There is a high proportion of blended families living on the Gold Coast. In 2021 10.9% of families living on the Gold Coast were step families and 4.3% were blended families. These figures were slightly higher than the figures for the rest of South East Queensland. Step families and blended families have their own beauty, but they also have their own special challenges and legal considerations. When complexities arise, professional support from an experienced family law solicitor may be required. Our family lawyers are based on the Gold Coast and are able to provide clear advice, guidance and ongoing support as your family dynamics change over time.
Parenting Arrangements in Blended Families
Blended families, comprising step-parents, step-siblings, and a mix of biological and non-biological children, may face legal issues regarding parental responsibility i.e custody, living arrangements and visitation arrangements.
It’s essential to have a clear and legally sound arrangement in place to prevent conflicts and confusion. As expert family law solicitors on the Gold Coast, our team can help mediate and negotiate parenting arrangements that ensure the children’s best interests are prioritised and that they maintain meaningful relationships with all parental figures.
A well drafted parenting plan or parenting consent order, prepared by a family lawyer who understands the dynamics and intricacies of blended families, can not only resolve legal issues in dispute but also bring practical insight and tips for making cross household schedules smoother and less stressful.
Child Support Arrangements
In blended families child support can be very complex and nuanced. Obtaining advice from a qualified family lawyer about the differences between child support assessments, limited child support agreements and binding child support agreements may bring a more suitable and tailored solution to child support arrangements.
Resolving Property and Financial Matters
When parties repartner quickly after separation without having resolved property and financial matters it can become complex and messy. There may be competing and overlapping interests and entitlements. Engaging a family lawyer to assist with property / financial settlement is crucial and formalising arrangements will bring peace of mind and security for the future.
How Can our Gold Coast Family Law Solicitors Help You?
Family law solicitors play a crucial role in helping blended families address their legal concerns. Whether you’re a step-parent seeking to establish your rights or a biological parent aiming to protect your child’s interests, or whether you’re trying to resolve property / financial matters, legal guidance is invaluable. Gold Coast family law firms, like New Way Lawyers, are well-versed in Australian family law, ensuring your family’s unique needs are met as soon as possible. Reach out for a free 20 minute phone call with one of our family lawyers.