The division of financial and property assets (or the ‘Settlement’) can be extremely complex, not to mention emotional. Where appropriate, we focus on resolving disputes in a manner which preserves ongoing dealings with your partner especially where children are involved. In most cases this negotiation method results in less financial and emotional hardship.
Certain parents can agree on their own arrangements for financial child support, parenting arrangements, residence, how much time the children can spend with each parent (‘contact’) and where the child will live. Even if your personal negotiations have not faltered, it is beneficial to get legal advice to ensure you know all the elements to consider when finalising the arrangements for your children. Ensuring grandparents and other relatives have visiting rights to the children is one element you may need to consider. It is also useful for many parents to formalise the parenting responsibilities in a Child Support Agreement. These agreements will ensure the parties adhere to their responsibilities in the future.
Collaborative law is an emerging dispute resolution method that involves problem solving negotiations between the parties and lawyers without any court proceedings. The parties work together to achieve an outcome that meets both of the parties needs. Our family lawyers have settled disputes through mediation or collaborative law which greatly reduced the stress, delay and financial costs that would have been experienced in court proceedings. Other possible benefits include: