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The Path
Through Divorce

Difficult, but You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

With extensive experience in family and divorce law, our team provides guidance and clarity during the challenging separation process. We help resolve complex issues like property division, parenting arrangements and spousal maintenance — aiming to minimise the impact of separation and guide you towards a brighter future.

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Here’s an overview of what the process may look like:

1. Making the Decision

This is the initial stage where one or both partners decide to end the relationship. This decision should be made after a considerable amount of emotional self-reflection and careful consideration of the impact on all parties involved.

2. Organising Parenting & Child Living Arrangements

This step, applicable when children are involved, focuses on their well-being. It includes negotiating and agreeing upon living arrangements and shared parental responsibilities — always prioritising the children’s best interests.

3. Negotiating Property Settlement

This critical phase involves analysis of your financial resources and future needs, including the needs of your children, and reaching a fair division of property and other assets. Remember, each situation is unique, and this step may not be applicable in all cases.

4. Reaching an agreement

If you can come to an agreement on parenting and property issues you can finalise your matter by consent. If you can’t come to an agreement, we can help you get started with the court process by submitting an application to the Family Court.

Australian law requires you and your spouse to be separated for at least 12 months before making an application for divorce. Once the separation has commenced, it’s essential to seek professional legal advice. After being separated for 12 months and one day, you’re eligible to officially apply to the court for a divorce. The final divorce order is issued one month and one day after the divorce hearing in court. This step marks the official legal ending of the marriage and symbolises a new beginning, a fresh start for both individuals to embark on their independent journeys.

Divorce can often lead to disagreements between couples over the division of their assets, especially when it comes to the family home. If you find yourself in this scenario, it’s important that you seek legal advice to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the separation proceedings. Our experienced solicitors specialise in all aspects of property settlement in divorce cases. We can advise you on how to divide your assets and negotiate on your behalf to reach a settlement in the best interests of all parties involved.

Spousal maintenance refers to the financial support paid by one spouse to the other after separation or divorce and can be ordered by the court or agreed upon by the parties involved. Our family law solicitors have a deep understanding of Australian spousal maintenance laws and can provide you with the knowledge and guidance you need to navigate this process. We’ll work with you to ensure that your needs are met and that any agreement reached is fair and reasonable.

Child support plays a pivotal role in divorces involving children. Our skilled solicitors possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise in navigating the complexities of child support. We can guide you on appropriate payments based on factors such as income, custody arrangements and children’s needs. Both parties can agree to an amount and enter into an agreement, however, if you can’t reach an agreement, ultimately the Child Support Agency will set the final amount of child support that is payable. Our priority is to safeguard your children’s welfare and ensure a fair outcome for your family while addressing any disputes that emerge.

Domestic violence profoundly impacts divorce proceedings. Our empathetic family law practitioners are well-versed in the intricacies of domestic violence legislation, offering assistance in obtaining protective orders. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, you may be entitled to apply for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO). We’re committed to securing your safety and your children’s well-being, providing you with the assurance that your case is in capable hands.

Mediation and alternative dispute resolution are now a requirement under the Family Court rules and can yield amicable solutions without resorting to court battles. Our seasoned divorce lawyers are adept at facilitating settlements through mediation, family dispute resolution and negotiation. We work closely with you to identify the best strategy for your distinct circumstances, providing the support and insight needed for a positive outcome. Our guidance helps you sidestep the strain and costs of litigation through the court system.

What Our Clients Say

Extremely professional and prompt. I have had the pleasure of working with Jen and her family law team. Couldn’t recommend any higher!”

— Brad Simpson

They have been our family solicitors for 10 years and all we can say is what a team, I wouldn’t take my legal business anywhere else!”

— Lina Ali

Meet The Team

Handling divorce is troublesome and emotionally taxing. Our team, led by family law expert Bill Zahr, ensures you’re well-supported during this challenging period. We have extensive experience that spans from navigating parenting and abduction matters to complex property divisions and relocation applications. Our extensive background in various legal domains amplifies our ability to understand and resolve the intricacies of your situation.

Jennifer Ognenovski
Sydney Divorce Lawyer

Bill Zahr
Managing Director