ASSETS & LEGAL
Divorce and separation is often an overwhelming, emotionally charged and complex process for people. Our teams of lawyers, business and financial advisors provide advice with an empathic understanding of these pressures.
We can help you to gain a thorough understanding of your financial position, especially when business valuations and forensics are required to dig beyond the obvious. Once that exact position is determined, we work with you to gain an appropriate financial settlement. Part of our guidance and advice includes the negotiation of custody arrangements where applicable.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
The emotional aspects of divorce and separation are often underestimated by those involved, and one of the reasons for forming the Melbourne Divorce Network was to create a better avenue for our assets and legal advisors to help you find the right support networks. We see health issues as important, of not more important, than the division of assets.
We are also aware though, that sometimes psychologists are required to provide reports that play a critical role in the decisions handed down by the courts, particularly in relation to custody arrangements. This may involves issues around either parent or children, including Gillick Competency for children under the age of 16.
We have advisors who are experts in providing reports for these purpose (forensic), as well as psychologists who focus on the clinical treatment.
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SAFETY
Unfortunately there are often issues around domestic violence and safety during the process, which may require intervention orders. While you can apply for these orders on your own, we believe it is better to do so with legal advice.
Family violence is defined in Victoria as harmful behaviour that is used to control, threaten, force or dominate a family member through fear. It includes:
physical abuse, such as hitting or pushing a person
sexual abuse, such as forcing a person to have sex
emotional or psychological abuse, such as controlling who a person can see and when, or calling them names
financial abuse, such as controlling a person's money without their consent.
Family violence is also behaviour that makes a family member fear for the safety of:
If a child hears, sees or is around family violence in any way, they are also covered by the law. This includes if a child:
helps a family member who has been abused
sees damaged property in the family home
is at a family violence incident when the police arrive.