The Family Law
Tips to assist with your case:
- 01 Time limits may apply to persons wishing to bring applications seeking property and spousal maintenance orders where you are married or in a domestic relationship (de facto relationship). Since 1 March 2009, domestic relationships, which includes same sex relationships, have been covered by the Family Law Act (1975). Given the existence of time limits, you may need to act promptly.
- 02 In most property cases the law dictates that the Court must take into account contributions of each of the parties to the relationship. It is important that you present to your lawyer:
• All documents to which you have access which prove that you or a family member contributed money or assets into your relationship at any time. Such documents may include:
* Loan documents
* Letters or documents detailing contributions
* Bank statements or records
* Financial Statements.
• Contracts, letters, statements of account, valuations, and other documents which provide evidence of the value of an asset at the time you introduced that asset into relationship together with evidence of how that asset was used during the relationship.
• Wage or salary records, contracts of employment and tax returns recording what you have earned during your relationship;
Australia has a no fault system of divorce. This means that in order to apply for a divorce the only per-condition is that you have been separated for one year. It is possible to be separated but living in the same home. You cannot apply for a divorce until a year after separation. However, it should be noted that if you wish to apply for property orders, children’s orders or maintenance or other orders, THERE IS NO WAITING PERIOD. You can apply at any time, even before you are separated.
There is now a general requirement that if a parent wishes to apply for parenting orders, before applying to a court for Orders, the parents are required to attend FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION COUNSELING or at least attempt to. However, it should be noted that in urgent cases and those involving family violence, you can seek to be exempted from the requirement to attend counseling.
If you are concerned that your spouse or partner may intend to sell or mortgage real estate including your home before you have a chance to make a claim, it may be necessary to instruct us to:
Seek an urgent application to prevent it;
Lodge a caveat on real estate to prevent sale or mortgage and/or;
Issue a property application.
Deceased Estates – Challenging Wills
There are time limits so you may need to act promptly.
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