Family Law

Trusted Family Lawyers in Perth, WA

Family law is a unique and complex area of law. It tackles sensitive and personal issues, such as divorce and child custody. When you’re in this position, you need to make difficult choices that will affect you and your family for the rest of your life. If you’re unsure where to start, you’ll need an experienced family lawyer who resolves complicated family law issues and defends your interests.

Hoe Lawyers has a team of experienced family law solicitors in Perth, Western Australia who provide guidance on Australia’s family laws. Our Perth-based family law office will assess your situation and resolve your issues through mediation, collaboration and negotiation.

Our law firm has been around for more than 10 years. Since we started, we’ve helped hundreds of clients file applications and seek orders from the Family Court of Western Australia concerning financial and parenting matters. We’ll also provide solid and efficient court representation when necessary.

Count on us to provide clear and comprehensive legal advice for your case. Our skilled family lawyers cut through the jargon of family law and explain the concepts in terms more easily understandable.

Areas of Expertise

As one of the top family law firms in Perth, our specialist team of lawyers are available to support you through various family law issues including separation and divorce, child and financial arrangements, cohabitation agreements, civil partnerships and prenuptial agreements. Rest assured our family lawyers in Perth, WA understand the emotional, legal and financial complexities of family and child matters. We cover a broad range of family law and relationship law procedures, including:

  • Binding Financial Agreement

We draft binding financial agreements for engaged, married and de facto couples as well as those who have separated or divorced from each other. These agreements protect assets brought into and acquired during their relationships and, if necessary, secure a clear and fair split of such assets to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation in the Family Court.

  • Consent Orders

We assist separated couples in obtaining final orders from the Family Court of WA that are agreed to by both parties on financial and parenting matters. These secure a clear and fair split of their assets as well as formalise shared custody of and contact with their children to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation in the Family Court.

  • Financial & Parenting Orders

If necessary, our family law lawyers in Perth can also initiate or defend applications in the Family Court on financial and parenting matters and ultimately obtain orders or judgments on those matters to bring closure and finality to longstanding and painful family disputes.

Why Seek Guidance and Support from a Family Lawyer

If you’re facing a family law issue, such as divorce or division of assets, you may wonder if the legal assistance of a family lawyer is worth it. After all, the Internet is a large repository of legal material and resources, specifically practices, procedures and legislation surrounding family law.

Despite the availability and abundance of legal information on the web, finding and working with an experienced family lawyer is still a better option. Here’s why:

Lawyers Make Family Law Less Complex

Some concepts surrounding family law may be complicated for an average person to understand. If you’re facing divorce, for instance, you’ll need to understand the complex terminologies and look at your issue from both a legal and personal perspective.

Approaching knowledgeable family lawyers in Perth, WA helps ease this burden. Your lawyer will take the time to explain everything using clear and simple words. Your lawyer will also suggest the best course of action based on your current situation.

Lawyers Inform You of Your Rights

When faced with family law matters, such as divorce or child custody, your goal should be to obtain the best possible outcome. Taking on these issues without a lawyer is not a good idea. The lack of legal advice raises your risk of making uninformed and rash (or emotional) decisions that prevent you from getting the results you want.

With the expertise of family law layers in Perth, you’ll know your legal rights. Having this knowledge prevents outcomes or situations where the other party is clearly and unfairly infringing your rights.

Lawyers Make Agreements Legally Binding

You’ll need a legally binding agreement if you’re tackling important issues, such as division of assets and child custody. This legal document reduces the likelihood of disputes and keeps both parties on the same page. A family lawyer assists in the creation of a legally binding agreement between you and the other party.

Lawyers Help You Save Money

Yes, you will have to pay your lawyer, but you may end up paying more without a knowledgeable family law attorney on your side. If you are entitled to receive alimony or child support, your lawyer will ensure you receive what you deserve.

Lawyers Speed Up the Process

Family law solicitors in Perth, Western Australia have the knowledge and experience, access to several resources and familiarity with Court policies and procedures that allow them to do things efficiently. You will no longer need to set aside time to work on your case, keep track of deadlines, present requested files and follow up with correspondences from the other party and the Court. Your family law attorney will do all these and more for you.

Lawyers Provide Emotional Support

Tensions may run high when you’re tackling sensitive family issues, such as property settlement and divorce. If you’re emotionally overwhelmed, the stress may affect your thinking and decision making.

An experienced family lawyer provides a moral and emotional boost during difficult times and helps you think clearly and rationally.

Unless you’re a lawyer, too, don’t take on family law issues by yourself. Your inexperience and lack of expertise could cost you a positive outcome. Schedule a free consultation with our law firm today by emailing or giving us a call on 08 6244 5234.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Family Law Court decide a property settlement claim?

When you apply for a property settlement, the Court decides by way of a 4-step process.

  • Step 1 - Identifying and valuing both parties' assets, liabilities and financial resources
  • Step 2 - Assessing the contributions made by each party
  • Step 3 - Assessing the future needs of each party

How do we decide what the house/car/business is worth?

Different types of assets require different assessments. You can discuss these with your spouse without court intervention or you can ask for external help. For instance, you can get a real estate appraisal if you cannot agree on property division. You can also get vehicle evaluations and hire a forensic accountant to assess the debts and assets connected to a business, as well as its profitability. Working with the right professionals will help you achieve accurate evaluations of marital properties.

How do I find out what my spouse owns?

Courts divide property into two categories: marital and separate. Marital property jointly belongs to both of the spouses and must be divided equally between them during a divorce. Separate assets belong to one of them exclusively.

Can I enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?

Yes, especially if you wish to protect and preserve assets in the event of a separation. This is particularly beneficial for parties entering into a second relationship who want to ensure their assets are preserved for their children.

How does the Court treat money given to me from my parents?

Family law courts treat these kinds of payments in two ways:

  1. The court may accept the payment is a loan that must be repaid to the parent in full. The loan will then be included in the pool of properties.
  2. The court may determine the payment was a gift to the child. This would generally count as a contribution on behalf of the child and will increase the percentage of the child's contributions. Will the assets I have acquired since separation be quarantined or excluded from the property pool?

How does the Court decide who the children will live with?

The court determines the child's best interests by focusing on two primary considerations:

  • the child's benefit of having a meaningful relationship with both parents; and
  • the need to protect the child from psychological or physical harm, neglect, abuse or family violence.

What are the different types of Child Support Arrangements?

There are two legal types of child support agreements: Binding Child Support Agreements and Limited Child Support Agreements. Both agreements need to be signed by the parties and lodged with the Child Support Agency.

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