Marriage breakdowns can be tough on everyone involved. It’s not uncommon for divorces to turn ugly; however, with the help of a divorce lawyer, they don’t have to be. Robson & Oliver Solicitors are divorce lawyers who can help you through the entire process. Contact Robson & Oliver Solicitors today to speak to a lawyer about your situation.
Our solicitors provide legal services across all aspects of divorce law and can provide you with the advice and representation you need to get through this tough time. Whether you’re looking to file for divorce, or you’re already in the middle of a divorce and need help with settlement negotiations, we can help.
You do not need to provide a reason for getting divorced in Australia. All that is required is that you prove the relationship has irretrievably broken down, which can be done by providing evidence that you and your spouse have been separated for at least 12 months with no reasonable likelihood of reconciling.
In situations where both parties agree to the divorce, the process is relatively straightforward. However, if there are disagreements about property division, child custody, or other matters, the process can be more complicated.
After lodging your application, the court will advise you of the date of your first court hearing. This is generally an administrative hearing during which the court will confirm that you have met all the necessary requirements for divorce and will make orders about how your application will proceed. Your divorce order will become final one month and one day after the court grants your divorce.
The divorce process can vary in length, depending on the complexity of your individual situation. Generally, however, the process can be finalised within 12-18 months. This timeframe may be extended if you and your spouse cannot agree on certain aspects of the divorce, such as property division or child custody arrangements.
The cost of getting a divorce can also vary depending on your individual circumstances. If you are able to reach an agreement with your spouse on all aspects of the divorce, then the cost may be relatively low. If you need to go to court to resolve disputes, then the cost will be higher.
You can start the divorce process by filing a divorce petition with the court. The petition must be served on your spouse, who will have 28 days to respond. If your spouse does not respond, you can apply to the court for a ‘default divorce’. If your spouse does respond, you will need to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting before the divorce can proceed.
If you have children, the divorce process can be more complex. You and your spouse will need to reach an agreement on custody and visitation arrangements. If you are unable to reach an agreement, then the court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child.
Divorce can be an overwhelming, complicated and emotionally charged process. It is important to have a trusted divorce lawyer on your side who can provide you with clear and concise advice and guide you through the process to help make it as smooth and stress-free as possible.
If you have any questions about the process or would like to speak with one of our divorce lawyers in Coffs Harbour, please get in touch with Robson & Oliver Solicitors today.