A de-facto relationship is defined as one in which a couple lives together in a genuine “domestic situation” and can encompass both opposite and same-sex couples. New legislation dealing with de facto relationships came into effect on 1 March 2009 which means that the Family Court now deals with all of the legal aspects of the separation, including any parenting agreement, property settlement and spouse maintenance, in the same way as a marriage breakdown for couples who separated after 1 March 2009.
The family law team at Coleman Greig has considerable experience in dealing with the issues that arise following the breakdown of a de-facto relationship.
We understand the difficulties involved and the unique nature of individual relationships. We take the time to get to know our clients and what is important and relevant to their matter, and we provide professional, reliable and practical advice that is tailored to their personal situation.
In addition to helping couples after a relationship breakdown, we can also provide advice to clients who may be considering entering into a de-facto relationship and want to protect their assets and financial independence.
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De-Facto Relationships - Our Clients
The experienced team of family lawyers at Coleman Greig can provide advice and assistance to clients with any family law issue. Whether you were married or in a de-facto relationship, with children or without, our specialist team can work with you to achieve the best possible results on your behalf.
We have helped separating couples with complex property and financial settlements, those who own family businesses and those with difficult and complicated parenting arrangements to resolve. In all cases, the breadth and depth of our collective experience and our access to expertise form a range of other areas have resulted in a successful outcome for our clients.
Below are some recent comments from family law clients;
“…thank you for the excellent work you did for me in my Property Settlement case…I thank you for reviewing my case so quickly and in such a diligent and thorough way…In much less time than expected, my case has been resolved and at minimal cost…I really hope you show this letter to some of your prospective clients because they should know that they’ll always be treated very carefully, with brutal honesty and with great respect.”
“Thanks does not even come close to expressing my appreciation for your wonderful work.”
"For me, the best part of dealing with Coleman Greig is that you feel like you are a part of a team - with everyone trying their hardest to help you, to resolve your issues quickly and effectively and keep you positive.... despite the circumstances"
"I want to thank you so much for all you have done to make my financial settlement possible. You have managed to keep the process moving, and to achieve a really good result. I really valued our meetings and appreciated your understanding of the situation and your incisive actions. Without you, it would not have happened."
"For me, the best part of dealing with Coleman Greig is that you don't feel like a client with a solicitor - it’s like being part of a family and everyone is trying to help you and keep you smiling, despite the circumstances"
"I want to thank you so much for all you have done to make my financial settlement possible. You have managed to keep the process going and to achieve a really good result. I have enjoyed our meetings and appreciated your understanding of the situation and incisive actions. Without you it would not have happened."
"I am sorry to say that I can't really help you to improve the service.... because I can’t think of anything you could improve! Everything was excellent in my experience and I wouldn’t suggest you change a thing"
"I wish there were bigger words to express my appreciation. Thank you does not seem enough somehow. I thank you for your professionalism, your calm empathy, and the example you are as to how to deal with a crisis. Naturally, I thank you for the rest as well."
"I want to personally thank you for everything you have done for me over the time of my case. You have been very kind and patient and I have appreciated it. Whatever the outcome, my sincere thanks. You have made a bad situation a little easier to deal with."
"Thank you so much for your objective advice and for anchoring me and working out what was in my best interests at a time when I thought my only option was to run to court. Although I would rather not go through this again, if anything comes up I will definitely keep you and Coleman Greig in mind."