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Navigate Through Your Divorce With Confidence & Peace of Mind

 

At Rockwell Bates

At Rockwell Bates, we believe that getting a divorce isn’t just about the end of a marriage, but it’s an opportunity for both individuals to start over and open a new chapter in their life – one that’s more independent, happier and aligned to what you want out of life.

If you’re experiencing relationship breakdowns and looking to apply for a divorce, our lawyers at Rockwell Bates are here to help. We’re here to assist you through the entire process and provide the support you need. From the moment you speak with our lawyers, you’ll be assured to feel taken care of, listened to, and most importantly feel confident that you’ll get the outcome you want out of your divorce. 

From same sex relationships, to IVF and surrogacy born children, through to part time co-habitation arrangements and blended families sometimes across two or three previous relationships, we help with all types of relationship arrangements and divorce proceedings.

Rockwell Bates brings expertise across a diverse range of family and divorce matters. To learn more, get in touch with us by giving us a call or submitting a form.

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Meet Our Exceptional Divorce Lawyers

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Alicia Zuanetti

FAMILY LAWYER

The Rockwell Bates Unique Approach

1. Challenge the “norms”

We believe that to get the right outcome for clients who have complex lives and structures you don’t simply just go with convention. Mediocre results come from apathy and just following the precedents… but exceptional results, Rockwell Bates results ….come from challenging them !

2. Take a View

Our client’s pay for advice. Our lawyers are direct, honest and don’t just tell you want you want to hear. Options are important to understand but success comes from giving direction and taking action not fence sitting !

3. Be Human

We know that matters we advise on are usually a human problem as much as a legal issue. In Family Law we place an emphasis ensuring that the separation process is dignified and, where possible, resolved outside of court. As evidence of this Rockwell Bates provide access to free Mental Health and Wellbeing coaches to support you and your family through difficult times. In Private Client matters we tailor an all-encompassing strategy that is future-proof and provides protection no matter how unique or complex your circumstances may be. We also understand the personal dynamics and sensitive issues that come with Estate Planning, Asset Protection and even when you are being investigated by various tax authorities.

4. Relentless

Compassion for our clients and focus on the human element of a matter is core to our DNA, but please don’t engage Rockwell Bates if you want your lawyers to be slow, unresponsive or will easily give up. We are relentless, we run 24/7, and we will leave stone unturned in finding a solution for you.

Applying For a Divorce? Here’s What You Need to Know

In Australia, you can apply for a divorce only after you have been separated from your partner for over at least one year. Since the 1976 Family Law Act established the ‘no-fault divorce’ system, there is no need to prove that the divorce or breakdown of a marriage was due to the fault of a certain party.

Therefore, the only requirement to apply for a divorce is to prove that the marriage has ‘broken down irretrievably’ meaning the marriage cannot be salvaged or mended – i.e. through marriage and couples counselling etc.

However, as mentioned before, divorce settlements require evidence that both individuals have been separated for at least one year.

If you’re only looking to settle disputes and arrangements regarding shared children under 18 years of age with your spouse, then this can be dealt with immediately and does not require waiting a certain time period. See our Child & Parenting Arrangements page for more.

Likewise, if you’re only looking to settle asset or property issues or disputes, these too can also be dealt with immediately and do not require waiting a certain time period. See Private Client page for more.

If your spouse does not agree to the divorce, it may still be possible for the court to continue with your divorce application without the other spouse present, given that you can prove separation for over one year as well as necessary arrangements have been made in relation to any shared children.

After your final divorce hearing, the outcome or order by the judge does not take full effect until 4 weeks after the order has been given.

Divorce Costs & Fees

If you’re looking to apply for a divorce but concerned about the costs and fees, we’re here to support you financially until you get the settlement or outcome you’re after.

At Rockwell Bates, we have been able to secure an innovative funding solution to allow you to access your legal or equitable interests in your matrimonial home, to fund our ongoing fees and ensure you get the best legal representation for your divorce and family law matter.

Under our solution in most cases * :

  • You only pay a low interest rate on the money that you actually use to pay our fees,
  • It is limited recourse back to your interests in your matrimonial house, and
  • You only make repayments when you get the money from the sale of your  matrimonial house or upon a lump sum payment from your spouse.

*This is general information only and is not to be relied upon. Any costs, fees and security requirements will be clearly outlined in the loan documentation which is provided by our finance partner and may differ from the above.

Getting a divorce may be a complex process, but at Rockwell Bates we assure you that our expert divorce lawyers will be able to be right beside you and support you throughout the process.

If you’re after legal advice for your divorce, get in touch with our lawyers today on 03 8657 8596.