Bell & Co. is a boutique specialist law firm offering a high level of expertise in employment law, family law, dispute resolution and civil litigation, providing significant capability without the cost that is commonly associated with other law firms, and know that family law and relationship property issues are extremely sensitive for everyone involved. Their clients tell them that their level of care, concern and support when they have family law problems has been second to none at a time when they're feeling at their most vulnerable.
As family law experts they give advice when you're entering into a de facto relationship, marriage or civil union, or if you're ending that relationship, and they can advise you on relationship property matters, childcare issues and parenting orders. They also have expertise in dealing successfully in complex relationship property matters.
Bell & Co. are highly experienced family lawyers and can help you with domestic violence and protection orders, deceased estates and protecting your family’s interests, issues regarding family trusts, negotiation, and mediation and settlement conferences, and most hearings in the Family and High Courts.
Family law issues are always emotional, often stressful and can also be quite contentious, and Bell & Co. are there to help you, not only find resolution to these issues, but also will give you support throughout this time.
In this article, we look at dividing relationship property. Dividing your property fairly when your relationship ends can be one of the most emotional and traumatic times of your life, and independent legal advice for both parties is essential, and the law requires this.
Although the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 provides for a 50:50 property split, there can be difficulties when one of you has brought a greater proportion of assets to the relationship, it’s unclear whether some property is separate or relationship property, or one of you is using a trust to protect specific assets.
Also, family inheritances or family gifts have to be factored in and/or you may have to sell your family home in order to release relationship property funds. Bell & Co. are experts in navigating the way through these complex issues and reaching resolution.
Similarly, they can help with the dissolution of a relationship. Ending a marriage or civil union, for whatever reason, is always a difficult time, and Bell & Co. can help you draft a separation agreement, and negotiate with your partner and their lawyer.