Family Law Free half hour initial consultation booking form

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Relationship status

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Date Separated?

Safety

If you have immediate concerns for your or your children's safety please ring emergency on 000. For additional assistance please see:

ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service Ph: (02) 6280 0900 (24 hours)
NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre Ph: (02) 6247 2525
Victim Support ACT Ph: 1800 822 272 (24 hours)
Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL) Ph: (02) 6295 9600
Lifeline Ph: 131 114 (24 hrs)
Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 551 800 (24 hrs)

These services provide immediate, urgent assistance including accommodation if required for victims of domestic violence as well as advice regarding the steps that may be taken to obtain protection from the violent party.

In the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales there is legislation in existence which allows parties to obtain orders to protect them from the violent member of the family: in the Australia Capital Territory these are known as family violence orders (FVO) and in New South Wales as apprehended violence orders (AVOs).

Please discuss any safety concerns you have with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.

Urgent Assistance

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Urgent Financial Assistance
In urgent cases, you may be need legal advice about whether to access joint funds as an urgent, interim solution. You may also be entitled to file an application in Court against the other party for urgent, interim maintenance orders in order to obtain immediate relief.*

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.


Urgent Housing
At separation, frequently, one party ends up homeless or in inappropriate accommodation. You may be entitled to access joint funds to pay for alternative accommodation.

You may also be entitled to file an application in Court against the other party to release immediate funds for you to be able to pay for alternative housing for yourself and perhaps your children.

You may also be entitled to seek a Court order on an interim basis to have sole occupation of the former matrimonial home to the exclusion of the other party.*

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.


Urgent Transport
Commonly, when parties separate, one of the parties ends up without any form of transport. The situation may be more critical if that party has the care of children. If you find yourself in such a situation, you may be entitled to file an application in Court against the other parent to seek urgent, interim orders, to have access to a car from the other party.*

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.


Urgent Custody / Child Recovery
If the other parent has retained your child/children against your wishes, you may be entitled to file an urgent application for location and recovery of your child. if an urgent order is made by the Court, police will enforce the orders, recover the child /children and return them to you.*

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.


People in the relationship
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Next Step

When you separate from your partner, you will normally need to make some immediate decisions. Your partner does not have to agree to the separation. There are no legal processes to become separated. It is a good idea to obtain legal advice and become informed about your entitlements both in relation to the most immediate matters and long-term issues.

Among the most immediate considerations are:

  • Where will the children live?
  • What immediate arrangements to put in place for the other parent to spend time with the children?
  • Who will stay in the house?
  • How to fund alternative accommodation for you and your children?
  • Whether you require financial assistance from the other party and/or Centrelink benefits
  • Who must pay the rent/mortgage?
  • Who will pay the matrimonial bills or debts?

Among the long-term considerations are:

  • Which will be arrangements for the future care of the children
  • How will the assets and financial resources be divided between the parties

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.

You must satisfy certain requirements before you can apply for a divorce. Please see our ‘Simple Guide to Divorce’ and our article "So you wish to get divorced? 12 things you need to know!" for further details. elringtons fixed fee simple divorce promises clients a smooth transition into the next phase of their lives free from the burden of unforeseen legal costs.

Please discuss your requirements with your elringtons family law solicitor at your appointment.


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Before your first appointment, we suggest that you read our article: Ten Questions to Ask your Family Lawyer at the Initial Interview and prepare the list of documents to bring to your initial Family Law Interview if you have them available. Read more…

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