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Custody Lawyers West Bendigo Divorce And Separation Lawyers In West Bendigo

Australian Law operates on the concept of no-fault divorce. This means that a court does not consider why the marital relationship ended. The Court is able to approve a divorce if there has been an irretrievable breakdown of marriage. In order to satisfy the Court that the marriage has actually broken down irretrievably the couple must has been separated for at least twelve months and one day. This indicates an individual can not apply for divorce till the parties have been separated for twelve months and one day.

It is possible for a couple in West Bendigo to be separated however to continue living in the very same house throughout the twelve months, which is known as ‘separation under the one roof’. If the couple is separated under the one roof they need to show to the Court that they were separated throughout this time.

If there are children aged under 18 years of age, a Court will only give a divorce if it is satisfied that appropriate arrangements have actually been made for them.

Divorce proceedings are performed totally individually from other proceedings in between the husband and wife and there is no commitment on a party to begin divorce proceedings before taking action in relation to any other aspect of the marital relationship breakdown. However if either party to the marital relationship wants to re-marry they must make an application for a divorce.

It is important to be mindful that procedures for property settlement and spousal maintenance must be commenced 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 get.

Child Support

You do not need us to tell you exactly what child support is or to get a basic idea of what your commitment (or entitlement) will be.

There is a fast children assistance 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 used to determine child support can be a complex and painful minefield. We can help you with a few of the lower recognized areas and intricacies, and help you to strategically prepare your child support plans and responsibilities for the future to make sure the best possible plan remains in place provided your and the other parents circumstances. Call us 1300 241 740 now if you need a custody lawyer West Bendigo.

Some areas that Our Family Law West Bendigo can help you with consist of:

Advising you regarding your options regarding child support which may consist of arranging a personal child support arrangement, in either a restricted or binding child assistance arrangement.

Private arrangements offer certainty for both moms and dads for a longer period of time (no continual 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 remove the need to handle the bureaucracy of the Department.

Assisting In Steps To Recover Unpaid Child Assistance In West Bendigo

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

Assisting you to modify the Department examined child support amount to much better suit your specific circumstances.

Assessments are prepared by the Department based on a standard formula, however can be changed under different situations (up or down) based upon aspects such as the cost of maintaining the kid in the way the moms and dads meant (e.g.: private education or additional extracurricular expenses), if a kid has extra health or medical needs, if a moms and dad is earnings poor but ‘asset rich’, etc. Other scenarios also use. The change of evaluation procedure can be complicated and we can help in preparing the required documents and preparing you for the road ahead.

West Bendigo Pre-nuptials And Financial Agreements

Monetary agreements (likewise known informally as ‘pre-nups’) are not for everybody, however 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 allows a personal arrangement to be formalised and prevents the later involvement of the Family Court. For that reason having such an arrangement can save a substantial amount of money, consisting of the expenses associated with property settlement negotiations or lawsuits if the parties separate. It can be compared to earnings protection insurance coverage or life insurance.

For separated couples in West Bendigo looking for to finalise their commitments to each other in the context of spousal maintenance (and in conjunction with a Court ordered agreement as to a property settlement). Unlike court orders in the context of spousal maintenance, a financial agreement can permanently finalise spousal maintenance responsibilities.

Family Violence

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

The traditional meaning of domestic violence (physical and sexual assault) was expanded in late 2012 and now incorporates a much larger scope of behaviours such as:

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

Many individuals in West Bendigo may now be shocked to find that domestic violence orders can be made if an individual in the relationship undertakes unauthorised surveillance of the other such as reading their text messages, monitoring their email account or internet 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 residential or commercial property settlement and spousal maintenance determined in the Family Court alongside couples.

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

De facto partners should not fear that they must leave empty handed from a relationship. The Family Law Act makes special provision for the change of residential or commercial property and financial backing, in very much the same way as a married couple.

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