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Family Law

 

The end of a marriage or de facto relationship is an extremely difficult time, and especially when there is children and/or joint property involved.

We can take some of the stress away by assisting you to undertake the legal matters involved in a relationship breakdown, including applying for a divorce, and negotiating and finalising both children and property agreements/orders.


APPLICATION FOR DIVORCE / RESPONSE TO APPLICATION

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If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, and it has been at least 12 months since the date of separation, you can proceed to apply for a divorce in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Alternatively you might have received an application for divorce from your estranged spouse. We can assist you to prepare your response and/or appear on your behalf at the Divorce Hearing.

If you intend to apply for a divorce, Ardent Lawyers can assist you to complete the relevant application form, arrange for service on your spouse and attend the Divorce Hearing on your behalf.

We offer a fixed fee for representation in local divorce proceedings. Contact us on (02) 4444 6808 or contact@ardentlawyers.com.au to obtain our fixed fee pricing.

For more information, we recommend you visit the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's website on separation and divorce.


PARENTING PLAN / ORDERS

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If you have a child or children and your relationship has irretrievably broken down, you may find it difficult to communicate with your ex-partner to communicate and negotiate living arrangements and other important factors to consider in your children's lives moving forward.

Ardent Lawyers can assist you to negotiate a parenting plan which can be filed with the Court to formalise the arrangement between you and your ex-partner. This is called parenting orders by consent. This agreement is separate from a divorce application, if one is required.

Ardent Lawyers can assist you and attend a mediation with your ex-partner to attempt to negogiate an agreement to avoid the expense and added stress in having to commence proceedings in Court.

If we are unable to negotiate and agree to a parenting plan, Ardent Lawyers can represent you in family law proceedings so that a final decision regarding your child/children's living arrangements can be obtained. This is called parenting orders. For more information about Court orders, visit the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's website section on court orders.

If you require assistance with a parenting plan after separating from your ex-partner, contact us on (02) 4444 6808 or contact@ardentlawyers.com.au to obtain legal advice in relation to your specific circumstances.

For more information, we recommend you visit the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's website section on parenting.


FINANCIAL AGREEMENT / ORDERS

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If you own assets (such as a home or joint savings) and/or have debt (such as a mortgage or car loan) and your relationship has irretrievably broken down, you may find it difficult to communicate with your ex-partner to come to an agreement as to the division of property and/or debt.

Ardent Lawyers can assist you to attempt to negotiate a financial agreement which can be filed with the Court to formalise the arrangement between you and your ex-partner. This agreement is separate from a divorce application, if one is required.

Ardent Lawyers can assist you and attend a mediation with your ex-partner to attempt to negotiate an agreement to avoid the expense and added stress in having to commence proceedings in Court.

If we are unable to negotiate and agree to a financial agreement with your ex-partner, Ardent Lawyers can represent you in family law proceedings so that a final decision regarding your finances can be obtained from the Court. For more information about court orders, visit the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's website section on court orders.

If you require assistance to negotiate a financial agreement after separating from your ex-partner, or simply need some advice on where you stand, contact us on (02) 4444 6808 or contact@ardentlawyers.com.au to obtain legal advice in relation to your specific circumstances.

For more information, we recommend you visit the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's website section on property and finance matters.