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Melbourne Family Lawyers is an Australian Family Law Specialist Firm based in Melbourne which deals exclusively in Australian and International Family Law cases. Our Specialist Family Law Lawyers are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria. We have the knowledge and the expertise to help resolve any Family Law problem quickly.+
- 17 Feb 2022
Unless there is a court order to the contrary, both parents of a child have equal shared parental responsibility. This means that decisions about major long-term issues about the child should be made jointly by the parents. So, parents have a legal obligation to consult with each other about these big decisions and then make a decision jointly. Examples of major long-term issues would be choosing a school, involvement in a religion or major health issues (including vaccination). Read All
- 21 Jan 2021
Whilst you have to wait at least 12 months from the date you separate to apply for a Divorce, you do not have to wait to finalise a property settlement with your spouse or partner under the Family Law Act. The Divorce Application in Australia is a separate legal proceeding and it brings a marriage to an end legally, and allows you to marry someone else if you wish to do so. You cannot apply for a Divorce before the 12-month separation period has expired- even if both parties agree. The situation is different when it comes to negotiating and finalising a property settlement and parenting arrangements- this can happen as soon as you separate without having to wait. Read All
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I especially thank Alison for her professional work the last 4 years. Alison has been approachable, up-front and very patient for me, as well as very professional. I felt very safe whenever I...
S.N. Hampton East
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I.W. Newport, Vic
I found all of the staff and family lawyers at Melbourne Family Lawyers to be extremely professional and responsive to my needs during a difficult and protracted Divorce which involved disputes as to the arrangements for my children and the retention of the family home. My ex-husband and his lawyers were very difficult to deal...
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