Hiring a good family lawyer is imperative when you are dealing with family cases in court. The stress of separation, splitting assets, and child custody often causes extreme arguments and distaste for the other party. A family lawyer will communicate on your behalf with the other party.
Going through a divorce or separation with children is heavily emotional. An experienced lawyer has the knowledge to present your case to your benefit. The other party may be making false claims and asking for unrealistic demands. A family lawyer is well-versed in the law. They will know if the claims of the other party are realistic and how the judge typically rules. Family lawyers will anticipate potential issues and how to solve them. They will make fair demands on your behalf, to reach the best possible outcome.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement on child custody, such as where the children will live and when the children will visit each party, then it is typically required for the parties to go through mediation. The mediation process tries to help the parties come to a resolution before court. Experienced family lawyers will advise you on what you should seek for an agreement and what will be the most likely outcome. A family lawyer will help you navigate this process and if an agreement is not reached, will continue to assist you in the court process.
Divorce and Separation
Divorce legally finalises a marriage after separation. An experienced family lawyer in Adelaide will assist you on finalising your divorce with your best interests in mind. In Australia, the Family Law Act of 1975 operates under a “No-Fault” principle. The “No-Fault” principle means that in the court, no one has to prove who is at fault for the marriage failing. You are required to be separated for a period of 12 months before the divorce can be finalised.
Property and Asset Settlement
Have you heard threats from your ex-spouse such as “You will not get any money” or “You will not get the house”? A family lawyer will protect you. You may feel the need to succumb to their demands so you do not risk another threat becoming reality such as them taking your children. A family lawyer will tell you if these threats are plausible or empty. They will mediate the conversation, protecting you from verbal abuse. More importantly, a family lawyer will work to protect your assets and know how to advocate on your behalf to the judge.