Separated? How to get the most from your first meeting with your lawyer
The breakdown of a long term relationship or marriage is recognised as one of the most stressful things that someone can face. The prospect of dividing property, selling or refinancing your home, dealing with investment properties or a family business and making arrangements for the care of your children can seem overwhelming.
So where to begin?
Property acquired after separation- what is the Court’s approach?
The recent decision in the Family Court of Western Australia of Calvin & McTier  illustrates how the Family Court treats property acquired after separation and is a stark reminder of the importance to formally divide the assets of the relationship as soon as separation occurs.
The first step towards the resolution of parenting disputes
Sam and I have been married for 12 years and together we have 2 children aged 4 and 8. During the marriage we each performed the traditional husband and wife roles - Sam went to work and I stayed home to care for the children and the home. During the relationship there was frequent arguments that resolved only when I gave in and Sam got his way. We have now separated. At first the separation was amicable but now we cannot seem to make any decisions in relation to the children without a heated argument. Sam wants to have equal shared care of the children and I am frightened he will get it. What can I do?