In both marriages and de facto relationships, couples can make binding financial agreements, whether before, during or after the relationship or marriage. Most people have heard of a pre-nuptial agreement, which is perhaps the best known type of financial agreement.
Financial Agreements Team
Tim Ryan - Director
These agreements can cover a variety of matters:
- what is to happen if a separation occurs,
- what is to happen on a day to day basis, and
- what is to happen on the death of a partner.
If the proper formalities are complied with, such agreements will in almost all cases stop a court becoming involved and making property orders. Obviously the benefit of a binding agreement is that if a relationship does not work out, there is no room for an argument about who gets what - that has already been agreed.
Financial agreements are very desirable where there is a big discrepancy in the financial positions of the couple, and are often used when a young couple is receiving substantial help from one of their parents. They are also important in second relationships, where both parties may have children of their own whom they want to protect financially.
One of the trends in recent years has been the mature age repartnering. Here a couple may have children and grandchildren, and substantial assets. In these cases, careful planning will usually require not just a financial agreement, but wills and powers of attorney as well.
No one starts a marriage or de facto relationship believing that it will fail, but the sad fact is that over a third will fail. Having a binding agreement is not necessarily a sign of pessimism, but rather an acceptance of a possibility. For many though, broaching the subject is very difficult, and in our experience sooner rather than later is important - presenting an agreement on the steps of the church is not recommended!
How we can help
The Family Law Team at Quinn & Scattini Lawyers is experienced with financial agreements. We can discuss an agreement with you, prepare one for you or advise you about one you have been asked to sign. It is our job to make sure an agreement gives you the protection or the entitlements that you want. With over 40 years’ experience, Q&S’s Family Law Team are experts in the family law field. The team also boasts two Accredited Family Law Specialists.
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In addition, the time spent provides you with an opportunity to assess whether our family solicitor is the right one for you during this important and often stressful transition in your life.
We understand that the urgent, and often unavoidable, nature of family law matters may leave you financially blindsided.
If eligible, we may be able to represent you on a “deferred fee basis”. This arrangement means your legal fees can be paid at pre-determined intervals for example, following the sale of a property or at the conclusion of your matter. Our expert lawyers will keep you up-to-date with costs, allowing you to stay in control of spend.
To determine your eligibility, call Q&S on 1800 999 529, or alternatively submit an online enquiry below. This aspect can also be discussed during an initial consultation.
Please note, we do not offer “no win no fee” arrangements for family law matters.
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