Brisbane Family Law
Recently separated and unsure about the next steps? Come and see our Brisbane family lawyers who can help! We have the knowledge and expertise to help resolve any family law problem.
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Brisbane Family Law
Family law is a highly emotional and often very complex area of law. There are many aspects within family law but the more common are in relation to financial matters and sorting out suitable arrangements for the children after separation or divorce.
We are an experienced Brisbane based team of family lawyers with expertise in negotiation, mediation, litigation and advocacy. We have a strong reputation for a solution-focused approach and always encourage communication rather than confrontation. When a family break-down occurs, it is important to have an experienced family lawyer on your side.
We understand the impact that family disputes can have on your life and appreciate that the legal process can be overwhelming and difficult which is why we always explore alternatives to litigation such as mediation and negotiation to reach out of court settlements. However, in circumstances where a case cannot be resolved out of court, we will not hesitate to go to court to protect your rights and achieve the best possible result.
We deal with all of our family law matters in a sensitive and professional manner and provide clear, compassionate advice so that you can make fully informed decisions.
Broadly, our family law services include:
- Property Settlement
- Parenting Arrangements
- Children’s matters
- Enforcement matters
- General Legal Advice
We can also help you if you are entering into a new relationship and wish to protect your assets should the relationship fail or if you are a grandparent, relative or friend who is concerned about the welfare of children.
If you are recently separated and unsure about the next steps, make an appointment for a free initial consultation with one of our Brisbane lawyers who can help! It is critical in family law disputes to assess your strengths and weaknesses early to formulate a strategic plan and to ensure that you are within the strict time limitation periods. We have the knowledge and expertise to help resolve any family law problem so please contact us today for one of our family law specialists.
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If you are married and not in a de-facto relationship, divorce is the official legal recognition of the end of your marriage. Getting a divorce can be a difficult time in your life, however, our lawyers make the process simple, stress free and at minimum expense.
In Australia, we have a “no fault” divorce system which means that the parties do not have to point blame at each other or justify why a divorce should be granted. However, you must be separated from your partner for a period of at least 12 months, living separate lives and there to be no chance of reconciliation to obtain a divorce order from the Court. Additionally, if there are children aged under 18 years old, the Court will only grant a divorce if it is satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for the welfare of those children.
If you only wish to settle property and financial issues and/or make parenting arrangements, it is not obligatory to apply for a divorce. A divorce does not deal with issues about property or make formal parenting orders. These must be dealt with separately to the divorce application. You do not have to wait a year before dealing with property and parenting issues as a divorce is a separate independent court case. However, if you have filed an application for divorce or received a divorce order, we recommend that you contact us immediately as there are strict time limitations to apply for property and financial settlements.
Rest assured our lawyers are well equipped to assist you with all property/financial, parenting and divorce matters and proceedings. Call or email Wilson Law today for a free initial consultation, one of our family law specialists will be more than capable to attend to your matter,
Why Choose Wilson Law
Wilson Law takes pride in being considered to be one of the best law firms in Brisbane. Their professional lawyers consistently demonstrate that they are amongst the most successful and effective advocates in Brisbane through their continued commitment to achieve the very best results for their clients. Communication is paramount in all cases with their clients kept fully informed along every step of the way. If you’re looking for an exceptional lawyer in Brisbane that will treat your case as if it is their own and achieve a remarkable result, get in touch with us today. For a Family Lawyer Brisbane – you need Wilson Law.
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Wilson Law is a professional legal practice committed to the success of their clients. With a wide range of legal expertise, our goal is to deliver legal representation at the highest level. Based in the inner norther suburbs of Brisbane , Wilson Law offer their expertise not only to Brisbane, but all of Queensland. With a wide range of skills and legal knowledge, Wilson Law are able to provide legal service for a wide variety of legal matters including Brisbane Family law.
What is “No Fault Divorce”?
In Australia, we have a “no fault divorce” system which means who is to blame is irrelevant. However, you must be separated from your partner for a period of at least 12 months, living separate lives and there to be no chance of reconciliation to get a divorce from the Court. Additionally, if there are children aged under 18 years old, the Court will only grant a divorce if it is satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for the welfare of those children.
I only want to settle property and financial issues and/or make parenting arrangements
When you and your former partner separate, not only will you need to make important decisions about the future care of your children, you will need to decide how to divide your property, money and belongings. This can be a daunting prospect as you and your former partner may have obtained the assets, liabilities and personal belongings through a lifetime of growing together and they now suddenly need to be dealt with and divided.
When determining a property settlement there is a four step process the Courts adopt:
- Identify and value the net property of the parties available for division
- Identify, assess and evaluate the relevant contributions made by both parties to the marriage (this includes financial and non-financial contributions)
- Assess and evaluate the future needs of both parties
- Ensure that the overall settlement is just and equitable
Wilson Law can help work through these issues to ensure that your rights are protected and that the property division is fair and reasonable in all circumstances. As there are strict timeframes which apply to separation or property, we recommend that you contact us immediately to arrange a free initial consultation.
When you and your former partner separate, you will need to make decisions about the future care of your children. You will need to consider how parental responsibility will be divided, where and with whom the children will live, who the children will spend time and communicate with as well as many other matters. These decisions can be the most important of your life. Wilson Law can assist you with negotiating the parenting arrangements to ensure that you and your former partner arrive at an agreement that is the best possible one for your circumstances and which causes minimal disruption to your children’s lives.
There are also many other aspects to children’s matters which may be affected by the separation and which you may need to consider. These include:
- Negotiating parenting plans and obtaining consent orders
- Obtaining parenting orders from the Court
- Child relocation, abduction and recovery
- Child support agreements
- Paternity issues and wrongful child support claims
Working through these issues can be a stressful and an emotionally challenging time, which is why you should come and see our lawyers as they have the knowledge and skill to handle your case with high attention to detail and care.
When separation occurs, spousal maintenance may be required to be paid from one partner to another if they cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their own income or assets. This obligation may continue well beyond the finalisation of a divorce depending on the circumstances involved. However, there is no automatic right to maintenance and it is not presumed that the husband must pay his wife or vice versa. Maintenance can be payable for both married and de facto couples.
The amount you or your former partner may have to pay or may be entitled to receive is influenced by many factors including:
- The income of each party and their ability for gainful employment
- The age of and relative health of each party
- The assets and other financial resources of each party
- The financial commitments of each party including child care and maintenance
- Any benefits, pensions or other allowances a party may be receiving
- The standard of living for each party
Even though maintenance payments may be required for quite a long time the intention is that they are temporary. The goal is for the financially disadvantaged party to eventually be able to support themselves.
Understanding and enforcing your maintenance rights and obligations can be complicated and requires the input of an expert family lawyer as soon as possible after the relationship has broken down. Our goal is to protect your interests as we guide you through the process of reaching a fair maintenance agreement with your former partner.
Please contact us today to arrange free initial consultation to discuss whether you may be entitled or liable to pay spousal maintenance.
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“Dear Elise, Thank you for your assistance with this matter and for attending to everything so efficiently for my partner and I we greatly appreciate it. We would like to commend you on your team’s courteousness and professionalism – it was always a pleasure to deal with both Charlotte and Bri, please pass on our thanks to them also. We are definitely glad we found Wilson Law and look forward to having you assist us with other matters in the future.”
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We understand this is likely a difficult and confusing time for you, which is why we provide all of our first consultations for free.
Our first meeting gives us the chance to learn about your needs and whether or not we will be able to help you.
Our lawyers are well equipped to assist you with all property/financial, parenting and divorce proceedings. Call or email Wilson Law today for a free initial Brisbane Family Law consultation.
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