If you have separated or are planning on separating, our experienced team of Gold Coast divorce lawyers can provide you with practical and helpful advice about your legal rights, obligations and entitlements that relate to any family law matters arising out of your separation.
Family law matters that are likely to arise out of a separation, are as follows:-
- parenting – the parenting arrangements of any children of the relationship
- property – the division of any assets, liabilities and financial resources of the relationship
- maintenance – the payment of ongoing financial support by one party to the other
- child support – the payment of ongoing financial support of a child of the relationship
- family violence – the protection of one party from another that is committing acts of family violence
You do not need to be separated for any particular length of time in order to finalise the settlement of any family law matters arising out of your separation. In fact, it may be beneficial to meet with a family lawyer soon after separation in order to progress your matter in a timely and cost effective fashion, avoiding complications and minimising the impact on your life, children and finances.
Our family law lawyers offer extensive experience in solving issues for clients in the most efficient manner possible. We understand that resolving disputes can be stressful, time consuming and expensive. Our experience shows that success in resolving a family law dispute depends on early intervention and clear dispute resolution or litigation planning. With a strong strategy in place, we work with you to resolve the dispute efficiently, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome.
Our team of family law solicitors successfully resolve disputes, if possible, before they become litigious, by implementing the dispute management strategy that best achieves your objectives while recognising the economic and emotional realities.
Where litigation is unavoidable, our team has the resources to successfully resolve potentially expensive and protracted family law disputes.
We take the time needed to fully understand our clients’ legal position and diligently seek favourable outcomes.
We offer practical and timely advice that has helped Marino Law build a strong reputation in Queensland’s legal profession.
Marino Law has been named as a Leading Gold Coast Family and Divorce law firm for 2019 by the prestigious Doyles Guide for the second year running. Family Law partner Abbi Golightly has also been named by Doyles as a Recommended lawyer for Gold Coast Family and Divorce in 2019 for the fourth year in a row.
Abbi Golightly is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Specialist Accreditation acknowledges an additional course of study and the achievement of a high level of practical skill and knowledge in the area of expertise.
Our team of experienced family lawyers at Marino Law can provide assistance for a range of matters relating to family law, including:
If you have separated or are planning on separating, our experienced team of family lawyers can provide you with practical and helpful advice about your legal rights, obligations and entitlements that relate to any family law matters arising out of your separation.
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Applying to the Court
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