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Need a Divorce; But, Aren’t Sure Where to Start?

When you need a divorce, the situation can be serious. Not knowing where to start makes the situation that much more devastating. Platinum Lawyers offers the following information on where to begin.

Legal Help

The first step in seeking help to begin a divorce process is to contact a Sydney attorney. If you have children, a lawyer will be of great service in protecting both your rights and the children’s rights are a priority. If you are not sure if you are yet ready for a divorce, an attorney can provide you with alternative to divorce that you may be unaware of. Platinum Lawyers specialises in divorce, custody issues and family law.

Mediation and Negotiation

Couples going through a separation or divorce can find mediation helpful. In mediation, a mediator is present who is a neutral third party and not in a legal position to bind the parties such of that of a judge. Mediation is setup for both parties to meet in a neutral environment with the mediator present who helps them to try to come to terms with different aspects of dissolving their marriage. During mediation, specific issues will be addressed like properties division, custody of the children if any, and the distribution of assets and liabilities. The entire idea of mediation is to resolve all disputes, having each party come to an agreement.

Mediators are trained professionals who can help even the most distant couple to come to terms to a resolution without the need to resort to litigation. Mediation is also much more affordable than a lengthy litigation battle, making it a more cost efficient choice.


If the couple finds it impossible to agree with one another on anything during mediation, then a lawsuit may be filed. If this is your situation, a Sydney lawyer is your best option to help you in the process. Some individuals opt to file the lawsuit themselves. If you feel this is something you can undertake, there are a number of forms available online as well as many law libraries that can help you through the process. All forms must be filed and filed accurately, or your case will be delayed or you may be required to re-file.

Depending on your state, you may be required to first file “dissolution” or a petition for divorce. Your ex will need to be served a summons, and you will be required to provide affidavits regarding your possessions, liabilities and assets. Once this is completed, your ex must file a response and financial affidavits in return. Regardless of whether your ex-agrees to the divorce, you can obtain a divorce.


Once you have filed the lawsuits, or you and your ex-have reached an agreement, a judge will have the binding say so. All agreements entered into both you and your ex or hear evidence will then be reviewed by the judge. It is the role of the judge to ensure that the distributions of support obligations and marital property are satisfied. Most often, if you and your ex-have come to an agreement that is reasonable, the judge will uphold the agreement.

A determination is then made and the marriage is dissolved, and a divorce decree will be issued. Both parties will receive a copy of the divorce decree which will be needed to help separate creditor obligations as well as the female to take back your maiden name. The Divorce Lawyer decree will also be the point of reference to determine whether or not each spouse has fulfilled their obligations under the divorce as well as paid all requisite support.


When you are in a marriage where the love is gone, you can no longer work together or the marriage has become abusive, then a divorce is necessary. Seeking a Sydney attorney is a solution as you will have someone who has your best interests at hand as well as represent you in the legal process. Divorces can be complicated affairs; and, they are a time when emotions are high and heads are unclear. Legal assistance Sydney will help you through the difficult time.

Platinum Lawyers offers divorce, custody issues and family law who do have your best interest at heart. To speak with a Sydney attorney just call the number below. With one call to Platinum Lawyers, you can begin to put your mind at ease. We are experienced and knowledge in and out of the courtroom and offer the understanding you require at this trying time.

CALL (02) 8084 2764

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