Going through a separation or divorce can be extremely challenging especially when there are children involved, and it is fair to say that genuinely amicable separations are very rare.

Seeking advice from a family lawyer does not necessarily mean you are embarking on a costly divorce settlement or litigation proceeding. On the contrary, it will help you to be proactive in managing your risk. Being informed about the law and how it applies to your situation may prevent you from making potentially detrimental decisions that can affect your emotional and financial wellbeing for many years to come.

The process of separation itself is emotionally draining and our decision making skills are often affected by our emotions. In addition you may have a partner that is making decisions based on his or her interests rather than the needs of the whole family.

Even if your separation and divorce is amicable, it is important to remember that family law matters are complex. You should always obtain appropriate advice to ensure that the best interests of the children are considered at the forefront of any settlement orders, and that any contemplated property settlement is fair and equitable in all the circumstances.

If you choose to manage your family law matter yourself there is a risk that you will be agreeing to a settlement that is unfair or inequitable, and/or in the case of parenting orders, that may not be in the best interests of the children. In either scenario, the Court may require significant amendments to your proposed orders, and at worst reject the settlement.

Before taking any action or signing any agreements you should consider discussing the specific circumstances of your case with one of Adelaide Family Law’s family lawyers to achieve the best outcome possible for you and your family. This does not mean you are committing to a costly or lengthy settlement process by engaging a lawyer, a general advice session may be all that you need. Either way our lawyers will be able to guide you through the process towards an amicable separation in the most cost effective and beneficial way.

At Adelaide Family Law we specialise in all areas of Family Law including divorce, defacto separations, children’s issues and property settlements. To contact any of our experienced family law solicitors for a no obligation advice session call 08 8113 3111 or email admin@adelaidefamilylaw.com.au.

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