Guiding you through and beyond separation
When you need Family Law advice and services, please talk to us at Kin Lawyers because this is an area of speciality in which our collaborative approach aims to help resolve issues and provide clarity with the least amount of conflict.
If you’re separating, thinking about separating, or have separated, there are different challenges that arise in the various stages. This page will help you identify the things you need to address and questions you need to consider at your stage of this journey.
We cover Adelaide and South Australia with offices based in Glenelg and Gawler, and conference rooms available elsewhere, so we can make our services not only practical and clear, but also convenient.
If you’d prefer an online consultation, we offer them, too. Our virtual appointments can be run over the phone or through the use of online video meeting technology.
Extra resources: At the bottom of this page, we’ve created a list of useful links for separating families. We hope you find them helpful. Click for Resources for Separating Families.
The 5 Stages Of Separation
These stages of separation are not necessarily numerical steps. However, from our work as specialists in Family Law, we hope they’ll help you identify what support and advice would be the most helpful for you, right now, depending on your situation or “stage”.
Future Proofing Your Life
Thinking About Separating
Fear of the unknown can hold you back from separation. While it can be difficult, it might also be the key to your health and happiness. With clear options you can make decisions with confidence; intellectually, emotionally, and practically.
There’s enough change, grief, and insecurity following separation, without the burden of contradictory advice and opinions. We can help you get clarity with the practical and legal issues you’re facing, and map out a plan to get you to the other side.
Separated To Sorted
Just like the captain of a sailing ship giving the order to “make full sail”, it can be exhilarating to be finally separated and on your way to having your affairs sorted. But ships can run into hidden reefs, so you still need to keep an eye out for the unexpected along your way.
Even after the dust settles, new grit can accumulate around issues like co-parenting or previously-overlooked financial statements. We can help you address them once and for all, and even help you put some clever thinking into place to prepare for new relationships.
Useful Links and Resources for Separating Families
- Department of Human Services for separated parents
find payments and services, apply for child support online, child support assessment information and online guides about child support, family payments and assistance, family and domestic violence
- See also Centrelink and Child Support pages
- ASIC Money Smart Guide – divorce and separation – tools and checklists including first steps when you separate and divorce/separation financial checklist
- PENDA App– A free app for women experiencing financial abuse
- South Australia’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – an avenue for a person who may be at risk of domestic violence to get information about their partner (or former partner) to help make decisions about their safety and the future of the relationship
- Family Relationships Online – Australian Government resource with Information on family law services including types of help – counselling, family mediation and dispute resolution, legal advice, financial advice and downloadable resources
- Family Relationships Advice line – 1800 058 321
Family Relationships information booklets
- It’s for the Kids
- Children and separation
- Parenting orders handbook
- Questions and Answers About Separation for Children
- Supporting Children after Separation Program
- Legal Services Commission of South Australia Law Handbook – family relationships information
- Family law courts information and publications – Federal Circuit Court of Australia Family Court of Australia