Family Law

The breakdown of a relationship can have a significant effect on your life. At a particularly emotional and challenging time you may need to make decisions in relation to a number of issues including separation or divorce, parenting arrangements, child support, spousal maintenance and property settlements.

Paul Alvaro Lawyers can assist you with all of these matters. Our services extend to married couples and domestic partnerships which include de facto and same sex relationships. Our objective is give practical advice and to resolve outstanding issues as smoothly and as quickly as possible to allow you to move on with your life.

If you are married, you must be separated from your spouse for at least 12 months before either spouse can apply for a divorce. However, the law does not require spouses to be divorced in order for a  court order for property settlement to be obtained. Once separated, either spouse can apply for an Order.

It is important to know that an application for property settlement must be made within 12 months of the date of divorce for married couples, or 12 months from the date of separation for domestic partners.

The amount of time each parent spends with their children is understandably a primary concern when a family unit breaks down. When the Court is asked to consider this question, its paramount consideration is always what is in the best interests of the child. So, in order for us to provide you with proper advice about children’s matters, we will need to talk to you about your personal and family circumstances.

The solicitors at Paul Alvaro Lawyers work with a senior consultant who has been working in the field of Family Law for over 25 years. You can be assured of sound and practical advice in a safe and sympathetic environment. We will assist you with personal advice relating to your rights and entitlements, tailored to your specific situation and needs.