If you are married, despite common misconceptions, you do not have to wait until you divorce to commence property proceedings if you have finally separated from your significant other. Similarly, if you are in a de facto relationship and you separate, there is no minimum time you do not have to wait to sort matters out.
A Financial Agreement is a contract between a couple as to how assets and resources will be divided should they separate. It can be made before, during or after a de facto relationship or a marriage. It is important to note there are some specific requirements for de facto and same sex couples in Western Australia.
When international family and relationship breakdowns occur, it can rapidly create a complex situation, especially when it involves children and assets across different countries and legal systems. O’Sullivan Davies have the knowledge, experience and international contacts to advise and represent you if this happens.
Mediation, also known as Family Dispute Resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution, helps resolve issues, and create and formalise agreements, when there are disputes relating to parenting, property, separation and divorce. A suitably qualified mediator, helps each party identify needs and facilitates a discussion to create an acceptable resolution for all parties. It can also be very cost effective.
The breakdown of a relationship a may not be just the typical ‘family law’ matter we deal with – the breakdown can also create serious estate planning issues.
O’Sullivan Davies is one of Australia’s leading legal firms specialising in Family Law. Our practice was established in the year 2000 to create a culture that fully supports clients with the very best Family Law guidance and resolution processes, as well as robust legal representation. We help our clients resolve matters meaningfully and as quickly as circumstances allow.
How to prove the end of a marital relationship? Our Perth Divorce Lawyers can assist.