What is Family Law?
So what is Family Law? When relationships go wrong, there can be legal issues that need to be sorted out. That may be the need to divide property or could extend to sorting out what are the arrangements for the children. Family Law matters can include:
- Family Law Property Settlements
- Family Law Children’s disputes
- Child Support
- Financial Agreements including “pre-nuptial” agreements
- Family Violence Orders (see right)
- Spousal Maintenance
- Advice and representation before, during and after marriage/defacto relationships
At OFRM we can work with you to guide and represent you getting the Family Law Settelement that you should. This can include:
- Providing initial advice to you so you not only know what are your rights but also the best way of achieving the right result (see Family Law Initial Interview)
- Advising you as negotations are conducted
- Conducting negotiations on your behalf
- Representing you as your matter is litigated in court
Still have questions?
Call us on 03 5445 1000 or visit our Family Law FAQ where many common questions are answered.
Our Family Law Team
At OFRM we have Bendigo’s biggest and most experienced family law team, ensuring that we are always available to advise you and that you can have the right lawyer for your matter. All our family lawyers are members of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Recent Family Law Articles
Returning to your "maiden name" after a separation is not unusual and can
Changes have been proposed to protect cross-examination by alleged perpetrators in Family Court proceedings.
Marriage inequality has an effect under Family Law although many other areas of law don't make the same distinctions.
Agreements which appear imbalanced at first sight will likely need quality supporting documentation for a judge to approve the agreement.
An Application for a Location Order is one option when a child has been removed by the other parent and cannot be located.
In family law matters involving children, mediation is an essential step towards quick resolution.
Household contents and personal items are often of such little resale value that even getting a formal valuation may not be worth the cost.
In some cases Family Courts will rule that one person has wilfully acted to reduce the value of share property in advance of a property settlement.
A trip to court is not always a given for family law matters. Here are 10 questions to work through with your lawyer before you get that far.
Money contributed to a relationship from outside can be more likely be treated as a gift than a loan by the Family Court.