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Divorce and separation

Separation does not necessarily lead to divorce but for couples who have been separated for 12 months and feel that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, divorce is an option.

We can help you through this difficult period by providing professional advice and guidance, and ultimately minimising the impact on you and your family.

Collaborative family law (lets you negotiate your divorce and settlement without having to go to Court)

Collaborative Family Law is a relatively new approach in Australia. It involves you, your former partner and your respective lawyers, negotiating the terms of your own settlement and any children’s issues. The negotiation takes place in person, around a table, and is designed to ensure that both parties needs and wishes are heard and taken into consideration. Experts from a variety of fields, such as accountants, financial advisors or children’s psychologists, can also be called in to provide advice and guidance during the negotiation process.

Collaborative law allows the parties involved to retain control of the process and prevents the need for a third party (i.e. the Court) to determine the outcome of the settlement.

Rafton Family Lawyers is a member of the Western Sydney Collaborative Family Lawyers network, which can help facilitate access to a wide variety of experts.

De-facto relationship breakdowns

The laws relating to de-facto couples are different to those of married couples, however we can still achieve the best outcome for you when necessary.

At Rafton Family Lawyers, we can help you to negotiate agreements relating to property and assets before you enter a de-facto relationship or during your relationship. We can also help you to reach a binding property settlement following a relationship breakdown and represent you in court if required (whether that pertains to property or children’s issues).

Property settlements (dealing with your house, family business, superannuation etc)

A property settlement sets out how the assets of the relationship will be divided following a marriage breakdown. Couples do not need to be formally divorced before reaching agreement on a property settlement, and de-facto couples can also reach a formal settlement under different legislation.

At Rafton Family Lawyers we have experience in a wide range of property settlement matters, involving houses, family businesses and superannuation, and we can help you to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. A legally binding property settlement is vitally important after a break-up to ensure that all of the issues relating to money, assets and property are clearly resolved and there is less chance of problems in the future.

Children’s Issues

Divorce is an extremely difficult time for children and we aim to minimise the impact of the process on them, and keep their rights in mind, whether we are negotiating where they will live, who they will live with and how often the other parent sees them.

Importantly, in the majority of cases, we can help our clients to resolve any issues regarding children without the intervention of the Court, which reduces a lot of the emotional trauma that may be faced by children asked to attend Co ...

News Release: Family Law
Submitted on: January 24, 2018 05:16:02 AM
Submitted by: Kate
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