MARRIED, DE FACTO AND SAME-SEX COUPLES

We can provide advice to all separated parties in relation to their family law matters including parenting, property, divorce and family violence matters. We can assist parties that are married, in a de facto relationship and/or a same sex couples or identify as LGBTQ that are either married or in a de facto relationship. 

De facto couples are defined as parties who have resided together for two years, or have a child or have purchased a property together. There are other factors that are considered under the Family Law Act and we suggest that you contact us to obtain legal advice.

In relation to marriage, there is no time limitation when you can separate but if you are married less than two years and you wish to make and Application for a Divorce then you will need to attend counselling. 

We suggest that all separated married, de facto couples including same same sex couples or identify as LGBTQ should seek legal advice in relation to the children, including step children or adopted children. We can provide you with legal advice and discuss what will be in your children’s best interests and how to finalise those arrangements, including alternate options such as family dispute resolution or mediation, which can include solicitor assisted mediation.

We also suggest that you seek legal advice in relation to property matters when you separate to ensure you understand your entitlements under the Family Law Act and understand the process, including reaching an agreement by alternate options such as family dispute resolution or mediation, which can include solicitor assisted mediation. 

We offer alternate fixed fees for clients seeking transparency with their legal costs. We also offer hourly rates and can assist eligible clients with Legal Aid grants.