needs to be established. The costs of raising your children inform the details of the agreement and the amount to be paid. You and your ex partner can work out a private agreement or a Child Support Assessment will be done by the Child Support Agency. Our family lawyers take you through the process of negotiating a Child Support Agreement.
Family Violence / Intervention Orders
Physical, psychological and financial abuse is a common occurrence in many family situations going through a separation. You can obtain a Family Violence Intervention Order to protect you from abusive communication and contact. Our family law solicitors can apply for intervention orders on your behalf and represent you in the Federal Magistrate’s Court.
Spousal Maintenance is economic support paid to a husband or wife (or former husband or wife) after separation if they are unable to support themselves. This is sometimes referred to as “alimony”. It is separate from Child Support, or Adult Child Maintenance. Agreements for Spousal Maintenance can be difficult to negotiate, so it’s best to employ a professional family lawyer to mediate the legalities and place the application in the Family Law courts.
Application for Consent Orders
Application for Consent Orders and Binding Financial Agreements are two types of agreements made between separating parties. Family Lawyers will generally refuse to do Binding Financial Agreements where an Application for Consent Orders can achieve the same goal; however an Application for Consent Orders cannot make a prenuptial agreement.
Superannuation Splitting Orders
Superannuation is considered an asset in a Family Law property settlement. One party may have more superannuation than the other, perhaps because one of you has opted to stay home and raise the family and do unpaid home duties. It is still considered a family asset for property matters. Couples can choose to split their superannuation as part of the greater property settlement.
We encourage separating couples to reach agreements and settlement out of court in an amicable manner. Yet going to court may be necessary if both parties can’t reach a compromise. Appearing in court can be intimidating and representing yourself is complicated and not recommended. The technicalities of the legal system makes it easy to make mistakes and not get the result you want. Our Family Law Bendigo solicitors can assist in court appearances in the Magistrates Court and in the Family Law Jurisdiction in the Federal Circuit Court.
We also brief barristers if your case requires it.
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For legal advice that protects your interests phone now for an appointment: Bendigo 03 5434 6666; Castlemaine 03 5472 1588 or Melbourne by appointment.
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