Our Thinking Around Family Law

Relationship breakdown propels parties into the challenging process of working through and making important decisions about very personal and highly emotional issues including the future care of children and division of property and belongings.

Your CLO team of Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Toowoomba will empathise with your situation and will take the time to understand your unique circumstances, give you realistic options and deliver cost-effective solutions. You will know you are in safe hands.
In parenting disputes, children always come first so we guide you to advance the interests of the children over competing considerations. At the outset, we will introduce you to the CLO Lawyers referral network of psychologists and counsellors and will encourage you to reach a negotiated settlement through therapy and counselling.

Negotiation and mediation are our preferred means of resolving financial disputes, to achieve timely, pragmatic and cost-effective outcomes.

We will support you in reaching an agreement with your former partner where possible because of the advantages of a negotiated resolution in:
  • Greatly reducing the financial and emotional costs of legal proceedings
  • Supporting your continuing relationship as parents, if you have children
  • Making your own decisions
  • Moving forward and making a new life for yourself
  • Potentially improving communication with your former partner, which will enable you to better resolve any disputes in the future
Litigation is a last resort but we will pursue this course in circumstances requiring decisive direct action.

Separation

The family law practitioners at CLO Lawyers understand the emotional distress, confusion and financial hardship that often follows relationship breakdown. The complexity of property distribution, parenting disputes and formal divorce proceedings, can make a difficult situation feel overwhelming.

Your CLO team of Family Law and Divorce Lawyers will empathise with your situation, will take the time to understand your unique circumstances, give you realistic options and deliver cost-effective solutions. You will know you are in safe hands.

CLO Family Law Solicitors in Toowoomba provide advice and expertise relating to the following matters:
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Parenting arrangements
  • Property (financial) settlement
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Family (domestic) violence

Divorce

Divorce is the legal process to dissolve a marriage. In Australia, family law legislation provides for ‘No fault’ divorces, where no consideration is given to who broke up the relationship and why.

The CLO Lawyers family law team will provide plain English advice regarding the divorce process, including the technical legal requirements, applicable fees, time frames involved, and information regarding opposing a divorce application.

Property Settlement

The family law practitioners at CLO Lawyers understand the emotional distress, confusion and financial hardship that often follows relationship breakdown. The added complexity of negotiating a financial settlement can make that difficult situation feel overwhelming.

The property settlement process involves an assessment of the respective financial positions (past, current and future) of each party and determines any necessary ‘adjustment’ to the ownership or distribution of assets and liabilities to achieve a division of property that is ‘just and equitable’.

The CLO Lawyers referral network of financial planners, accountants and valuers can be engaged to assist with this process if required.

We will assist you to achieve the best possible financial outcome from the property settlement process and if a negotiated settlement can be reached, we can draft the necessary documents to formalise the agreement. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of The Family Court, your CLO Family Law Solicitor will represent you during the court process to maximise your claim.

Parenting Arrangements

The family law practitioners at CLO Lawyers understand the emotional distress, confusion and financial hardship that often follows relationship breakdown. The added emotion relating to parenting arrangements for the children, including financial support and living and visiting schedules, can significantly increase that anxiety. It can feel overwhelming.

The CLO Lawyers family law team are experienced in guiding you through the challenges you may now be facing as you negotiate appropriate parenting arrangements for your children. In parenting disputes, children always come first so we guide you to advance the interests of the children over competing considerations. At the outset, we will introduce you to the CLO Lawyers referral network of psychologists and counsellors, and encourage you to reach a negotiated settlement through therapy and counselling.

We will support you in reaching an agreement with your former partner where possible because of the advantages of a negotiated resolution in:
  • Making your own decisions
  • Greatly reducing the financial and emotional costs of legal proceedings
  • Supporting your continuing relationship as parents
  • Moving forward and making a new life for yourself
  • Potentially improving communication with your former partner, which will enable you to better resolve any disputes in the future
Litigation is a last resort but we will pursue this course in circumstances requiring decisive direct action.

Child Support

The Commonwealth Department of Human Services administers all child support arrangements and is responsible for undertaking assessments to determine the amount of support to be provided taking into account incomes, the number of children and their living arrangements.

There is a quick child support estimator on the website of the Department of Human Services – Child Support which you can use to get a general idea of what your obligation (or entitlement) will be.

The Department of Human Services prepares an Assessment based on a standard formula, but under various circumstances, the Assessment can be altered up or down. The circumstances giving rise to a variation are based on various factors.

These include the cost of maintaining the child in the way the parents intended (private education or additional extracurricular expenses), whether a child has additional health or medical needs, and if a parent is income poor but ‘asset rich’. The change of assessment process can be complicated and we can assist you in preparing the required documentation.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance refers to financial support paid by a person to their former partner/spouse and is often determined as part of any overall financial settlement. The law provides equally to marriage and to de facto relationship breakdown.

There are a range of factors the Family Court will consider when determining whether to award spousal maintenance and the amount. These include:
  • The income, assets and liabilities of each party
  • The age and relative health of the former partners/spouses
  • An appropriate standard of living each party is entitled to achieve
  • The number of children from the relationship and their ongoing living arrangements
  • The ongoing ability of each party to earn a living taking into account their qualifications, experience and impact of the marriage/relationship on any career

Whatever the nature of your family law enquiry, CLO Lawyers will empathise with your situation, take the time to understand your unique circumstances, give you realistic options and deliver cost-effective solutions. You will know you are in safe hands.

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Receive clear direction to meet the challenges of separation with CLO Lawyers family law solicitors.

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Receive clear direction to meet the challenges of separation with CLO Lawyers family law solicitors.
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