Family law solicitors in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
Family law is one of the most important branches of the legal sector and it encompasses a wide area of law ranging from divorce to adoption to property settlements.As the name suggests, family law is mostly concerned with disputes and other matters within families and domestic relationships and actively works to settle disagreements between parties in a time efficient and cost effective way.
Protect your assets with financial family law support
Whether you are a de-facto or married couple, our team of highly experienced lawyers at Alan Rigas solicitors can help you to protect your financial assets at all stages of a relationship.
Our family law solicitors can help you to protect your assets by creating binding financial agreements with your partner prior to, during or after separation. By creating a binding financial agreement you will be creating a legal contract that deals with the following matters:
● How all or any of the property or financial resources of either or both of the parties at the time of the agreement or before or after the dissolution of marriage/relationship is to be dealt with as a result of a relationship/marriage breakdown; ● The maintenance of either party during marriage/relationship and/or after the dissolution of marriage/relationship;● Any other incidental or ancillary matters to those above – for example, matters that have sufficient connection with the subject of property division or spousal maintenance during marriage and/or after dissolution.
Our family law solicitors in Sydney
Our team of experienced family lawyers at Alan Rigas Solicitors are conveniently located in Parramatta, right next to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and will be by your side and ready to assist you at all times.
Our family law services
Our lawyers at Alan Rigas have several Family Law specialities including:● Divorce and Separation● Property Settlements● Child Custody Arrangements● Binding Financial Agreements ● Family Dispute Resolution ● Adoption ● Domestic Family Violence
What is a family lawyer?
A Family Lawyer is a solicitor who specialises and has broad experience in dealing with Family Law matters in addition to knowledge on all other areas of law. Our team at Alan Rigas Solicitors are highly trained in dealing with Family Law matters and are able to assist you with all of your Family law needs.
When should I contact A family lawyer?
If you are planning on starting any legal proceeding, or have recently been served with Court documents, it is advised to get in contact with a Family Lawyer as soon as possible, so that you have the best possible means at your disposal to achieve the outcome that you desire.
Getting in contact with a lawyer early will mean that you and your lawyer will have sufficient time to prepare for your matter and provide necessary evidence to the court if need be.
Why is family law important
Family Law is highly important to the legal system as it provides a way for parties in domestic relationships to resolve their disputes in the event they cannot come to an agreement.
Family law enshrines your rights when you enter into a relationship and ensures that all factors are taken into account when a court is making a decision regarding your family law matter. Family law means that the outcome is unbiased and fair, and the interests of all the parties are taken into consideration before arriving at any decision.
How soon can you get started?
Our highly experienced team at Alan Rigas Solicitors are able to get started as soon as possible so that you can get the results you want. Following an initial consultation with one of our family lawyers, we will be able to advise you of the options available to you and get to work right away to solve your issues relating to family law.
Do all child arrangements have to be formally approved by the court?
Despite what many people think, child and parenting arrangements do not need to be approved by the court, rather the courts encourage that parents settle their child arrangements between one another and out of court.
There are all sorts of different ways to ensure separated families can make sure that their children have ongoing relationships with both their parents. If you and your former partner agree on the future arrangements for your children, you do not have to go to court. You can make a parenting agreement or obtain ‘consent orders’ for parenting orders approved by a court.
You can have these documents formally drawn up by a solicitor. By doing this, you will have the confidence of knowing your child arrangement agreement has been correctly drafted and witnessed by both parents and you are able to save on costs by not going to court.
My ex-partner and i are arguing about the level of contact with our children. How can we sort this out?
Prior to going to court, parties who cannot come to an agreement in family law disputes are encouraged to settle their matters out of court by using alternative dispute resolution methods. In fact, before commencing a proceeding in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, each party must file a Genuine Steps Certificate outlining the steps they have taken prior to commencing proceedings with the FCFCOA.
An example of family law dispute resolution is ‘mediation’ where parties to a dispute discuss their issues with a professional mediator, who is a neutral third party and can assist with negotiations. The role of the mediator is to ensure that the parties to the dispute settle their issues by facilitating and encouraging compromise and by offering genuine solutions. By using this process, parties will save a large amount of money and time by not going to court.
If both parties to a child arrangement cannot come to an agreement regarding the terms of the arrangement out of court, a court is able to make legally binding order which both parties must follow. The court’s priority in this matter will be the best interest of the child and a parenting order will deal with one or more of the following:
● who a child will live with● how much time the child will spend with each parent and with other people, such as grandparents● the allocation of parental responsibility● how the child will communicate with a parent they do not live with, or other people● any other aspect of the care, welfare or development of the child.
The material included in this article is designed and intended to provide general information in summary on various Family Law topics in Australia, which are current at the time of publication, for general informational purposes only.
The contents do not constitute legal advice and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.
Separation and other family law issues can be overwhelming for some. A solicitor can assist and guide you to meet the legal requirements of tackling these issues
Contact our office to speak with one of our experienced family solicitors who can help guide you through the process and assist you to get the results you want.
Many divorce applications get knocked back because they are not properly served on the other party. We can help you get it right.
Achieve the best possible orders concerning the residence, contact arrangements and financial support for your children.
In most cases an out of court property settlement will save you time, money and emotional angst.