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If you are about to separate or are separated and have any questions about family and relationship law, our initial consultation is the first port of call.
We offer a free 30-minute initial consultation where you have the opportunity to speak with a senior Family Lawyer.
During your free initial consultation, we would like to hear from you about the matters which are worrying you and where you need our help. We then have the opportunity to discuss your options, the pathway for your particular matter and answer any questions you may have about the family law process. It is our aim that you leave this consultation understanding your pathway and costs to resolution and having built rapport with the Ramsden Family Law Team
Applying for a divorce is an important matter to attend to as this affects your time limits in family law matters and your estate planning matters.
You are eligible to apply for a divorce after you have been separated for at least 12 months and your marriage has brown down irretrievably. In certain instances, you may need Affidavit evidence or a Court appearance in order to have your divorce Application considered by the Court.
The Ramsden Family Law team are able to assist you with advising, preparing and filing your application for divorce along with the matters which arise as a result of your divorce.
The Ramsden Family Law Team are able to assist you with your queries about parenting matters in circumstances where parties can reach an agreement and where you are unable to reach agreement.
If you are able to reach an agreement, we can advise you about parenting arrangements, parenting plans and consent orders. It is important that you understand the effect and importance of formalising your agreement.
If you are not able to reach an agreement, we can discuss with you to assist you in attending any dispute resolution, filing an Application for parenting orders, including matters which involve high risk, parental conflict, relocation and abduction.
A family law property settlement relates to how an asset pool is to be formally divided following separation or divorce. In some cases, you may have mutually agreed about the division of assets or in other circumstances, you may require court intervention to assist.
If you are able to agree about the division of your property, this settlement agreement must be formalised by way of Consent Orders or a Binding Financial Agreement so that this agreement is enforceable.
If you require assistance with procedural matters such as financial disclosure and valuations ahead of entering into negotiations, we are able to assist you with these steps and facilitate meaningful settlement discussions with a view to resolving your matter by consent.
As a last resort, if there is no agreement in relation to procedural or final matters, we are able to assist you in filing proceedings to progress your property matter.
In 2017, the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) was amended to include same sex couples and allow for these parties to have the same entitlements under the law as non-same sex couples.
During de facto and same sex relationships, parties may require assistance in relation to children matters including those children born as a result of surrogacy, IVF and adoption.
Following the breakdown of a de facto or same sex relationship, the same rights with respect to property settlement, parenting, spousal maintenance and child support apply to you as they apply to a married couple. As there is a time limitation to apply for property settlement and spousal maintenance matters of 2 years after separation, it is important to seek advice at the earliest opportunity.
At Ramsden Family Law, our preferred manner to resolve a matter is via dispute resolution outside of Court. There are numerous dispute resolution methods available to parties including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and collaboration. Damira Hidic who is the Partner of our Gold Coast Ramsden Family Law Team is a Collaboratively Trained Family Lawyer and is available to assist you to resolve your matter without Court intervention.
If you are not able to reach agreement during dispute resolution, it is important to seek legal advice before filing proceedings to ensure you do this correctly. We are ready and able to assist you in filing and attending hearings ensuring you are confident in your representation. If you are able to settle throughout proceedings, we can assist you in formalising this agreement
Domestic violence is, most unfortunately, prevalent in our society, especially following the breakdown of a relationship or marriage. Domestic violence can include physical abuse, damage to property, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, harassment or the threat of any of these behaviours.
It is important in these circumstances that you seek protection by way of a domestic violence order, also known as a protection order which prohibits a person from these behaviours. If this order is breached, criminal punishments apply.
If you have immediate concerns about the safety of yourself or your child/ren, please contact 000.
If you require assistance or advice in relation to domestic violence, we have a specialised domestic violence lawyer in our Ramsden Family Law Team and invite you to contact us.
Family Law matters typically require a high level of integration with other areas of law. At Ramsden Family Lawyers we are able to rely on our Commercial, Property, Migration and Litigation teams when facilitating your matter from the outset to full and final settlement (including assisting with the implementation of Orders once they are finalised).
Levels 5 , Corporate Centre One
2 Corporate Court, Bundall QLD 4217
Phone: 07 5592 1921
Fax: 07 5592 1222
Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Monday through Friday)