Can’t Pay Legal Fees?

The Family Court has the power to make your spouse make payments to you before final property settlement occurs.

This can be spousal maintenance payments. Please refer to our spousal maintenance page for details on how to claim spousal maintenance.

If you are entitled to receive a property settlement, but you do not presently have access to your property (such as real estate or cash) or the income it may earn, the Family Court may order the other party to transfer property to you, or pay money to you by way of an advance against your final property settlement.

Also, if you cannot pay your legal fees, the Court may order your spouse to make a contribution towards your legal costs if he/she has the capacity to do so.

It is very important that you obtain proper legal advice to understand your rights.

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Tannis Arnold
Partner/Director

Hello, I know it can be a stressful and worrying time for you when going through a divorce or separation. I am committed to providing you with personalised and effective advice. I am also passionate to obtain the best outcome for you at a cost effective and affordable price.

Tannis Arnold

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Teresa Sutherland
Partner/Director

Hello, I place the highest priority on giving you personalised service and to care and listen to your needs. I am also committed to avoid unnecessary expenses and protracted court proceedings by facilitating mediation services through negotiation.

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From people we’ve helped

Tannis, Teresa and team have really helped me to sort out my separation, property settlement and divorce.

I highly recommend them to anyone seeking assistance with any family legal matters. They are very professional, attentive and caring team who manage to achieve a very successful outcome. Thank you
Ana Calado
Stephanie has provided a professional and efficient service.

Everything has gone smoothly, and everything was resolved in a timely fashion.
Mark Peters
I have seen Tannis several times for legal advice for the last 2 years. Until early this year I finally decided to go through with my legal separation.

Tannis was so understanding and accommodating. During this emotional and stressful process she made it easy for me. I highly recommend Tannis and the team.
Tessa Coronel

We negotiate with both sides to avoid costly litigation and provide a better outcome for you.


 

We are Perth based Family Lawyers and want to help you find the best solution for your children, financial and property issues. If you are going through a divorce or separation and not sure what to do next, WE CARE. We know that this can be a stressful and worrying time and can offer you personal and professional advice to help you through.

We pride ourselves on providing personal services to our clients. We take the time to listen to fully understand your needs so that we can provide the best solution to your Family Law issue.