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Divorce and separation are our primary areas of practice. Schedule your cost-free initial consultation with our highly experienced Geelong divorce lawyers today to gain clarity on your situation.

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We Simplify The Process

If you have a complex divorce situation or don’t have time to organise your application, our team will simplify the process for you.

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Our family law team will provide the legal advice you need and take care of the divorce paperwork for you.

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Getting a divorce may not be the final step for you. We can advise you on parenting arrangements and property settlement, too.

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Why Work With Pearsons Family Lawyers?

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Our Team Understand Your Divorce & De Facto Separation Needs

As dedicated Divorce Law specialists, we work with many individuals and families after a relationship breakdown.

Given the intricate nature of contemporary relationships, our approach extends beyond paperwork to emphasise interpersonal dynamics.

We can help with:

  • General legal advice on divorce & separation matters.
  • Preperation & handling of divorce applications.
  • Managing separation declarations, including separation situations under the same roof.
  • Affirming the existence of de facto relationships.
  • Addressing matters related to both marital and same-sex relationships.

Get a Fair Outcome with our Divorce Lawyers

With more than 35 years of experience, our Geelong Family Lawyers specialise in divorce and separation. Our team is highly skilled and knowledgeable in handling these sensitive matters. We take pride in our ability to remain calm, courageous, and focused, particularly during crisis situations.

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Client Reviews & Testimonials

Professional. Helpful and very easy to deal with.
Luisa Modesti
Luisa M.
21:26 15 Feb 24
I was recommended to go to Pearsons Lawyers and speak to Leanne Abela about my family law matter. I was told that Leanne and her team will win your case! From my initial meeting to my very last court hearing Pearson’s Lawyers have provided exceptional professionalism and the highest level of compassion during one of the most challenging times in my life. Louis Horsley was appointed my solicitor and his expertise, knowledge and genuine care for me and my two young boys was unbelievable. We had a complex legal case and nothing thrown his way was left defeated. Louis is extremely committed he ensured I got the best outcome and kept me grounded and focused through the whole process. To come away with the win was an unbelievable feeling and to be able to trust a team of people who were fighting my battle with me, was truly remarkable! Thank you Louis, Kenny, Karen, Christine, and Leanne! You are amazing people to do the work you do and deal with the stress of your clients with such respect and grace! I am forever grateful! Louis you are an absolute legend and I wish you all the success in your career, you are amazing!
Dahnielle Fox
Dahnielle F.
12:16 06 Feb 24
I dealt with a difficult case where goal posts changed and an inconsistent and nasty approach from the other side dragged proceedings on for a long time. Kenny with great support from Joe lead me through the details and assured me of the process. Amanda was great closing out with a completely unexpected win for my children and I.The team at Glenroy as a whole is warm, welcoming, supportive and professional, I wasn't mislead in any way and prepped well for whatever situation we were facing, I applaud the team as they really do go along the journey with you.I hope anyone reading this doesn't face the same as I did but if you're looking for a good all round professional and experienced team, look no further than Pearson's Glenroy. Stay patient and listen to their advise.Thanks to Kenny, Joe, Amanda, Loriene, Jayne, Christine, Sam, Andrew, Venus and anyone else remotely associated with my case, life changing and appreciated.Regards,Nick E
Nicholas Eilers
Nicholas E.
00:04 07 Sep 23
Venus PhamI uldlike to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through thos months in dealing with this very stressful case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation, and I know that you will be on my side until the very end. And thanks Leanne for her unforgettable support.❤️
Edivania De Oliveira
Edivania De O.
23:50 26 Jul 23
I met with Jacqui Spry. She was the most down to earth and up front person I’ve ever come across. She never gave up on me. Jacqui always let me know what was happening and what could happen along the way. She kept the fees down as much as she could under the circumstances. It was the most traumatic time I’ve ever had in my whole life (a horrible domestic violence situation), although she helped me keep it together. She helped me to do what I thought was the undoable. Jacqui was fantastic and I’m so glad I had her to represent me. 😊
Leanne Beattie
Leanne B.
06:39 27 Jun 23
Thank you to Leanne and Louis and the team at Pearsons (Glenroy). The Pearsons team secured a great result for me and I am very grateful for their assistance and professionalism throughout our engagement. Thanks again
Iman G
Iman G
11:31 26 Apr 23
Very informative
Dobbie Porter
Dobbie P.
11:25 18 Apr 23
Exceptional service, guidance and professionalism. Highly recommended
meagan evans
meagan E.
05:37 06 Feb 23
Leanne, Anne and Deborah have been remarkable! These professional women are transparent, honest, hardworking and most importantly they remain child focused at all times without a doubt. They have gone well above and beyond expectations and they are respectful, understanding and empathetic. They were recommended to me by a highly regarded criminal Lawyer as being extremely well respected Lawyers within the Family Court system - this is accurate on every level as they have conducted themselves with professionalism. Anne, Deborah and Leanne are extremely knowledgable, most certainly ethical and absolutely fearless!I have experienced first hand that practising Family Law is not simply just a job for Anne, Deborah and Leanne, but rather a passion for enhancing family peace and security.
Sarah Halloran
Sarah H.
05:46 11 Nov 22
Joe your a gun, i cant thank you enough for your assistance. Considering the last min notice you and your team came through for me, i can only imagine what you could of accomplished on a much larger time frame. Straight to the point no bs i only wish I knew about you sooner. Family law specialist see Joe at Pearsons you wont be disappointed. I look forward to working with you in the future and once again i can't express my gratitude enough , better to have him on side than against thats for sure.🙏🙏 thank you, thank you! I'll definitely be recommending your firm and your services. 🙂
Elizabeth Zourkas
Elizabeth Z.
05:41 13 Oct 22
My Father recommended Pearsons Lawyers to me years ago Then recently another trusted referral. From Solicitors Leanne, Brenda, Vertiy, Karen at Reception. The team are fantastic. Understanding. Sincerely interested in protecting your welfare and have your best interests at heart. I feel safe with Pearsons Lawyers looking after me. Thankyou Pearsons Lawyers.
Birute Ohlmann
Birute O.
02:27 26 Sep 22
Cannot recommend Helen Le at pearsons lawyers enough! From the start til very end Helen was extremely helpful and put up with my constant calls annoying her with all the silly questions and worrying. Helen always listened to me and actually helped me come out with a lot better outcome then I expected. Once again can not recommend Helen enough!!
Aaron Tomkinson
Aaron T.
02:24 18 Jul 22
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the process for filing for a divorce?

There are two methods for initiating the divorce process. The first approach involves consulting a lawyer, while the second entails using a DIY divorce kit. The fundamental requirement for obtaining a divorce is that you must have lived apart for 12 months.

In some cases, a situation arises where either the husband or the wife is unable to move out of the marital home, and this is known as ‘separation under the same roof.’

To substantiate this circumstance, it is necessary to have a family member or a friend who can confirm that there has been separation under the same roof for 12 months.

Once you have established this primary requirement of a 12-month separation, you can approach a lawyer to initiate the divorce application if you do not wish to do it yourself.

Ensure that you bring your marriage certificate along to your appointment, as it must be presented to the Court as proof of a valid marriage. If you do not have one or do not have access to it, please speak to our team about your options. If your marriage was not officiated, you can apply for an annulment.

When can you apply for a divorce?

The sole ground for divorce in Australia is a 12-month separation that proves a complete marriage breakdown. Separation is usually straightforward if parties live in separate houses. If living together, an independent person must confirm the separation.

This is usually done by means of one or both parties providing a written statement (affidavit) that a Justice of the Peace signs, indicating that parties live together but are no longer in a partnership. If filing within two years of marriage, counselling or permission from the Court will be required.

How much is a divorce going to cost?

Securing a divorce typically costs about $1,000 plus government filing fees, with varying expenses based on case intricacies. Documenting and formalising parenting orders, property settlements, or financial support agreements may cost under $6,000 if straightforward.

Legal costs depend on case complexity and legal input, often billed by time blocks or negotiated fixed fees. Additional expenses may arise for valuations or accounting advice. Cost discussions occur during the initial consultation, with regular updates to keep clients informed.

Parenting orders about children, documenting and formalising a property settlement and entering into private arrangements for the financial support of children through a Binding Child Support Agreement or a Consent Order can all be achieved relatively quickly and inexpensively.

What if there is a history of domestic violence?

If you are the Applicant and are seeking protection through a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) for yourself and/or your children, we can provide guidance on available options and arrange legal representation for all hearings.

For Respondents, we are prepared to defend your interests and strive to expedite the resolution of your dispute in a cost-effective manner.

We can also represent you or arrange legal representation at crucial stages like the Mention, Directions Hearing, and Contested Hearing when required.

How are assets & liabilities calculated in a divorce?

During divorce proceedings, there is no calculation of property assets because property settlements and financial agreements are not required just to get a divorce. Financial settlement is a separate procedure, often done at the same time as parenting arrangements are decided. Property matters must be commenced within 12 months of your divorce being finalised.

Assets to consider in your settlement include your family home, investments, vehicles, shares, superannuation, jewellery, furniture, bank accounts (including children’s accounts), and collections like stamps, art, and memorabilia. Real estate appraisals and reliable sources can help determine their value.

What arrangements do I need to make for our children after divorce and separation?

Divorce and separation can be much more complex when children are involved, which is why it’s important for adults involved to do their best to make practical arrangements for co-parenting or parenting that are in the best interests of the children involved. Helping your children understand that they will still be able to spend quality time with both parents (in most cases) is often reassuring amidst the difficulties inherent in a relationship split.

Mediation can be a great way for parents to talk through arrangements and voice their wishes and concerns, which can create a Parenting Plan that is finalised into Consent Orders. A Parenting Plan is like a roadmap or list of agreements and arrangements – and is not a formal legal document. Consent Orders, which are binding legal orders, can be made when both parents are happy with a Parenting Plan that has been drawn up.

Decision-making and time with each parent may be shared ‘50/50’, or it may reflect a myriad of factors that best suit the children’s needs. New laws have been introduced in 2023 that focuses on the child’s best interests when making parenting arrangements.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

Getting a divorce itself is very straightforward and, in most cases, won’t take much time at all. Matters like parenting and property settlement are more likely to take an extended amount of time in some cases.

Every family law matter is unique, and resolution times vary accordingly. Some parents reach quick parenting agreements, while financial matters can be swiftly settled with amicable consent orders or binding financial agreements. Negotiations often involve exchanging letters and documents, sometimes through roundtable conferences or mediation.

In rare cases, litigation becomes necessary with family law matters. Most property and parenting matters initiated in the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court find resolution along the litigation journey, resulting in formal Orders without judicial intervention.However, complex issues, judicial availability, and the pressure of the court systems can extend the process from months to several years.

As specialist family lawyers, Pearsons Lawyers understand the nuances of the Family Law Act and find that court proceedings are generally only used as a last resort, pursued if essential for closure.

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Step 1: Schedule Your Complimentary Appointment

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Step 2: Get Expert Legal Advice

Clarify all your queries, explore your alternatives, comprehend your rights, and obtain clarity on the financial aspects of your divorce.

Step 3: Gain Clarity

You’ll receive the advice and support essential for moving forward, with a focus on creating a fair and equitable outcome.
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During your initial free consultation we will:

  • Discuss your circumstances.
  • Answer any questions about the divorce process.
  • Discuss your options.
  • Advise you of your entitlements.
  • Provide you with information about the cost of a divorce and separation.

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