Watkins Tapsell’s Guide to Separation and Family Law

or, Everything You Need to Know before You Divorce but are Afraid to Ask

by Matthew Coates, Kristy Durrant & Jamie Roche

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781504305051

About the Book

There’s no getting around it: Deciding to get divorced is one of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make, and going through one is not easy.

But you can make it easier by arming yourself with information, knowing what to expect, and protecting your interests.

Three partners with the Watkins Tapsell law firm answer the questions you have about divorce but are afraid to ask in this guide, and they also share answers to questions you should be asking but haven’t considered. Find out how to:

• identify a support network at the start of the separation process;

• notify your partner that the marriage is over;

• work out post-separation living arrangements;

• tailor a negotiation approach based on your partner’s emotional status; and

• protect yourself if faced with the risk of violence.

The authors also explore what you need to do to ensure you don’t lose a jointly-owned home, ways to make divorce easier on children, and how to navigate the complicated emotions that arise when a marriage ends.

Protect yourself and your loved ones—physically, financially, and emotionally—with this essential guide for anyone contemplating or going through a divorce.

About the Author

Matthew Coates is a partner at the law firm Watkins Tapsell and has been pracitising family law in Sydney, Australia, since 1980. He has experienced the difficulties faced by ordinary people as they go through divorce, which inspired him to write this book. He lives in Southern Sydney with his wife and two daughters and enjoys golf, playing guitars, and singing.

Kristy Durrant is a partner at Watkins Tapsell and an accredited specialist in family law. She has been practising law since 2004 and is a trained mediator. She formerly was a primary school teacher and worked as a lawyer with the Department of Education. She lives with her husband and three children in Southern Sydney.

Jamie Roche is a partner at Watkins Tapsell. He began his law career in 2002 in the United States and is a member of the bar in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is now practising law in Australia. Throughout his career, he has practised extensively in family law, and he is an accredited mediator. He lives in Southern Sydney with his wife and two sons.