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Divorce And Separation

Australian Law operates on the principle of no-fault divorce. This indicates that a court does not consider why the marital relationship ended. The Court has the ability to grant a divorce if there has actually been an irretrievable breakdown of marriage. In order to satisfy the Court that the marriage has actually broken down irretrievably the couple needs to has been separated for a minimum of twelve months and one day. This means an individual can not apply for divorce up until the parties have actually been separated for twelve months and one day.

It is possible for a couple to be separated but to continue residing in the exact same house throughout the twelve months, which is called ‘separation under the one roof’. If the couple is separated under the one roof they have to prove to the Court that they were separated throughout this time.

If there are kids aged under 18 years of age, a Court will just approve a divorce if it is satisfied that correct arrangements have actually been made for them.

Divorce proceedings are conducted entirely separately from other proceedings between the couple and there is no commitment on a party to commence divorce proceedings prior to doing something about it in relation to other aspect of the marriage breakdown. Nevertheless if either party to the marital relationship wants to re-marry they need to make an application for a divorce.

It is necessary to be conscious that procedures for property settlement and spousal maintenance must be begun within one year of the divorce. Applications can just be made after this period with the approval of the Court, and this is tough to obtain.

Child Support

You don’t need us to tell you exactly what child assistance is or to get a general concept of what your responsibility (or entitlement) will be.

There is a fast children support estimator on the website of the Department of Human Services Child Support (” the Department”) which you can use.

Nevertheless, the child support system and the formula utilized to compute child support can be a complex and painful minefield. We can help you with some of the lesser known areas and intricacies, and assist you to strategically prepare your child support plans and responsibilities for the future to make sure the best possible plan is in place provided your and the other parents scenarios.

Some areas that Our Family Law can assist you with include:

Advising you as to your alternatives regarding child support which might consist of arranging a private child assistance arrangement, in either a minimal or binding child assistance arrangement.

Personal agreements provide certainty for both parents for a longer amount of time (no continuous reassessments each year or more), enable greater versatility in the approach of payment (direct funding in periodic or lump sums, or payment of educational, medical and extracurricular expenses in part or in lieu), and get rid of the need to handle the bureaucracy of the Department.

Assisting In Steps To Recover Unpaid Child Support

We can assist in converting the unpaid amount from a Commonwealth debt to a personal debt to enable you to side step the Department and pursue personal recovery lawsuits through the Court or more serious actions such as recovering the debt from a recalcitrant spouse at the international airport gate terminal.

Assisting you to modify the Department evaluated child support amount to better suit your individual circumstances.

Evaluations are prepared by the Department based upon a basic formula, but can be altered under different situations (up or down) based upon aspects such as the expense of maintaining the kid in the way the parents intended (e.g.: private education or extra extracurricular costs), if a kid has additional health or medical needs, if a parent is earnings poor but ‘asset rich’, and so on. Other situations also use. The change of evaluation process can be complicated and we can help in preparing the required documents and preparing you for the road ahead.

Pre-nuptials And Financial Agreements

Monetary arrangements (likewise known colloquially as ‘pre-nups’) are not for everybody, nevertheless they can be beneficial:

As a risk management tool for couples seeking to pre-arrange how they will divide their property if they separate at a later time, it basically enables a personal agreement to be formalised and precludes the later participation of the Family Court. For that reason having such an agreement can save a considerable sum of money, consisting of the expenses connected with property settlement negotiations or litigation if the parties separate. It can be compared with earnings protection insurance coverage or life insurance.

For separated couples looking for to settle their obligations to each other in the context of spousal maintenance (and in conjunction with a Court ordered agreement regarding a property settlement). Unlike court orders in the context of spousal maintenance, a financial agreement can completely finalise spousal maintenance obligations.

Family Violence

Family violence (likewise referred to as domestic violence) is taken very seriously by the Courts, not only are orders available (in the Magistrates Court) to provide protection to the victim, however the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will take any allegations of domestic violence into consideration when determining future parenting arrangements for kids.

The traditional definition of domestic violence (physical and sexual assault) was widened in late 2012 and now encompasses a much broader scope of behaviours such as:

  • emotional and psychological abuse
  • economic abuse
  • threatening behaviour
  • behaviour which is coercive
  • behaviour which controls or dominates another individual and triggers them to fear for their safety or wellbeing.

Many individuals might now be shocked to discover that domestic violence orders can be made if an individual in the relationship undertakes unauthorised monitoring of the other such as reading their text, monitoring their email account or web web browser history.

De Facto Relationships

In March 2009 a brand-new day dawned for de facto relationships, provided the couple separated after 1 March 2009, they were entitled to have their claim for a property settlement and spousal maintenance determined in the Family Court together with married couples.

In spite of not sealing their relationship with a ring, a couple (heterosexual or homosexual) who have cohabited on a real domestic basis for at least 2 years (or less if they have a kid, registered their relationship under the law of the State or one made a significant contribution to the property of the other or the welfare of the family unit) are considered to be a legal entity for the purpose of family law.

De facto spouses should not fear that they must walk away empty handed from a relationship. The Family Law Act makes special provision for the adjustment of property and financial support, in very much the same way as a couple.