Gay Divorce Lawyers


Going through a divorce is hard enough, but navigating a legal system that’s still catching up to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community makes it more challenging. 

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    • Divorce & Separation: Handling the legalities of ending a marriage or partnership.
    • Property Matters: Assisting with the division of assets and property settlements.
    • IVO – Intervention Order: Providing legal help for intervention orders, which may be relevant in cases involving domestic violence or harassment.
    • Consent Orders: Helping to formalize agreements between parties, often related to property or child custody.
    • Child Custody: Offering legal advice and representation for matters involving child custody.

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      Why Our Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers

      Our specialised team of same-sex lawyers is not just skilled in the letter of the law; they’re attuned to the unique challenges and sensitivities of the LGBTQ+ community.

      We’re committed to offering personalised, compassionate service that respects your specific needs.

      With us, you’re not just another case but a valued client deserving of a fair and secure future.

      Our Family Lawyers

      Our lawyers have vast experience in Family Law. Whether your case involves a 50 million dollar business or a suburban house, a relocation with children to Preston or Paris, or a Divorce Application in Melbourne or Mumbai, rest assured that we know how to deal with it in the best possible way and obtain the best possible result for you.

      What Does the Law Say About Gay Marriage and Gay Divorce?

      In 2017, Australia legalised same-sex marriage, granting equal rights to all couples regardless of their sexual orientation.

      This landmark decision also meant that the laws governing divorce would apply equally to same-sex couples.

      Same-sex couples in Australia have the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples.

      They can marry, adopt children, and enjoy all the legal protections afforded to married couples.

      Legal Process of Same-Sex Divorce

      The process for obtaining a gay divorce in Australia is the same as for heterosexual couples. Governed by the Family Law Act 1975, couples must prove that their marriage has broken down irretrievably.

      Melbourne Family Lawyers is here to guide you every step of the way. Our services cover everything you’ll need, from the initial consultation to the final settlement.

      Whether it’s navigating property division, child custody disputes, or spousal support, our specialised same-sex lawyers provide tailored solutions to meet your unique needs.

      With us by your side, you can focus on moving forward, knowing that your legal matters are in expert hands.

      Separation Requirement

      The 12-month separation period before filing for divorce can be a time of emotional upheaval and uncertainty.

      Melbourne Family Lawyers can help guide you through this crucial period, offering legal advice and support.

      Property and Financial Settlement

      Dividing assets and debts can be a contentious issue, but it’s crucial to get it right.

      Our team at Melbourne Family Lawyers will work with you to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement.

      We’ll consider all the factors the courts consider, like each partner’s financial contributions and future needs, to craft an agreement that stands up in court.

      Child Custody

      When children are involved, their well-being is paramount.

      Our specialised lawyers are skilled in advocating for your child’s best interests in custody disputes.

      We’ll consider the court’s factors, such as the child’s relationship with each parent and their needs, to build the most robust case for you.

      Spousal Maintenance

      Spousal maintenance can be a complicated area of law, but it’s often a crucial part of divorce. Melbourne Family Lawyers can help you understand your rights and obligations and will advocate for a maintenance arrangement that reflects your circumstances.

      Whether you’re seeking support or expected to provide it, we’ll ensure the agreement is fair and sustainable.

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      How to Apply for Gay Divorce?

      Applying for a gay divorce in Australia follows the same procedure as any other divorce:

      1. Fulfil the Separation Requirement: You must be separated for at least 12 months before applying for a divorce.
      2. File a Divorce Application: You can file online through the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
      3. Serve the Divorce Papers: The other party must be served with the divorce papers, following specific legal procedures.
      4. Attend the Hearing if Required: If children are involved, or the divorce is contested, you may need to attend a hearing.


      Yes, Australia recognises same-sex divorces granted overseas, provided they meet certain conditions. The divorce must be legal in the jurisdiction where it was granted, and you must have been a resident there for at least a year before filing for divorce. Melbourne Family Lawyers can help you navigate the nuances of international divorce laws.

      For the first time in 2021, divorces among same-sex couples were officially documented.

       A total of 473 divorces were granted to same sex couples, accounting for 2.5% of all same-sex marriages from 2018 to 2021.

      In Australia, parental rights aren’t solely determined by biological connections. 

      If you’ve been a significant part of the child’s life and have shared responsibilities, you may have rights to custody or visitation. 

      Melbourne Family Lawyers can help you understand your rights and advocate for you in child custody disputes.

      Property and asset division is determined based on contributions made by each party during the marriage and their future needs. 

      Courts aim for a fair and equitable split. 

      Melbourne Family Lawyers can help you negotiate a property settlement agreement that is both fair and likely to be approved by the court.

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