Advice and assistance on a wide range of family law issues
A divorce is the official recognition of the end of a marriage. Often Divorce Applications are very straightforward but sometimes they are not. We can help you with the efficient finalisation of your divorce.
Parenting Arrangements for Children
Whether you have been married, or live together in a de facto relationship (including a same sex relationship), if there are disputes about arrangements for your children these are covered by the Family Law Act.
Enforcement and Contravention of Parenting Orders
If your former partner breaches a parenting order, you can file a contravention application in the court. The Family Court has a process for establishing and enforcing parenting orders.
Relocation of Children
An issue often arising upon divorce or separation is the question of one parent wanting to move with the children to another city, state or country. When the question of relocation is raised, you should obtain legal advice from a specialised family law practitioner.
There are several options available to parents in relation to child support. The Department of Human Services can make an assessment of the amount of child support payable. Alternatively, parents can enter into different types of child support agreements.
Property and Financial Settlements
When you separate, one of the most important questions is how your property, superannuation and financial resources will be divided after the breakdown of your marriage or de facto relationship.
Injunctions and Restraining Orders
It may be necessary to act very quickly in order to protect your property interest before you can reach an agreement with your former partner. Sometimes it is also necessary to obtain an injunction to protect yourself and/or your children or to ensure that existing arrangements are maintained until you resolve parenting matters with your former partner.
Prenuptial and Other Financial Agreements
One way to minimise the risk of disagreement relating to financial matters is by having a Financial Agreement. A Financial Agreement can set out what will happen to your property, liabilities, superannuation and financial resources if you separate.
Spousal Maintenance for Married Couples
If you are unable to financially support yourself adequately after separation, you may be entitled to receive spousal maintenance.
Same Sex Couples
In New South Wales and most of the other states and territories in Australia same sex couples have the same maintenance and property rights as couples who meet the criteria of a de facto relationship.
Advances in artificial and assisted reproductive technology have enabled more and more Australians to access alternative methods to start or expand their family.
Collaborative Law gives you a greater say in how your matter is resolved, and makes room for everyone to reach more rewarding outcomes.
International Client Services
We have extensive experience acting for international clients and expatriate Australians.
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22 November 2019
At Pearson Emerson Meyer we have been using a collaborative model to resolve family law disputes for a number of years. The process allows you the opportunity to move on to the next stage of your life ensuring your integrity and dignity remain intact.
20 September 2019
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2020
We would like to share the Australia chapter that Pearson Emerson Meyer Family Lawyers has written for the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2020.
20 June 2019
Did the High Court finally decide that a sperm donor is a legal parent?
The High Court in its long-awaited decision has found that the sperm donor is a parent but the decision may not be as ground breaking as many had hoped.
13 March 2019
Boy Meets Girl
The Family Law Act contains an exhaustive definition, but because describing human relationships is so inherently difficult, cases frequently come along that test the boundaries. One such was the case of Weldon and Levitt in 2017.
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