There are a number of issues which people often ask for advice about in relation to family law. The major issues which appear to dominate the concerns of people asking about family law issues are what entitlements they might have if their relationship with their partner if their relationship were to break up or what their rights would be in relation to the custody of their children should their relationship break up. The answers to these questions are often not a clear cut as you might think, but we do have specialist lawyers available who can offer advice about family law issues. We understand that these issues can be very personal and that it can be a great comfort to know that everything that you divulge to a lawyer is kept confidential because of the notion of legal professional privilege. Many people understandably do not know that everything that is said to a lawyer for the purpose of obtaining legal advice is confidential and that the lawyer must not reveal this unless the lawyer is authorized to disclose this by their client.
In relation to property, there are quite a few different factors which a property settlement can depend on. Since March 2009, the treatment of defacto couples and marriage couples in a breakup have been treated as the same because of reforms to the family law legislation. Courts calculate the basis of division of property based on the asset of the relationship, the contributions to the relationship by the parties, the future needs of the parties and any just and equitable considerations in relation the settlement. In relation to children, at the most basic level the paramount consideration is the welfare of children in relation to the parenting orders which are to be made by a court under the authority given to it by the court. If you require any family law advice, please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the available contact methods on this site.