Family and Defacto Relationship Law
Wills & Estates
Separating from a spouse or de facto partner brings with it many issues to consider and deal with. If you have separated, or separation seems likely, our experienced Noosa family law solicitor can provide you with useful legal advice that will help you understand your legal position and stand you in good stead as you embark upon the process of finalising legal matters through some form of family dispute resolution.
Whilst not every marriage or relationship breakdown will involve all potential issues, the most common issues which could be relevant include:
Whilst for married couples it is not possible to apply to the court for a divorce until they have been separated for 12 months, it is often appropriate and beneficial for separated couples (both married and de facto – including same sex couples) to start to deal with family law matters sooner rather than later. For former de facto partners, it is critical that they formally resolve their financial affairs within two years of the date upon which they separated. This is the time limit for de facto partners to commence court proceedings for the division of the relationship assets, liabilities and financial resources.
Seeking early advice from our family law solicitor will reduce the risk of you being caught “on the back foot” if your spouse or former partner happens to obtain early advice themselves. With a general understanding of your legal rights, obligations and entitlements, you will be better placed to make informed decisions and cope with the stress of the situation you are dealing with. We will be there to guide and support you, and to ensure that your interests are protected.
Lindsay Woods has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law since 1997. He is a very experienced family lawyer on the Sunshine Coast and can help you if you have separated or are planning to separate. To find out more about our services, or to find out where you stand, call us now to arrange an appointment with Lindsay, or submit your enquiry online here.