At Vermeulen Attorneys our specialist divorce lawyers deal with divorce matters competently and efficiently.
We believe that the key to a speedy and cost-effective divorce lies in the parties fully understanding the divorce process. Unfortunately many people are not properly advised and end up spending more time and money than they need to.
There are two ways to proceed with a divorce, namely:
An Uncontested Divorce (which is a divorce where the parties have agreed on all relevant terms of the divorce beforehand); and
A Contested Divorce (which is a divorce where the parties have not agreed on all relevant terms of the divorce beforehand, and the Court is asked to make a decision)
An uncontested divorce is usually much cheaper and quicker than a contested divorce. Broadly speaking, it is usually wise to see whether a divorce can be settled and proceeded with on an uncontested basis, before proceeding with contested litigation.
Our divorce lawyers ensure that clients understand the process, costs, and implications from the beginning of their matter. This is to ensure that clients are in the drivers’ seat of their divorce at all times.
The Court will make the terms of the divorce an order of court when the divorce is finalized. This means that both parties to the divorce will be bound by the terms of the divorce, and can face serious consequences if they do not abide by the Court Order.
These issues generally involved in divorce proceedings are:
- Division of Assets and Liabilities
- Maintenance for the Parties
- Parental Rights and Responsibilities, such as:Contact Rights; Primary Place of Residence of the Minor Children; Maintenance for the Minor Children; Guardianship and
It is rare for a decree of divorce to be granted without the Court considering the issue of division of assets. A Court will not grant a decree of divorce if there are minor children involved and the best interests of these children have not been dealt with.
The Services Offered by Vermeulen Attorneys
Our divorce lawyers are able to assist clients with all aspects involved in the divorce process, including:
- Assessment of their situation and advising them in respect of the way forward
- Drafting a Settlement Agreement for signature by the parties
- Liaising with their spouse and negotiating the terms of the divorce
- Drafting of Summons, which is the document that commences the legal process
- Approaching Courts related to the divorce, such as the Maintenance Court and the Children’s Court
- Applying for and obtaining a Rule 43 Interim Order
- Referring a proposed Settlement Agreement to the office of the Family Advocate for endorsement
- Applying for and obtaining a Protection Order
- Assisting the parties to engage and appoint a mediator
- Appearance at Court for the Divorce Hearing
- Division of Pension Benefits
- Variation of Divorce Orders