According to the Institute of Family Studies, in Australia 2017, 47.1% of divorces involved families with children under 18 years old. Relationship breakdowns and the Family law proceedings can be stressful and difficult. Our Family Law Castlemaine Solicitors are sensitive to your situation and will protect you and your children’s interests so your separation runs as smoothly as possible and you get the best outcome.
Over recent decades Castlemaine has seen a population boom due to the constant trickle of tree changers. Families are leaving the big city and moving here to slow the pace of life and focus more on family. Perhaps you have arrived in Castlemaine with your family for a tree change or you have lived in this community all your life.
The best thing about Castlemaine is its a wonderful place to raise children. It is a safe and peaceful community where everyone knows everyone. There are parks and playgrounds, three public primary schools and a secondary college. There is also a choice of several private schools including a Steiner school. It is an ideal place to grow a family. Yet family life can get complicated and sometimes living a quieter less busy life gives us more time to focus on our relationship and see the holes.
After trying to fix those holes and work on keeping the family together, you may find the relationship is beyond repair and separation is on the cards. This is where it gets convoluted. Even if you are splitting up amicably, there are legal matters 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 Castlemaine solicitors are a professional and compassionate team who will guide you through the legal process and faithfully represent you and your interests.
Family Law Castlemaine, 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.
Family Law often includes property settlement. This may include 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 Castlemaine solicitors simplify it for you.
When it comes to Family Law, what is in the best interest of your children is the priority consideration. Parents often have differing views on this which makes parenting orders challenging. At Robertson Hyetts Solicitors we aim to get the best outcome for you and your children with our family dispute resolution services.
After separation, a Child Support Agreement (sometimes known as Child Maintenance) is established. The details of the agreement take in to account the costs of raising your children and the amount to be paid. Both parties can come to a private agreement or a Child Support Assessment will be done by the Child Support Agency. Again our family lawyers take you through the process of negotiating child support with your ex partner.
Family Violence / Intervention Orders
Physical, psychological and financial abuse is a common occurrence in many family situations going through the Family Law process. Family Violence Intervention Orders can be obtained to protect you from unwanted 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 financial support paid to a husband or wife (or former husband or wife) after separation if they’re economically unable to support themselves. You may have heard the similar term “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. Couples can choose to split their superannuation as part of the greater property settlement.
While we encourage separating couples to reach agreements and settlement out of court, court may be necessary if both parties can’t get past a sticking point. Appearing in court can be nerve wracking and representing yourself is fraught with complications. Its easy to make mistakes and not get the result you want. Our Family Law Castlemaine 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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