Reaching Out: How The Right Legal Avenues Can Help

Reaching Out: How The Right Legal Avenues Can Help

A Guide On The Work Of Family Law Solicitors

by Jessica Spencer

Family law solicitors are professionals that offer a wide range of legal services to people with family law issues. Below is an extract discussing the services provided by family lawyers in Australia. 

Divorce Representation

Your family lawyer will help you file for divorce. Their first task is to ascertain that you meet the legal requirements of your state. For example, your marriage must be recognised in Australia. They will also offer process serving services to locate your spouse and deliver the divorce papers. If your partner does not consent to the divorce, your lawyer will argue your case in court. 

Property Settlement

Once you divorce your partner, the lawyer will help out with the property settlement process. Ideally, the lawyer will need to appraise your assets to determine your worth. They will then initiate negotiations with the other party and give an initial offer. If the parties cannot agree, your lawyer will represent you at the family dispute resolution conference or court. 

Parenting Plans

Your family lawyer will help you draft parenting plans detailing how you intend to raise your kids after divorce. The parenting plan addresses issues such as the financial responsibilities of each parent, where the children will stay, visitation plans, where the children will school and how parents will make critical decisions regarding their kids. Parenting plans can be filed in court to ensure each party abides by the terms of the agreement. 

Child Custody

There are cases when you may feel that your spouse poses a threat to your kids. If this is the case, you could ask the family court to grant you sole custody of your children. The family law solicitor will gather evidence to prove your case in court. For instance, they could need apprehended violence orders, police and medical reports, witness statements and CCTV footage. 

Child Adoption

Family law solicitors can handle the rigorous process of child adoption. The solicitor will conduct some background research to ensure that you meet the minimum criteria to adopt children. For example, they will assess your finances, the stability of your home and your willingness to maintain contact with the child's biological parents. For intercountry adoptions, the lawyer will check the adoption laws in both countries to know whether you qualify to adopt the child. The lawyer will also contact the adoption agencies and prepare you for adoption interviews and home assessments.

A family law solicitor will help with your divorce, property settlement, child custody or adoption cases. They will also help you draft parenting plans. 


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Reaching Out: How The Right Legal Avenues Can Help

Hello, all. I am a volunteer worker at an outreach centre which helps people of all ages with financial problems. I have come to realise that many of these people face hardships due to life-changing incidents such as unfair dismissal, a workplace injury or a car accident. Many of them are hard workers who aren’t aware of their legal rights. Last year, our outreach centre brought a lawyer on board to provide legal advice and assistance. I help by scheduling appointments, taking notes and following up on each case. I have learnt an awful lot about our laws and am impressed how knowing the right legal avenues can change people’s lives. I have just started a legal assistant’s course and thought this blog might be a good place to record the knowledge I gain. I hope you find it useful and insightful. Thank you for stepping into my world.