divorce lawyers Doolan Wagner
Separation Lawyers North Sydney
Separation can be an emotionally stressful time – we help you move forward

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Doolan Wagner can guide you through the decision-making process, by helping you to decide how you would like to manage many of the practical aspects of your separation — from dividing assets, to deciding where you will live and how parenting arrangements might work.

Many of these practical decisions can be difficult for couples to properly consider when emotions are heightened. This is where we can help. Our experienced separation lawyers can take you through the possible scenarios, and offer practical and legal advice as to how best to achieve an amicable and favourable solution.

We can give you an assessment of how the Courts are likely to view your relationship and the factors it is likely to consider should your matter need to progress to litigation. By having this understanding, and being fully prepared, it will help you to avoid lengthy and costly legal processes where possible, and give you more control over your future.

We are a firm of confident litigators, who do not succumb to intimidating tactics. Our approach is always to seek a positive solution, and we are willing to hold strong for the interests of our clients if need be.

Separating under one roof

In certain instances, your matter may be complicated if you wish to separate but continue to live under one roof. If you are contemplating this, please contact us so you fully understand how these living arrangements may affect the finalisation of your matter.

It is also important to note that, if you are receiving any government payments, separation under one roof could also affect those payments.

In certain instances, your matter may be complicated if you wish to separate but continue to live under one roof. If you are contemplating this, please contact us so you fully understand how these living arrangements may affect the finalisation of your matter.

It is also important to note that, if you are receiving any government payments, separation under one roof could also affect those payments.

Are You In A De Facto Relationship?

In Australia, more people are choosing to live together without getting married. When you separate, how your relationship is defined can have a significant impact on how your property and assets might be divided, and whether maintenance can be applied.

With De Facto Relationships being treated increasingly like marriages, with the same ability to have the court make determinations, it’s important to know both your rights as well as your responsibilities.

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Important points to remember

No two matters are the same

We understand that no two matters are the same. We will assess your particular circumstances and provide you with tailored legal advice to move forward with confidence.

Early specialist advice can be an invaluable investment

Having the benefit of early specialist advice from one of our experienced family lawyers will help you gain a good understanding of how best to protect all your interests moving forward.

Staying in control during your separation is critical

We ensure that you stay in control of your matter by mapping out all reasonable options and guiding you every step of the way.  Staying in control during separation will mean that you obtain the best possible final outcome for you and your family.

Keeping level-headed and on track can set you apart

We understand that separation can be an emotionally difficult time, particularly in circumstances which involve children or complex property matters. This is where we step in.  We help you stay well on top of your matter by ensuring that you fully understand all possible options, rights and obligations. This will help you stay level-headed and on track.  Knowing what to expect and how best to navigate challenges keeps you on the right path.

Plan, plan and plan

Our aim is to help you achieve a tailored and favourable outcome in an efficient manner. Everyday we advise clients in relation to their options, rights and obligations during and after separation. Given that we are experts in this field, we can quickly identify the important aspects of your matters and help you secure a quick and favourable outcome.

Separation Lawyers FAQ's

What are the first steps involved in the separation process between couples?

Separation is widely recognised to be one the major stresses that anyone can face. It is second only to facing the death of a loved one. Taking the time to gather your thoughts and then seeking good advice before you do or say anything is crucial. Once this is underway, you are better equipped to decide what is the best path ahead for you.

How do I do separation right?

Separation takes its toll on every aspect of your life.  It’s therefore important to:

  1. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally and seek help if you are slipping.
  2. Remember to keep your children’s best interests foremost in your mind.
  3. Be realistic that it is likely to take some time before everything will be sorted out and you will be able to move forward with confidence.
  4. Reassess your expectations. You separated for a reason so things are likely to be different. Expecting the same will only lead to disappointment.
What is there to know about the separation process?

Initially the best thing to know is where to go for help. Choosing the right family lawyer for you can make a big difference to the outcome of your matter. Knowing what questions to ask is also really important. Write a list of questions for your lawyer so you leave the lawyer’s meeting fully informed.

What should I avoid during the separation process?

It’s very tempting to rely on friends for advice when times get tough. However don’t mistake your friend’s opinion for sound and reliable family law advice. Trying to manage the fallout of a separation yourself is probably short sighted. In brief, don’t think that you need to go it alone.

Will separation from my partner end up badly?

Nearly all family law matters settle without the need for a final hearing in the Court. Litigation should be considered as a last resort for most families. With the help of a good family lawyer you can reach a sensible and workable agreement with your ex most of the time.

How can I stay in control during the separation process?

Five of the best things that you can do include:

  1. Get expert advice early.
  2. Gather all the facts and documents.
  3. Stay focussed on the outcome you want to achieve and don’t get sidelined by distractions.
  4. Balance this challenge with your day to day life.
  5. Ask questions if you are unsure of what the “next steps” are.
What will I tell the kids when I intend to separate from my wife, husband or partner?

Choosing the right time to tell your children that you are separating can almost be as important as what you actually say to them. When the opportunity presents itself keep the message simple. Avoid blaming the other parent and provide lots of reassurance. Having a plan, even for the immediate future can be comforting for children at this time.

What will the separation process cost?

A separation and divorce can be expensive. Getting the best advice up front can help you save thousands of dollars. We offer a no obligation fixed fee initial consultation for $350. Every one of our clients report back to us that the meeting with us was invaluable. Your children and your finances are two of the most important things in the world. A relatively small investment initially can make a big difference to the outcome in the end.

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