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Family Law

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The breakdown of a relationship or marriage can be a challenging time for everyone involved. It can be stressful, emotionally draining and a serious strain on all concerned.

Best Wilson Buckley - Experts in family law

Best Wilson Buckley are a family law practice related to Shine Lawyers, and are committed to providing sensible, practical advice and support during difficult periods of relationship breakdown. With compassion and commitment, their team of family law experts can negotiate the complex legal system, and work toward outcomes that are in the best interests for your and your family.

Regardless of your location, Best Wilson Buckley have the capacity to provide specialist, sensitive advice for all your family law needs, including:

  • Parenting matters
  • Property settlements
  • Child support, and
  • Separation and divorce.

For more information on how Best Wilson Buckley can work for you, click the link below.

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Common questions about Family Law

Seeking legal advice for your particular situation can be a daunting, but often necessary experience to safeguard your rights.

By seeking advice from a family law expert, you can gain an understanding about your rights, entitlements and obligations in relation to your family and property matters.
Collaborative practice is an alternative method of dispute resolution. It differs significantly from conventional property settlements in that an outcome is achieved through interest-based negotiation.

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.
The Family Law Act allows couples to enter into financial agreements to finalise their property settlement.

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.
Parties who have separated can formalise an agreement by filing it with the Court. The agreement will then be made as a consent order.

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.

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