Rowan Skinner is an LIV Accredited Family Lawyer in Melbourne who specialises in legal matters related to divorce and separations.
We can help you through property disputes arising from divorce or separations.
During most divorce proceedings, dividing property is one of the key issues and one of the more difficult times for both parties.
Watch: How do you settle property in Australia?
It is quite rare that a property settlement these days is as simple as selling a home and halving the money in a bank account. We lead complicated lives, and this is evident when it comes to property disputes between separating partners.
We recognise this is a stressful time and can act on your behalf to negotiate what is rightly yours, and if necessary fight for your fair share in court.
Most couple have jointly owned houses, vehicles, bank accounts, investments, and often loans or mortgages. There are also issues of superannuation accounts, family trusts, businesses. As you can imagine, finding a simple solution can be very difficult. When emotions are factored in, the difficulty often multiplies.
As accredited and experienced family lawyers, we have helped clients navigate complicated and heated divorces. If you are having problems with property disputes in your divorce, you can contact us for advice.
We offer a free half hour consultation, so we can understand your situation and provide realistic advice based on the facts.
This is basic process for property dispute resolution (see ‘How Does the Court Divide Property’):
- Clarify what property there is, and what mortgages or loans are attached to all property
- Establish how each spouse contributed to the accumulation of property in both financial and non-financial way.
- Establish any special needs for each partner. This can include age, illness, retraining for employment, cost of caring for children and other factors.
- Establish a just and fair way to divide up property based on the findings above.
We recognise the value of settling matters early. This can save both costs and stress. If this is not possible we can also represent you in the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court.
Our team can negotiate a suitable settlement and also prepare the legal documents necessary.
For more information from an experienced property settlement lawyer in Melbourne, contact us on (03) 9995 9155.
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Rowan represented me in the Magistrates Court and the County Court in relation to very serious charges. Rowan was thorough, professional and diligent in his preparation and responded appropriately to my needs. I was acquitted of all charges.
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