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Jim, Stephanie and Jeremy Maspero: Divorce Lawyers

Maspero’s lawyers are some of Sydney’s best and leading divorce lawyers.

Your legal dream team are here and ready! At Maspero Legal, you will be dealing directly with a family law solicitor from start to end – we go a step further than just doing the legal work for you.

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The outcome of a divorce or a separation changes the course of your life and Maspero Legal are equipped to handle every stage of your matter.

In Australia, the Federal Circuit Court and Family Courts both hear and grant divorce, separation and spousal maintenance cases. With complex laws changing constantly, these Courts are a stressful place to be in and it is important to have an experienced Family Law Lawyer who is able to navigate through your matter with you.

We regularly use negotiation and mediation to resolve divorce and separation matters as they are mutually beneficial settlement methods. With many different styles of negotiation and mediation such as round-table or shuttle, these methods of resolving family law disputes are less stressful and emotional than that of going to Court. These methods are cheaper and faster to.

How to apply for a divorce?

To apply for a divorce you need a certificate issued by the court which is usually granted after 12 months of continuous separation. A Court isn’t interested in the reason why you divorced (no-fault divorce) and you can be granted the certificate even if you are still living with your ex-partner. However, you need to satisfy the Court that you are separated. This is known as the living under the same roof principle.

Read more on what are the requirements for a divorce?

What is a legal separation?

A legal separation is similar to a divorce in the way that you will still have to negotiate division of your assets and property as well as child and spousal support with your spouse if this is applicable to your situation. Being legally separated means that both spouses live apart but are still legally married until a divorce is approved by the family Court.

Read more on why choosing legal separation versus divorce?

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What is spousal maintenance?

Spousal maintenance in Australia is when one person provides / receives ongoing financial support for / from their former partner following the breakdown of their marriage or de facto relationship.

Read more: spousal and de facto maintenance explained

If you are separated or divorced from a partner who has been supporting you during the relationship, you may be entitled to apply to have that financial support continued by way of spousal maintenance.

Applied for through the Family Court, spousal maintenance is where payments are made by one partner to a former partner. These payments can be made periodically or in lump sum format and are usually granted for a set period (therefore, not forever).

Whilst there is no set formula in determining amounts, a Court will look at a range of factors in determining what amount should be awarded, the frequency and for how long.

Stephanie and Jim Maspero: Divorce lawyers
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Client testimonials

What I like about Maspero Legal is that it’s a no bullshit policy. They are not out to take your money, this is their passion and they are genuine in helping people and their Family Law matters.

5-star review from Louise H

We recently used Jeremy’s Maspero Legal services for my Family Law issue. His input, advise and professionalism was invaluable and made the whole process easy. I would highly recommend the firm.

5-star review from Hank A

Maspero Legal service has been excellent. I did not have to go out of my way to discuss issues in relation to my family legal case. Jeremy always made himself available as required. The service was prompt and was worth the dollars invested. I recommend Maspero Legal service to others as you will not regret.

5-star review from Shalini B

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Brookvale Office

Level 2, 7 Grosvenor Pl, Brookvale
NSW 2100

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L1/1401 Botany Rd,
Botany NSW 2019

Phone: +61 2 8052 3322

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