VM Family Law are experienced in representing clients at final hearings or briefing a Barrister, depending on your requirements. If you need a divorce lawyer in the Ipswich & Greater Springfield QLD areas, VM Family Law are here to assist you and give you the best legal advice for your divorce situation. Our specialist family law firm can help with your application for a divorce, service of an application for divorce, and a response to a divorce application.
When getting a divorce in QLD, you need to fill out a divorce application either on your own (sole application) or with your spouse (joint application). If you complete a sole application, you are required to serve this to the other party.
You only need to attend court if you have indicated this is within your application or if you’ve filed under a sole application and have a child between the marriage under 18 years of age (at the time of filing). You are also advised to attend court if you are providing any additional affidavit material, which needs to be brought to court alongside a copy of your application and other relevant documents.
In terms of changing your name, if you were married in Australia, and wish to change your family name back to your maiden name, you need to update your details with organisations that you have a personal account with. If married outside of Australia, you need to register your new name with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
It is highly recommended to hire legal help from a family lawyer when getting a divorce, especially when children and joint property are involved.
By hiring a divorce lawyer you can obtain legal advice before you apply for a divorce or complete any other paperwork to better understand your rights and responsibilities. A lawyer can explain to you how the law applies to your situation including how to protect your assets or complete Parenting Plans and Orders if children are involved.
You can file an application for divorce without the assistance of a lawyer, however it is important to consider that the court will not be able to give you any legal advice during the process, as this could compromise the court’s ability to be impartial. If you do think you might need help, or have assets and children involved, we recommend that you involve a lawyer.
In family law cases, it is important to choose a divorce lawyer that you can trust. Find someone who is a specialist in their field, especially when other matters are involved such as Parenting Plans or Property Settlements. It can help to look up reviews and the past experience of your potential lawyers, then meet with them in person to see if they are the best fit for you. It is also advised to consider accessibility and to not base your decision solely on the best cost. A more expensive lawyer can often be more effective with their time therefore costing you less overall.
- What happens if the other spouse doesn’t want a divorce?
- How long do we need to be separated before I can apply for a divorce?
- What happens if we have lived together after we were separated?
- When we are divorced, does that mean our financial matters are resolved as well?
- Do I need to change my will before or after I am divorced?
When considering the division of assets such as liabilities, superannuation interests, and property, it is best to work it out personally between the parties with the help of a lawyer. If an agreement can not be reached, the court will have to intervene.
If the court is involved, you must name all assets including all properties owned separately, jointly, or with a third party, as well as any contributions during the marriage and separation period including direct, indirect, financial, and non-financial contributions. These assets are then assessed and given a percentage of which is adjusted based on the future needs of each party. In order to avoid this process, it is recommended to hire a lawyer to help you secure your assets.