Family Law

Dealing with a relationship breakup can be a difficult and overwhelming time for many; it can bring about uncertainty, emotions, and fear.

We understand that while every family matter is unique, everyone just wants the same thing: to move forward. That is why it is important to find a family lawyer who not only knows and understands the law but is also patient and sensitive yet still professional with negotiations and advising clients on such personal matters.

TNS Lawyers’ team of Melbourne CBD family law solicitors specialise in providing high-net-wealth individuals with advice on family law issues. When it comes to finding the best possible solution, it is essential that we consider both the business and tax law implications. In addition, we examine what effect property, trust, and succession laws may have on any agreement or settlement.

Our family lawyers can assist with:

  • Binding financial agreements

    If you are thinking of ending your relationship, entering into marriage or a de facto relationship (i.e. living together), you may want to consider a binding financial agreement (BFA) to manage your property and other assets in the event of a relationship breakdown. Talk to our lawyers about the advantages and disadvantages of a BFA and how you can get one in order.

  • Divorce applications

    The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has the jurisdiction to deal with divorce or the "irretrievable breakdown" of a marriage. Engage a family lawyer to learn more about the paperwork, process, and filing fees involved in a divorce application.

  • Parenting agreements

    Being specialists in family law, we can help you negotiate and develop parenting agreements that clearly define parental responsibility and parenting time while prioritising your child's best interests.

  • Family law litigation

    Generally, litigation is costly, time-consuming, and stressful. Even the Family Law Act recognises these drawbacks and refers disputing parties first to alternative family dispute resolution processes like mediation.
    However, there are some family matters that can only be resolved by commencing court proceedings. If your dispute resolution process ends up litigious, we can provide the advice and representation you need from starting a court proceeding on your behalf to defending you when you have been served with one.

  • Financial and property settlements

    Working out the division of joint properties, assets, and even debts is independent of separation or divorce. Through financial proceedings or consent orders and binding financial agreements, you can make arrangements for the division of your matrimonial assets, maintenance, de facto maintenance, etc. Our family law specialists can advise and represent you in your financial and property settlements, whether through out-of-court processes or litigation.
    Once you've reached an arrangement, we can proceed to making it legally binding through a written financial agreement or by applying for consent orders in court.

If you need legal advice or assistance on a family law issue, please call us on +61 3 9052 3214 or email us at info@tnslawyers.com.au

Frequently asked questions about family law

The Australian family law system governs the resolution of relationship issues (family or de facto) including the breakdown of these relationships. Some relevant legislations that matter are the Family Law Act, Child Support (Assessment) Act, and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021).

In situations where the parties cannot reach an agreement on reasonable and amicable terms, commencing court proceedings might be necessary. A family lawyer can represent you in court and ensure that your case is dealt with promptly in order to achieve the best possible resolution of your dispute.

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