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 relationship or marriage 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.
It is important to remember that any application for property division or maintenance must be made as follows:
- for de facto (including same sex) couples – within two (2) years of the date of separation, or
- for married couples – within one (1) year of the date your divorce became final.
An Application for Divorce cannot be filed until after the parties have been separated for one (1) year. This can include periods of time that you were separated but remained living under the same roof as your former partner (for more information click here).
Our team of experienced family lawyers at Marino Law can assist you in all aspects of the marriage separation process.
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.
To find out more about what we can offer, visit our areas of law pages or contact our Gold Coast family law solicitors for a consultation.