When a court makes a children's Order, the Family Law Act 1975 requires it to regard the best interests of the child as the most important consideration. Parents are encouraged to use this principle when trying to negotiate parenting plans.
When dividing property in Family Law, an approach that involves four steps is taken.
1. All assets and debts of the relationship are included to make a property pool (at this stage there is a process of obtaining valuations of assets and disclosure by both parties of all financials, including bank accounts, superannuation and business financials).
2. The contributions of each party, also known as the s79 (4) factors, are looked at in light of the property pool.
3. The future needs of each party, s75(2) factors, are taken into account.
4. A 'just and equitable' adjustment is the final step.
Cathryn Shiels has been practising for over 10 years. She established her own firm, Cathryn Shiels Lawyers, in 2015. Cathryn Shiels Lawyers is the firm that prides
itself as a leading provider of Family Law services in the Bendigo region and surrounding areas.
As a small firm, providing personalised service, the firm has demonstrated continued success. Due to the impact of the Covid pandemic, Cathryn is currently providing remote and virtual services. Currently many court hearings are conducted by Webex or Microsoft Teams. Cathryn can appear for you in your court hearing either by video link or in person where appropriate.
Personalised service is a core philosophy of the firm. You will be represented by the one Lawyer for your entire case.
Cathryn strives to get the best results, in the shortest time, costing you, the client, less.
Family Law proceedings, separation and divorce can be a very stressful time. You will be supported and listened to throughout the process.
Clear advice is provided in relation to Criminal Law proceedings, and based on the facts and evidence you will receive advice on the best course of
action for you.