At Shine Lawyers, we understand that the breakdown of a relationship or marriage can be a challenging time for everyone involved. It can be stressful, it can be emotionally draining and it can be tough on the family unit. Our team of experienced family lawyers is committed to giving you sensible, practical advice and support during this difficult period.
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Common questions about Family Law
Shine Lawyers are experts when it comes to giving you practical legal advice for your particular situation. We can give you comprehensive advice about your rights, entitlements and obligations in relation to property matters.
We believe in encouraging and facilitating an agreeable resolution whenever possible to achieve the best results for our clients and their families.
If an agreement cannot be reached, we can assist with Court proceedings.
We're committed to achieving a property settlement for you in a variety of ways, including:
- Negotiating directly with your former partner and/or their legal representation.
- Attending and organising alternative dispute resolution such as a mediation or collaborative practice.
- Preparing and filing appropriate documents if the matter proceeds to Court and appearing in Court on your behalf.
The main focus of collaborative practice is to reduce conflict and encourage resolution. Using this method, all parties agree to make a good faith attempt to reach a mutually acceptable settlement without going to Court. This is generally achieved through a series of four-way meetings that may include your financial advisors.
In these meetings, parties can place all their “cards on the table” and all issues can be discussed in a non-confrontational manner. This atmosphere promotes openness and honesty, allowing you to communicate your respective needs and secure your future.
There are many key advantages to collaborative practice:
- You can keep control of the separation process.
- You avoid going to court.
- Your needs are given priority.
- The solution fits your particular circumstances as opposed to having a decision imposed upon you by the Court.
- The process helps to preserve a respectful, ongoing relationship between you and your former partner.
- You can work towards settlement at your own pace, with plenty of time to consult professionals for advice about your particular needs, interests and objectives.
We believe collaborative practice enables parties to achieve an outcome that benefits all involved. If you wish to participate in this process, we will provide you with all the support and information you need.
This allows couples to opt out of the Court’s jurisdiction to deal with property and spousal maintenance and often allows more flexibility in the terms of the agreement.
All parties must get independent legal advice before entering into these agreements.
Shine Lawyers can help when it comes to this and can advise you of your rights.
This is usually a cost-effective way of resolving a matter. It also means that parties do not need to retain a solicitor if they don’t wish to. However, we would encourage all parties to obtain independent legal advice before entering into an agreement.
A divorce is the legal end to a marriage. An application for a divorce can be made solely or jointly following a 12 month period of separation.
You may need to appear in Court for the hearing, but this will depend on factors including:
- the type of application you make.
- whether or not there are children under the age of 18 involved.
At Shine Lawyers, we can help you prepare an application for divorce and appear in Court on your behalf if required.