Family Law

Family Law

The team at MMH Lawyers are a Family Law Specialist Firm accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria, with such accreditation recognized throughout Australia.

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in all areas of Family Law and will work towards getting you a fair and equitable outcome. We pride ourselves on offering our clients with honest representation and ongoing clear communication.

MMH Lawyers are proudly on the Victoria legal aid panel for Family Law matters.

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Our Family Law Team can assist you with the following:

Additionally, Matthew William Harper of our firm is an experienced Independent Children’s Lawyer, assisting in sensitive matters that involve children.

MMH Lawyers understand that taking the initial steps to consult a Family Lawyer can be daunting. However, our firm believes the importance of you making informed decisions moving forward to resolve your Family Law situation.

It is therefore our prime focus to guide you through the following processes and advise you of your options to finalise your separation in the least stressful way.

Whether it may be a property settlement, spousal maintenance or disputes involving children, MMH Lawyers understand that all family disputes can be difficult, we therefore handle your matter with sensitively and navigate you through the complexities surrounding Family Law procedures.

Get in touch with us today to organise a consultation with one of our Family Law Lawyers.

Divorce Applications

To apply for a divorce in Australia the following requirements must be satisfied:

  1. At least one spouse wants a divorce.
  2. You and your spouse have been separated for at least 12 months and there is no prospect of resuming the relationship.
  3. You or your spouse meet one of the following requests:
    1. Are an Australian citizen;
    2. Reside in Australia and view Australia as your home;
    3. Usually live in Australia and have done so for at least 12 months.

MMH Lawyers can assist you with collating and preparing the necessary documents to file your Application for Divorce with the court.

You can file your Application for Divorce as a sole applicant, which requires you to serve the Application for Divorce on the other party.

Alternatively, applications for divorce can be filed together with your spouse as joint applicants which does not require you to serve the other party.

Once your application is filed with the court and granted, it will be finalised one month and one day from the date the Court grants your divorce.

A divorce order does not settle property, maintenance or parenting matters. It is a formal application to the Court which legally ends a marriage between two persons.

Property Settlements

When your relationships end, property can be divided between you and your former spouse by agreement, accessing family dispute resolution services or applying to court for Final Property Orders.

You may apply to the Court for final property orders within 12 months of the date on which your Divorce is granted. For de-facto relationships, you may apply to the court for final property orders within 2 years from the date of your separation.

The Family Law system recognises each party’s financial and non-financial contributions.

Financial contributions include party’s salaries and inheritances whereas nonfinancial contributions include home duties and the caring of children. The future needs of each party are also considered by the family law system.

MMH Lawyers have extensive experience working with client’s that have complex business structures and interests.

Whilst no two property settlements are the same, our Family Lawyers are willing to offer their knowledge and experience to identify your assets and debts and advise you on your entitlements to reach a just and equitable property division.

Parenting Arrangements and Disputes

Our services extend to after separation concerns such as assisting you in settling parenting arrangements.

We assist clients in negotiating parenting arrangements with the other party, advising on their options of Family Dispute Resolution Services and the next steps when there is an agreement for consent orders.

Our Family lawyers that we have experience in complex and sensitive parenting matters involving sexual abuse allegations and Airport Watchlist Orders.  

De Facto Relationships

A de facto relationship is between two persons where, the persons are not legally married to each other, or related to one another and have been in a relationship as a couple on a genuine domestic basis.

Several factors are considered to determine whether a couple are de facto such as:

Child Support

Both parents have an obligation to financially support their children based to their capacity and respective financial positions.

MMH Lawyers can assist with advising you about child support entitlements, negotiate and prepare Binding Child Support Agreements.

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