Mediation is Essential
The splitting parents must consider what is best for their children and try to amicably resolve all disputes regarding their care. The parents should maintain communication with each other and if mutual negotiations fail, they should try third-party mediation or counselling to arrive at an amicable solution. In fact, it is mandatory to take recourse to Family Dispute resolution (mediation) before you can go to court about your children, unless there are exceptional issues like family violence or if there is an emergency in the case.
Child Support and Maintenance
Both partners should consult and agree on how to continue to fund their children’s living and schooling expenses after the separation. This funding by one parent to the ex-partner is called Child Support or maintenance. An official agency known as the Child Support Agency (CSA) calculates how much child support is required and needs to be paid by considering factors like the number of children, their age, parents’ income, and the care provided by each parent for their children. The CSA also steps in and helps with the collection of child support payments if required
Child Support for children over 18 years is called maintenance.
Child Support Agreement
This agreement stipulates in writing the essentials of the child support financing such as the amount of payment, frequency and method of disbursement. The parents should exercise great caution and not treat this agreement lightly.
It is advisable to get independent legal help before signing any child support agreement.
How to Settle Property Matters
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Property issues are settled by the same laws for both marriages and defacto relationships. Property is defined as the assets owned solely or jointly by the partners. These assets include cash, investments, personal property like furniture, cars and the like, inheritances, gifts received, redundancy payouts and assets owned before the marriage or relationship.
How the Court Divides Property
The Court does not follow any general rule or formula to divide the property. It is not required to evenly split the assets between the partners. The Court will consider a range of aspects, including but not limited to: the length of the partnership, and the contributions of each partner during the relationship The Court will also consider support for the child, the health and age of the partners and each party’s capacity to earn income in the future.
It is advisable to engage a lawyer to settle property matters.
Aaron Legal can provide legal advice and assistance, case preparation, and services assisting in commonwealth family law affairs, including child support situations. If you are expected to be implicated in legal action or court proceedings, you should seek family legal advice as soon as possible.
How to Get a Divorce
The first step is to separate from your partner and for this you do not need do anything or sign any document. After at least 12 months of separation, you can initiate divorce proceedings, we will, on your behalf, apply for divorce at the Family Law Courts Registry. The requirement of 12 months of separation is mandatory and you cannot file for divorce without meeting this condition. You can utilise the separation period to resolve issues regarding your children and property with your partner. If property matters are not settled even after you get divorced, then you must initiate legal proceedings to settle the property issues within 12 months of getting the divorce