Blackman Legal
Family Law

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At Blackman Legal we have lived through the trauma of separation with many clients and understand what you will experience. We will look after your best interests and support you throughout this very difficult time. When you join with us you will not be alone; we have the expertise and experience to help you through a separation and the property settlement, parenting or other issues that might arise.

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Family

In a majority of cases, immediate family members understand the importance of making the child’s emotional well-being and safety a priority. Parental responsibility and living arrangements for children in separated families need to be considered and decided upon following a relationship breakdown. The Court always considers the best interests of the child.

It may sound complicated, and at times it can be. However, we are mindful of the delicate nature of parenting issues and decisions which need to be made upon separation for children. Our years of expertise in family law, and familiarity with Court practice and procedure, allows us to act in a timely and effective fashion to ensure parenting issues can be resolved consistent with the best interests of your loved ones.

Property

The Family Court has the power to make orders for property settlement. All of the assets of the parties, whether the assets are in joint names or otherwise, are taken into account. Each party has an obligation to be transparent and disclose fully their financial position to the Court, as well as the other party.

The Court must make orders that are “just and equitable”, having regard to:

  • the financial contributions of each of the parties;
  • the non-financial contributions of each of the parties, particularly in the role of homemaker and parent;
  • the future financial position of the parties, including the need to provide for children and the capacity of the parties to provide for those needs.

Documenting Agreements

It is now possible to document your agreed arrangements with your partner in a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA).

BFAs can apply to arrangements before, during, or after a marriage or de-facto relationship.

Consent Orders approved by the Court are a safe way of documenting any agreement after the breakdown of a relationship.

We can advise on the best way forward for your situation.

Divorce

A Divorce is a legally separate undertaking to matters such as the distribution of property or children’s matters.

We can prepare your Divorce in an efficient and professional manner.

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)

Our team are highly experienced in representing people charged with assault, defending Apprehended Violence Orders as well as alleged breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders.