You may be only thinking of separating or have very recently separated. No matter the timing, you are most likely feeling paralysed emotionally and possibly overwhelmed financially about what your future will hold.
In what is probably one of the most difficult times in your life, people who are experiencing a relationship breakdown talk with family, friends and other professionals like doctors, psychologists, accountants, or financial planners to gather information and talk through their options. Others like to obtain immediate and accurate advice from a family lawyer to help them feel in control of their future.
When separating, couples need to work out plans to care for the children, divide assets and property and make ongoing financial arrangements. You may also need to negotiate international issues such as international assets or moving interstate or internationally.
Sometimes couples can make these plans without help. But for many, the emotional stress can make negotiation very difficult.
Whether you’re married, in a de facto relationship or a same sex relationship, you may need legal advice to help empower you with knowledge, so you can make the best decisions for you and your family’s future.
With knowledge of the law and the practical know-how to apply it, your Jones Mitchell family lawyer will work with you to identify the most appropriate approach to resolve your differences quickly – whether it is negotiation or specific alternate dispute resolution approaches such as mediation, arbitration, or early neutral evaluation; or in suitable cases a collaborative law approach. Only if necessary and when all other approaches are exhausted or inappropriate would we use our litigation experience and resources and go to court.
We will listen to your individual situation, and no matter how straight forward or complex, navigate you through the maze of legal requirements of financial agreements, child support agreements, parenting plans, and divorce applications.
If conflict and emotions are high, you may find it more difficult to make important decisions and effectively problem solve. Children are particularly vulnerable and they can experience extreme stress if parents are unable to resolve conflict. During these times, we recommend you see a psychologist or relationships counsellor. Talk to your Jones Mitchell family lawyer if you would like a recommendation.