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We're Separated - What's Next

We're Separated - What's Next?

Monday 2nd of November 2020
By: Kate Trajcevski, Special Counsel, Coote Family Lawyers

May I take a moment of your time to let you know of the outstanding team that you have working for you, I am very very impressed

Do I need a lawyer?

In short, yes! 

Many people will go through life without the need to ever consult a lawyer, except perhaps when they are buying or selling a property, or preparing a Will. 

Not all separating couples will ultimately need a lawyer to assist with all aspects of their property division and parenting arrangements.  However, it will be invaluable for you to know early how the Courts work, and how your rights and obligations under the various legislation relevant to separating couples applies in your unique circumstances.  Knowledge is power, and it is incredibly difficult to make an informed decision about your future following separation without that understanding.

Choose a lawyer that you feel comfortable with, but do make sure they are a family law specialist accredited by the Law Institute of your State.

The pathway to a resolution

Following your initial conference, you should have a good understanding of the next steps appropriate to your matter to move towards a resolution.

Your lawyer's role might be to support you to negotiate your financial or parenting arrangements with your partner directly.  It might be to refer you to a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, to a Mediator or to a Family Therapist.  Your lawyer may negotiate with your partner or their lawyer on your behalf, or it may be that an Application to Court is necessary as the matter is urgent or complicated. 

There are many ways to get to a resolution, and engaging a family lawyer for advice does not necessarily mean that you will end up in a Court setting.  It will however give you the tools necessary to determine the best resolution for you and your family, and the earlier you have those tools, the more empowered you will feel.


Coote Family Lawyers are recognised as one of the top family law firms in Melbourne.  Please call us on (03) 9804 0035

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