Relationship breakdown can be emotionally debilitating and can have serious consequences on your life and that of your children. Our aim is to provide legal advice you can understand so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
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Melbourne, VIC (PRWEB) December 05, 2012
According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian government has granted a divorce to 12-13 couples in every 1,000 marriages every year over the last decade. While the divorce rate in the country isn’t as bad as Belarus and Russia—reportedly the top two countries with the highest divorce rates in the world according to Divorce.com—it would seem that circumstances could force Australian couples to consider a permanent and legal recourse to their marital woes. Westminster Lawyers, a firm of expert family lawyers Melbourne couples depend on, recently released an infographic on divorce proceedings designed to give clearer, much easier options for distressed spouses to consider.
The definitive guide on divorce starts off, as do all legal issues, with the initial consultation wherein couples are given two possible choices in resolving their marital issues. The divorcing couple could either choose to give their lawyer free rein to negotiate on their behalf or agree to resolve their disputes through mediation.
Westminster Lawyers’ state, “The first step for Westminster Family Lawyers is often to seek a solution through negotiation rather than launching straight into the expensive minefield of litigation.” For this purpose, the Melbourne-based practice has established the Westminster Family Mediators, a new business centre of the firm that will operate separately when undertaking mediations. Westminster Family Mediators has four National Mediator-accredited, Bond University-trained, and experienced family law specialists who will resolve issues between couples, endeavouring to reach a sensible, cost-effective, and agreeable outcome for both parties.
Divorcing couples usually contest issues on child support, spousal support, property or assets division, care arrangement for the children, and other disputes arising from the irretrievable breakdown of any marriage. Westminster Lawyers’ approach has always been rooted in the belief that every legal issue should be handled in a timely, dignified, and cost-effective manner, all of which could result from a successful mediation. When couples are unable to reach an agreement during the mediation, the infographic illustrates the beginning of litigation, which clarifies that the couple’s case could either go to Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court.
Westminster Lawyers Director, family law specialist, and accredited mediator Tony Salce remarks, “Family Law problems are very stressful. My job as a family lawyer is to take the burden of that stress, make life easier for my client and find the optimum solution in the quickest possible time."
In urgent and special cases where child abuse is involved or conjugal property is sold without express permission, the divorce proceedings infographic shows that negotiation will be bypassed for litigation.
Westminster Lawyers recognise the emotional turmoil and the inherent complication that arise during a divorce especially where children are involved. This is why the premiere family law practice strives to inform its clients of their options and works tirelessly to provide the best possible resolution to each case. Westminster’s senior family lawyer, Lucy Morgan, adds, “Relationship breakdown can be emotionally debilitating and can have serious consequences on your life and that of your children. Our aim is to provide legal advice you can understand so that you can make informed decisions about your future.”
The recently released infographic will give troubled couples in Australia an initial look at what they can expect in a divorce proceeding. To view the infographic or make an appointment with a divorce lawyer, visit the Westminster Lawyers website.