Spousal Maintenance and Family Lawyers

When a marriage or de facto relationship ends, often one party finds that they are not able to independently meet their day to day financial needs and living expenses. In such cases, the person in need may wish to apply for what is known as spousal maintenance, with the assistance of family lawyers in Melbourne you can be prepared for the future.

The question of child support or child maintenance is one that the Umbrella team deal with on a regular basis.  Separation and divorce is tough, particularly where children are involved.  Understandably, the welfare of children is usually top of mind for most parents and that includes ensuring establishing financial arrangements that are fair for all parties.  The advice of professionals who specialise in collaborative law and child maintenance arrangements is invaluable at this time.

For many of us, the term ‘Prenuptial Agreement‘ brings to mind celebrity marriages and divorces. In Australia, we use the term ‘Binding Financial Agreement’ and it should be noted that they are not just for the rich and famous.  A Binding Financial Agreement is legally enforceable and if you have assets that you wish to protect in the case of relationship breakdown, you may wish to consider making one.

When Australians voted to legalise same sex marriage, the definition of marriage under the Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, was redefined to read “the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.  After many years of debate on 9 December 2017 , 61.6% of Australians voted to become the 25th country in the world to allow two people to marry with no definition or discrimination being applied on the basis of gender or sexuality.

Going on a holiday after separation can be difficult as for many of us, family memories are made during holiday times. The adventures we have with our family as children ourselves, then later as parents, are strong in our memories. Even if all didn’t go smoothly at the time (and even the best of holidays have their hiccups along the way!) most of us look back fondly at times shared on vacation with family members.

Gift giving at Christmas time and other occasions such as birthdays can be stress inducing at the best of times.  If you’re a divorced or separated parent, chances are it is even more so.  Although most people focus on what their children want or need, for some, present buying may be seen as an opportunity to play ‘favourite parent’ or score points against their ex.

We don’t wish to alarm you…. But Christmas is not far away!  Although traditionally a time for happiness celebration, for some Christmas can be a time of great stress and sadness – particularly those who may be facing their first Christmas following separation or divorce. The Christmas period is usually a time where families come together, so the prospect of facing the festive season as a newly separated person and possibly not spending the day with children brings with it loneliness and a sense of loss.