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Family Lawyers Mackay is a boutique family law firm conveniently located in Mackay, QLD. At Family Lawyers Mackay you will get the skill and expertise available at some of the larger city firms without the inflated fees charged to cover the high city costs. We are a unique, family law focussed firm, so you can be confident we will come to know you as a person and not a number. Our team consists of Australian Family Lawyers who are Accredited Family Lawyers.

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Divorce means formally ending a marriage.

Australia has a “no fault” divorce system (which means that it is not necessary to prove some sort of wrongful action or circumstance to obtain a divorce). Instead, all that needs to be proven is that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In this event, a settlement should be reached to divide the jointly earned assets in a pool such that neither party is disadvantaged.

CHILD SUPPORT

Most of the time, child support is assessed and collected through a Government body known as Child Support, Department of Human Services (formerly known as the Child Support Agency). Often the administrative assessment will not be appropriate to a family’s circumstances, and so further steps need to be taken. This is where a strong representation by a competent family lawyer in Mackay is critical.

Separation and Divorce

Lots of couples separate amicably and can agree on what they wish to happen in relation to a distribution of the asset pool (property settlement) and if there are children, the arrangements which they wish to put in place for the children’s future. For those that cannot, the Family Law Courts are the only solution.

 

De Facto Couples

More stringent definitions of ‘de facto’ mean that couples may unknowingly fall into a relationship without direct consent — something that has legal and financial consequences for the unwary. If you separate, your ex-partner may be able to claim a portion of your assets. Negotiating this settlement can add to the emotional trauma of the actual separation.

Parties will generally have the same rights as a married couple under the Family Law Act.  Find out where you stand by contacting a competent and experienced family lawyer today.

 

Same sex Couples

In the past, same-sex couples have often faced a level of discrimination in legal recognition of their relationships. This significantly affected their financial and parental rights as well as the ability to enforce those rights at law.

The good news for same-sex couples, however, is that this problem is gradually changing. Although same-sex marriages are not yet fully recognised, changes to Commonwealth and States laws are finally giving couples similar rights to those who are in a more traditional married relationship.

Grandparents and Extended Family

With combined experience in family law of over 50 years, Family Lawyers Mackay can guide you through to the other side of separation, divorce, and family law disputes relating to grandparents or other close family members.

The family law recognises your important rights to spend time with and care for your grandchildren or close relatives and this extends to other significant family members. Our lawyers are highly experienced in this field and can offer a range of advice to help you achieve your goals.

SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE

Spousal maintenance is the responsibility that you (or your ex-partner) may have to financially support the other party after separation or divorce. Under Queensland Family Law rules, de facto partners may have no right to maintenance if separation occurred before March 1, 2009. This is not the case if separation occurred after this date. Future needs can be considered when the property pool is divided, however, the family law courts typically require that you endeavor to resolve disputes outside of court. Family Lawyers Mackay can assist with many aspects of dispute resolution. If you cannot agree on common grounds then you can apply to the court for a financial order.

Surrogacy Law QLD

The Surrogacy Act 2010 (Qld) became operative on 1 June 2010 and regulates surrogacy agreements in Queensland. This law permits surrogacy arrangements provided they are not for commercial purposes.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

What is domestic violence and family violence?

Domestic and family violence involves one person in a relationship using violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other party in the relationship. It is normally an ongoing pattern of behavior aimed at controlling the other person through fear.

Avoid the legal consequences and seek representation to avoid complications.

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