SERVICES

Forte Family Lawyers is experienced in all aspects of family and relationship law.

CHILDREN AND PARENTING

Reaching agreement on appropriate arrangements for the care of children after separation is a priority for separating parents.

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PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL
SETTLEMENTS

Most separated couples need a property and financial settlement following the breakdown of their relationship.

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PRENUPTIAL AND OTHER FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS

Prenuptial and other Financial Agreements provide a couple with the comfort of knowing how their assets will be divided.

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DIVORCE

Divorce is only one aspect of family law. It is the process of finalising a marriage and is quite separate from sorting out future parenting arrangements and dividing up property.

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FAMILY VIOLENCE
Family violence can affect the outcome of parenting disputes, and sometimes financial settlements. Victorian laws offer protection where there has been family violence.
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CHILD SUPPORT AND SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE
Child support and spousal maintenance can be important aspects of a financial settlement. We give advice and options as to the best approach and outcome
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SAME SEX RELATIONSHIPS
In most cases the law that applies to same sex relationships about parenting and financial issues is the same as the law that applies to heterosexual couples. There are, however, complex laws in relation to parenting.
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INTERNATIONAL
We live in a world where people are more likely to move overseas for work and study, or invest overseas, than they did in the past. As a result, separating couples need advice about their rights and entitlements under both Australian and overseas laws.
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COMPLEX FINANCIAL STRUCTURES
Some of the complex asset structures that we regularly deal with include family and unit trusts, companies, partnerships, joint ventures, businesses, property developments, self managed superannuation funds, share options and overseas trusts and assets.
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BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY

Separation and bankruptcy often coincide, or one may follow the other. We act for trustees in bankruptcy and the spouse of a bankrupt or potential bankrupt.

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SUPERANNUATION
Superannuation is treated as part of the property pool. Superannuation can be complex, particularly defined benefits and self-managed superannuation.
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DISPUTE RESOLUTION

There are many ways to resolve family law disputes. The options include negotiation, mediation, family dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation.

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THIRD PARTIES

Sometimes third parties become involved in the family law dispute between a separating couple. A person or a company might be owed money by the couple. Third parties might become involved in the dispute about a property settlement or about the future care of a child.

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