Family & De Facto Law

At Clifton Legal we understand that the breakdown of your marriage or a de facto relationship can be one of the most difficult episodes in your life.  It is a very emotional and traumatic experience.  The emotion and trauma can often hinder the negotiation of an equitable settlement of family property or arrangements in relation to the children of the relationship.  At these times, when emotions are running high, it is extremely important to have a supportive and knowledgeable lawyer by your side who can provide proper advice and guidance with objectivity.

 

The lawyers at Clifton Legal will take the time to listen to you and give you a clear understanding of your rights and obligations.  We will be accessible to you when you most need it and fully explain the process and procedure to ensure a proper and timely conclusion to your matter.  We understand the importance of an early resolution and may suggest mediation or conciliation to assist in the finalisation.  Resolution of your matter by a court is not always the best alternative however if court intervention is required, we are able to arrange psychologists and counsellors in relation to children’s’ issues and accountants and valuers in relation to property matters where required, as well as appear in court on your behalf.

 

We can assist you with the preparation of applications for divorce, applications for child support, applications for consent orders and other applications before the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court.  We can also assist with the preparation of financial agreements, including separation and pre-nuptial agreements.

 

At each step of the way we will explain to you the procedures involved and keep you regularly informed of the progress of your matter and provide estimates of the costs involved.

 

The family law team at Clifton Legal will provide expert assistance in the following areas of family and de facto law:

  • Parenting plans and orders.
  • Residence and Contact issues involving children.
  • Dissolution of marriage (divorce), property settlements and binding financial agreements including pre-nuptial and co-habitation agreements.
  • Child support and maintenance:
  • Child support agreements, reviews and applications:
  • De facto and cohabitation agreements
  • Enforcement of agreements and court orders.
  • Spousal maintenance applications.
  • Paternity disputes.
  • Child abduction.
  • Relocation of children.
  • Restraining orders to preserve assets and for personal protection.
  • Application for sole occupation of matrimonial home.

 

Contact David Clifton or Scott Waterson

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