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Our team of Brisbane Family Lawyers is equipped to deal with all aspects of family law, be it parenting matters, property settlements, divorce or child support. Headed up by Amelia Trotman, our Brisbane team deals with these matters every day and can offer you comprehensive and empathetic legal advice that will help you through this difficult time.
Getting Divorced in Brisbane
When a marriage has broken down irretrievably and the spouses have been separated for 12 months or more, divorce is possible. Getting a divorce is a generally relatively simple and it is often just the beginning of sorting out your family law matters.
Talk to our Brisbane Family Lawyers about the optimal time to make an application for divorce in your circumstances.
De facto relationships
A de facto relationship in Brisbane (QLD) is a relationship between two people who live together on a genuine domestic basis without being married. Some de facto couples register their relationship; others don’t.
The Family Law Act applies to de facto couples in the same way it does to married couples. However, in order for a relationship to be recognised as a de facto relationship, the parties must have:
- Lived together for a total of at least two years; or
- Have one or more children;
- Have significant shared assets.
Armstrong Legal’s Brisbane Family Lawyers can advise you as to whether your relationship was a de facto relationship and on all the issues that flow from your separation.
Brisbane Property Settlement
Property settlement relates to the division of financial assets after a relationship has ended. The process of determining who is entitled to what after a separation is a complex one that requires calculating each party’s financial and non-financial contributions to the relationship. Financial contributions may include income, an inheritance received, gifts received, superannuation and other lump-sum payments received. Non-financial contributions often claimed are care of children, housework and emotional support.
There is a strict 24-month time limit in place for any property settlement claim following the termination of a de facto relationship and 12 months after a divorce. If you do not lodge a claim within this timeframe then you may not get what you’re entitled to.
Our Brisbane Family Lawyers always try to resolve property matters outside of court. When this is not possible, we provide our clients with the best advice, support and representation as they go through the court process.
The hardest part of going through a separation is often coming to an agreement about how the children will be cared for, where they will live and who they will spend time with. Parenting matters can often be resolved through negotiations between the parents or at mediation. When this occurs a Parenting Plan or Consent orders are generally obtained, without the need for parties to attend court.
When an agreement cannot be reached, an application for parenting orders must be made. This can be a long and involved process but our Brisbane Family Lawyers are here to help make it as easy and stress-free as possible. They will ensure you understand the principles the Family Court must consider and are empowered and informed at every step in the processes.
Whatever stage you are at in your family law matter, our lawyers are here to help. Give them a call on 1300 038 223.