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The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions may have prevented us from being able to do many things, however updating your parenting orders to reflect your current situation is not one of them.

On 25 August 2021, the proposed pet by-laws were officially legislated as part of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (SSMA Act) making the keeping of pets in strata schemes a whole lot easier for animal-lovers.

My former partner lives in one of the LGA’s of concern, do I still have to facilitate our parenting arrangement?

Take a look at Leona’s update on mediation. Even with restrictions, matters are moving forward.
Remember, if you have any questions regarding your circumstances, please get in touch with us on 9523 5535.

COVID-19 has had a far-reaching effect on all corners of Australian society, and this current lockdown in the Greater Sydney area has once again resulted in the substantial loss of jobs and/or a significant reduction in income for some people. However, does a reduction in income or loss of employment mean that you are no longer liable to pay your Child Support obligations? The answer to this depends on how your Child Support obligations have been documented.

What to expect from your first meeting?

Going through a separation can be one of the most challenging times a person will experience.

It’s the start of a new chapter that often brings much uncertainty. Speaking with a lawyer as early as possible will allow you to become aware of how the law applies to your situation and make informed decisions. Every matter is different, and each person’s circumstances vary, there is no “one size fits all” solution to Family Law. Therefore getting correct advice that considers your history, your current situation and your future needs is imperative.

If you have decided to take the first step and seek advice from a family lawyer, we understand the process may feel daunting. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the first meeting you have with your family lawyer.

Come prepared

Come prepared to learn. We will provide you with a lot of information. Bring a notepad or a support person if you think they will help you remember. Try to be ready to tell us your story, what you want and don’t want, and how you’d like to move forward. However, also know that it is ok to not be sure. It is often a difficult time and that is where we can help you find some clarity.

Be organised

At the first meeting, your lawyer will ask you a series of questions and those questions will include trying to obtain a comprehensive list of the assets, liabilities and superannuation held by you and your partner both jointly and individually along with the estimated value of those things.  If you come prepared with as much information as possible you will get maximum value from your meeting. Click here for a checklist of documents to bring to your initial meeting.

Bring a list of questions

People are often overwhelmed with information and emotions during our first meeting that they forget the questions they had in mind to ask us. It’s a good idea to compile a list of specific questions that you want answered. Some questions you might like to ask are:

  • What are the steps in reaching an amicable resolution?
  • What should I do if ‘X’ or ‘Y’ happens?
  • Will I have to sell my house?
  • What is your experience in this area?
  • What will happen with our kids?
  • What happens if my partner doesn’t return our kids to me?
  • What is a timeframe for resolution?
  • What costs are involved?
  • What options are available to me?
Have an open mind

Often the options we suggest to you may be different to the ideas you may have considered. Have an open mind and try and consider all of the various resolution pathways that we propose. However, also remember, all solicitors must act on our client’s instructions. Our job is to advise you about your options and the effect of different courses of action. Your job is to tell us what path you wish to take.

Try not to be overwhelmed. Lean on us

We may not be able to solve all of your problems in the first meeting, but we will get you on the right track and provide you with a clear path towards resolving your matter as amicably and quickly as possible. We are here to help and provide the support you need. If you would like a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your situation, please call our Family Law team on 9523 5535.

Separation can be an emotionally and financially draining time for both parties and the family as a whole. We look at what your entitlements may be when you separate.

It can often be a hectic time getting children ready to return to school. We’ve put together some tips for separated parents to prepare them for the back to school rush.

Moving out is a difficult task at the best of times. Leaving the matrimonial home following a separation can often bring added difficulties because the move is usually unplanned, and emotionally driven. Often the priority is leaving a relationship that has broken down rather than considering the practicality of moving out. Here are some to factors to consider when moving out following separation.

Inevitably, separation involves one party moving out of the matrimonial home. When doing so, it may be impractical for the moving party to take all of their items with them. So what are your options if your ex has moved out and left there stuff?