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At Lionheart Lawyers, we are passionate about Family Law, and based on our previous results, we’ll fight to obtain the best outcome for our clients.
Your matter might be relatively simple and straight-forward, in which case, we will facilitate a just, fair and quick resolution of the matter.
However, your matter may involve complex issues such as physical or psychological harm towards you or your children, and or the dissipation or concealment of local and international financial, property, business and trust assets. This is where Lionheart Lawyers really shine. Our experience in such matters will ensure that we provide you with a comprehensive review and advice on your situation, and the implementation of a successful strategy for you to move forward.
In either case, we will listen, understand and guide you on the best way to proceed. Our priority is to achieve a speedy resolution, and the protection of you and your children’s future.
Worry less, call us today.
We understand that going through a separation and divorce can be extremely stressful, particularly if children, adultery, addiction, or violence are involved. An experienced family lawyers at Lionheart Lawyers can help you through this process.
To formalise your divorce, your relationship must have irrevocably broken down such that you have been separated for at least 12 months. You will then file an application with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. We can help you complete and file the divorce application.
Once the application is filed, it is listed for a hearing date within 2 months. At the hearing, a registrar of the court will assess the application and decide whether all requirements of a divorce are satisfied. If so, the court will grant the divorce and make a divorce order. The divorce will finalise within 1 month of the date of the order.
We know that one of your key concerns is how the children will be affected by your change of circumstances. At the breakdown of a relationship, the central consideration when it comes to deciding parenting arrangements (child custody) is looking at the best interests of the child.
Generally, parties are encouraged to discuss and solve their parenting issues before going to court. They must attend family dispute resolution and are expected to make a genuine effort to resolve their disputes. Despite best efforts, we know that some parties cannot reach a resolution on parenting arrangements.
We understand that some common issues include the following:
- Your former partner is refusing you access to spend quality time with your children.
- You are concerned about the physical and mental safety of your children with your former partner or their family members.
- You want to be involved in key decisions concerning your children, such as their school or their medical treatment.
- Your children require special needs assistance, and your former partner is not responsibly attending to this.
- Your former partner wants to take, or has taken, your children overseas.
All parents have a responsibility and obligation to provide financial support to their children. This is managed and administered by the Child Support Agency, which is part of Services Australia (formerly the Department of Human Services). If you and your partner have agreed on child support arrangements, we can assist in documenting and finalising this agreement.
Unfortunately, some family law matters may include domestic violence. This comes in different forms and can be physical, emotional, or economic abuse with the intent to stalk, harass, assault, inflict duress or intimidate. This includes any threats to release your private information or photographs of you.
The violence may be from your former partner, their family members, or their friends. We understand that you may be concerned that your children may be at risk of harm in such an environment.
We can assist in advising you on parenting arrangements or obtaining an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) where there is family violence. An AVO will restrict and put conditions on the other person’s behaviour to protect you from future harm.
In some cases, however, someone might unnecessarily obtain an AVO against you. We can assist you in going to court and defending you against the allegations.
Our experience family lawyers at Lionheart Lawyers will assist you to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and future of you and your children.
Property settlements in family law disputes can be complex, however, finding a solution does not have to be. When it comes to dealing with the property and financial aspects of your matter, our experience family lawyers at Lionheart Lawyers will provide you with strong and practical advice to resolve and finalise these disputes.
You may be worried about:
- Losing or being vacated from the family home.
- Your former partner owns and is withholding most or all assets of the relationship.
- The property you owned before your relationship.
You may also be concerned that you have little to no income and are worried about supporting yourself and your children. If this is the case, we can advise on your rights to receive spousal maintenance from your former partner.
We know that property settlement may include more than your family home. It may include your business or your shareholdings, personal property, or your superannuation or self-managed super funds.
You may also have concerns in respect of your business such as:
- Your former partner threatening to take or destroy your business, or releasing your confidential information.
- Your entitlements regarding business income, and family or business trusts.
Our lawyers are trained in all areas that concern your family law matter. We have a background in property, commercial and corporate law and work with financial advisors when settling your property disputes.
We understand your worries. Rest assured; Lionheart Lawyers will fight for you.
There are different ways that parties communicate and navigate through their family law matter. In some cases, your former partner may not be responding to your attempts to contact or negotiate. In other cases, although there is communication you wish to avoid going to court to resolve your disputes. At Lionheart Lawyers, we can assist you by providing speedy and inexpensive alternatives to solve your disputes.
One method is through mediation. This is a voluntary process where an independent person (the mediator) can assist you in negotiating an agreement with your former partner. There are many benefits to mediation, which include having the flexibility and control over the outcome of the matter and keeping your costs low.
Even if court proceedings have already commenced, another avenue to settle is through conciliation, which is more common in property and financial issues. The conciliator (usually a registrar from the court) will assist the parties with possible options and is active in helping and exploring ways to settle the case. Similarly, conciliation will allow you to keep your costs low in avoiding future court events and gives you the opportunity to make a genuine effort in negotiating and settling your dispute.
If you have reached an agreement with your former partner, we can assist in documenting and finalising your matter. This may include preparing one or more of the following:
- Parenting Plan
- Consent Orders
- Binding Financial Agreement
- Binding Child Support Agreement
At Lionheart Lawyers, we know that all family law matters are different, the same way that all families are different. Either way, we will be there to help.
Contact us today.