When a family falls apart it’s devastating enough, but then you have to deal with the financial and legal implications of it all.
Dividing up property, superannuation, who gets custody if there are children involved, is there a will and are you going to dispute it?
Whether it’s the break-up of a relationship or a death that’s prompted the issue, we can guide you through this difficult time in your life.
If custody of a child is in dispute, the first step is to try and resolve the issue through mediation. The process can be managed by a professional mediator, and often involves a series of meetings where ideas, options & solutions are explored, and both parties listen to each other without interruption. If it doesn’t succeed the case can be heard in the Family Court, where parenting orders may be issued.
If you’re a close relative of the deceased, and you’ve been left out of a will or not adequately provided for, there is a way to address the imbalance.
We can help you make a Family Provisions Application, and if the court decides your claim is genuine they’ll calculate the amount you should receive for proper maintenance and support. Notice of applications should be done within six months of the death, and applications should begin within nine months.
We can help with these, and all other family law matters from prenuptial agreements to parenting agreements, asset protection to property maintenance issues.