What are the benefits of using family law solicitors?

Relationships are the foundation of society. We are social animals. Yet the need for family law solicitors is telling.

We live in stressful times. Work can be overwhelming. It can so quickly take on the characteristics of a runaway train. And raising a family is no less complicated. Finding suitable schools. Dealing with peer pressures and NAPLAN testing. Then cyber bullying rears its ugly head. It’s always something.

No wonder couples on the Central Coast, like everywhere else, find themselves in need of good family law solicitors.

What do family law solicitors do?

Assisting you with negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution is an important role for family law solicitors. It can help in many ways. But when a couple decides that separation is the way forward, it becomes a priority to make it amenable to both parties.

At Ryan & Seton Lawyers, we are well qualified and ready to help with any from a long list of family law matters. These are not limited to, but include:

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Legal separation issues
  • Divorce
  • Annulment of marriages
  • Property settlements
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Domestic and family violence and apprehended violence orders (AVOs)
  • Parenting arrangements including who the child lives with (previously known as custody) and who the child spends time with (previously known as visitation)
  • Parenting Plans
  • Parental rights, father’s rights and grandparent’s rights
  • Guardianship of children
  • Child support and enforcement of payments
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Legal representation in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court

How does family law work?

As soon as you separate, you and your ex-partner can make arrangements to divide assets and debts. You don’t need to wait until you’re divorced. And you don’t have to go to Court.

Your lawyer can draw up the documents to settle the financial break up and get the legal process underway.

In cases where ex-partners don’t agree, advice on rights, obligations and options is offered to help progress the matter. Established processes are in place to handle disagreements over property settlement.

The Court will need to be satisfied genuine attempts were made to reach an agreement, including dispute resolution. Failing this, an application seeking property orders is filed with the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court (within 12 months of the divorce becoming final or within 2 years of the end of a de facto relationship).

The Court’s decision takes into account the total assets owned by both parties—property, cars, jewellery, furniture, shares, savings, superannuation, etc—including assets brought into and acquired during the relationship, as well as those purchased after separation.

The Court also weighs up the contributions made by both parties—financial, non-financial, homemaking and parenting. The Court then considers other factors including the future needs of both parties—factors such as the capacity to earn money and parental responsibilities.

Finally, based on what it considers just and equitable to both parties, the Court’s decision will be legally binding.

 Who do I talk to?

In the Central Coast area, Ryan & Seton Lawyers is a firm with considerable expertise in family law. Talk to them today. You will find them to be experienced negotiators who can get you the best possible outcome.

For more information on what to do during a divorce, read our previous blog post.

The above is not intended as legal advice. You should obtain legal advice in relation to your own specific circumstances.

Article by Michael Seton

Michael Seton Michael Seton – Solicitor Director

Accredited Specialist – Family Law

Michael Seton graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology). Thereafter he began practicing law, to then continue his higher learning by completing his Master of Laws and establish Ryan & Seton Lawyers with Tony.



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