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IT’S Not Easy.....

Separation is always a difficult time in a person’s life. Perhaps you have been having problems in your relationship, and discussing those problems with a trusted friend or family member. You might be at a point where you are now considering getting legal advice.

Get Legal Help Early

Too often people stick their head in the sand and wait until there is a crisis before they decide to take action. So if you are considering getting legal advice before you make the decision to separate, congratulations – this shows you are being proactive and trying to take control of the situation before it takes control of you.

Whether you decide to separate or not, it is always a good idea to know your rights, your options, and where you stand if you or your partner does ultimately decide to end the relationship.

11 Benefits of Getting Legal Advice Early

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You may not have been through a separation before. You may not know where you stand, where to start or what to do. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by the situation. Speaking to an experienced family lawyer is often the first step to get clarity about your rights, your options, and what to do next.

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Seeing a lawyer doesn’t mean you’re about to start World War III. Getting legal advice early can help you make informed decisions about your separation.

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Getting legal advice can give you clarity about the law and the legal process, and improve your chances of avoiding a stressful and expensive Family Court battle.

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If you and your partner are amicable, then an experienced family lawyer can advise you about your options for making an agreement.

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If you and your partner are not so amicable, then an experienced family lawyer can advise you about the various options available to you for resolving the matter.

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A family lawyer can also help prepare you if you do need to go to court as a last resort.

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Sitting down with a lawyer for an initial meeting will give you important information such as:

  • What a fair division of the assets of the relationship looks like, how much you should get, and how much your partner should get.
  • How parenting arrangements for children under 18 are determined, and how much time you and your partner should be spending with your children.
  • The process for making an agreement with your partner legally binding.

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Sitting down with a lawyer can also help answer questions you might have, such as:

  • How do I divide superannuation interests?
  • Who gets to live in the family home after separation?
  • If my child gets sick, who makes the decisions regarding medical care?
  • What do I have to do if I want to take my child overseas?
  • What are my options when it comes to child support?
  • How much time should my kids be spending with me and my partner?
  • Do we need to sell the family home or can one of us buy the other out?
  • Who pays the mortgage?
  • If my partner and I cannot reach an agreement, how do we resolve our family law issues?

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If you reach an agreement with your ex-partner, a family lawyer can help you prepare that agreement and also make sure that it covers all the issues that you and your ex-partner may not have considered, such as:

  • How the money in joint accounts is to be divided?
  • If one person is buying the other person out, what happens if they cannot obtain finance approval?
  • If there are personal loans and credit card debts, who is responsible for the repayments?
  • How to effectively deal with business interests, such as organising a transfer of shares, organising the resignation by one person as director and employee, whether a family trust needs to be restructured, and whether a fair market value has been attributed to the business?

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Once everything has been covered properly in the agreement, we can help you complete the legal paperwork and draft the necessary terms to make sure the agreement is both accurate and protects your interests.

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We can then communicate with your former partner to have the documents finalised, or advise you on how to communicate effectively with your former partner yourself.

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What To Do NEXT

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Find Out More

Download Our Ebook to understand more about what some who is separating should be aware of.

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Call Us For Free Initial Discussion

Once you are ready, call us to have an initial free discussion.

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Meet With A Lawyer

Have a meeting with a family lawyer to find out where you stand and discuss the next steps.

You Are In Experienced Hands

Jeff Hewitt is head of MKI Legal’s family law team. Jeff is a senior family lawyer with over 15 years’ experience.

Jeff practises exclusively in family law, and has extensive experience in property and financial matters, parenting and childern’s matters, de factor property matters, family law matters affecting same sex couples, superannuation splitting, spousal maintenance, divorce, child support, child support agreements, binding financial agreements, and consent orders.

Jeff is an experienced nefotiator who takes great pride in resolving disputes and keeping people out of court as much as possible.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, reading, meditation, and supporting his beloved footy team.

Jeff is a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia.

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