10 Common Legal Questions about Family Law in Queensland

Nov 10, 2023

Understanding Family Law in Queensland

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations. In Queensland, family law is governed by both state and federal legislation. It can be complex and confusing, but understanding the basics can help you navigate the legal system. Here are 10 common legal questions about family law in Queensland.

1. What is Family Law?

Family law is a branch of the legal system that deals with issues related to family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, and property settlement. It is governed by the Family Law Act 1975, which sets out the law on matters such as divorce, property division, and child custody.

2. How is Child Custody Determined?

In Queensland, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child. The court considers factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the child's wishes, and the ability of each parent to provide for the child's needs.

divorced woman hugging upset boy on her lap

3. How is Property Divided in a Divorce?

Property division in a divorce is determined by the court based on a four-step process. This includes identifying and valuing the assets, considering the contributions of each party, assessing the future needs of each party, and considering whether the proposed division is just and equitable.

4. Can I Represent Myself in Family Court?

Yes, you can represent yourself in family court. However, it is recommended to seek legal advice as family law can be complex and making a mistake can have serious consequences.

children in family court room in family law

5. What is a De Facto Relationship?

A de facto relationship is defined as a relationship between two adults who live together as a couple but are not married. In Queensland, de facto couples have the same rights as married couples when it comes to property settlement and child custody.

6. How Long Does a Divorce Take?

The length of a divorce process can vary depending on the circumstances. However, in general, a divorce can take around four months to finalize from the date of filing the application.

divorce in queensland

7. Can I Change My Child's Surname?

In Queensland, you can change your child's surname, but you will need the consent of the other parent or a court order. The court will only grant an order if it is in the best interests of the child.

8. What is a Parenting Order?

A parenting order is a set of orders made by a court about parenting arrangements for a child. It can cover things like who the child lives with, spends time with, and communicates with, as well as other aspects of the child's welfare.

9. What is a Binding Financial Agreement?

A binding financial agreement is a legal agreement that sets out how property and financial resources will be divided in the event of a relationship breakdown. It can be made before, during, or after a marriage or de facto relationship.

10. How Can I Apply for a Protection Order?

In Queensland, you can apply for a protection order if you or someone else is in danger of domestic violence. The application can be made at a local Magistrates Court, and there are services available to help you through the process.

woman standing protection order

Family law can be complex and emotional. It's important to seek legal advice to understand your rights and responsibilities. Remember, every family's situation is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with a legal professional for advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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