Children’s matters

We are highly experienced  in representing parents, grandparents and other interested parties in child matters ranging in levels of complexity. Child matters involve such issues as:

  • Who the children live with
  • What time the children may spend with the other parent (or interested parties)
  • Recovery Orders
  • Overseas Travel
  • Passport Applications

We frequently represent clients in matters where there are issues such as child abuse, family violence, and substance abuse.

Property Settlement

Often parties are unable to agree on how to deal with their assets following separation. In some circumstances, one spouse is uncertain about what the assets belonging to the parties are. We are experienced in all aspects of property settlement issues and can provide you with advice and guidance to assist in resolving the dispute. This includes financial issues which may be necessary before a final settlement can be reached, such as spousal maintenance payments, identification of assets, and the value of the assets to be divided.

Child Support

Child support is financial support for children of a marriage/de facto relationship, which is usually payable by a parent whom children do not live with. The Child Support Agency is administered by the Department of Human Services, and you can apply directly to them for an assessment of child support payable by your former partner. In some circumstances, parties wish to have their own private arrangements. We can assist you in negotiating and documenting these arrangements. In some limited circumstances, you can also apply to the Family Court to deal with child support issues.

Financial Agreements

These are often called prenups. They are often entered into by parties who wish to protect their individual assets prior to entering a de facto relationship or getting married. They can also be entered into by parties following the breakdown of a de facto relationship or marriage. At times, the validity of financial agreements may be challenged in the Family Court. Our lawyers are experienced in preparing these agreements and advising on them, and can also advise you whether it is possible to challenge an existing agreement.

Divorce

Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage. Our team can assist you in obtaining a divorce in a range of circumstances, including where the other party does not agree to be divorced, where there are children under the age of 18, and where the other party is unable to be located or resides overseas.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal Maintenance is financial support that a disadvantaged party may be able to seek from their former spouse/de facto partner. Our team can provide you with advice specific to your circumstances as to whether or not you may be entitled to spousal maintenance.

Mediation

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution which utilises the assistance of a trained, independent mediator. Mediation is an excellent method to resolve disputes between parties. Our lawyers are skilled at representing clients at lawyer-inclusive mediations.  These can be held to resolve child-related matters, financial matters (including child support), or both.

One major benefit of mediation is that it is generally confidential and parties can hold discussions without fear of it being used against them at a later stage if they do not resolve the issues.

Advocacy and Court Representation

Our team are skilled advocates with experience in representing clients in the Family Court of Western Australia in a range of matters covering both property and child matters.

Often it may be prudent to seek the assistance of a Barrister, who will work closely with our team to achieve the best possible outcome in your matter.

Third Party Representation

Unfortunately sometimes relationships break down and this can affect business partners, extended family members and friends. We are skilled in representing those parties affected by the end of another’s relationship.

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