Family lawyers provide reassurance, advice and support in what is often a period of life rife with conflict, stress and emotional exhaustion. Their role in family disputes is widespread and diverse; they can assist on a range of issues, their sole goal being to ease the difficulties associated with the break- down of a family unit.
Child custody issues
Arguably one of the most important tasks a family lawyer is faced with is the care of children. Children are deeply affected by parental separation, but their voices are often lost amongst the anguished cries of the parents. Family lawyers are tasked with identifying the various options available for the care of any children involved, and must advocate for what is going to best advance the welfare of the children. The safety of the children is a paramount consideration during this process.
Division of property
Family lawyers assist with the equitable division of relationship property. They advise on what constitutes relationship property, how the Court is likely to divide it and how you can protect your property in the future should a relationship break down.
Domestic violence includes physical, psychological and economic abuse. Family lawyers give advice on the various methods of coping with domestic violence, including the process for applying for protection orders, intervention orders or restraining orders.
Child support is financial support paid to the primary caregiver of children by the other biological parent. The amount of child support payable will depend on the financial status of the individual; however, the obligation to pay is absolute. Even if a parent has no access to their children, they will be obliged to pay child support. Family lawyers will advise clients as to what their child support liabilities or entitlements are and will help explain the role child support will play in the new family unit.
Spousal maintenance is where one partner is obliged to offer financial support to the other. This is predominantly to compensate for the fact that often one partner will have sacrificed their career advancement to look after children. Spousal maintenance reinforces the concept that childcare is a valuable role and should not be "punished" on separation. Family lawyers can assist in negotiating with the parties to come to an amicable arrangement regarding the amount of maintenance payable.
Family lawyers are indispensable when it comes to a break down in family relationships. Their uses are manifold; they will endeavour to provide support, reassurance and legal advice on whatever family or relationship issue you are grappling with during a break-up. For more information, contact a law firm like Delaney & Delaney Solicitors.