Separation made Simpler – there’s a new App for that!4-August-2020 Family Law By Simone Green
On 30 June 2020, the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon. Christian Porter announced the introduction of a new online government funded digital service for separated couples; designed to assist couples to organise their parenting and financial affairs amicably and cost effectively without going to Court.
Developed by National Legal Aid at a cost of $3 million, ‘amica’ is a starting point for separating couples who feel they can communicate effectively to discuss and negotiate issues around separating finances and parenting arrangements amica is currently free but will attract a fee from 1 January 2021.
Although the amica online tool can be used to record agreements and assist to prepare parenting plans, it is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining specialist family law advice. The platform is designed to assist people with very simple property interests, low funds and where there is no family conflict or violence. More information can be found at www.amica.gov.au.
However, not all family breakdowns are simple. Every family has its own unique challenges and the task of taking the next step can be overwhelming. This is where specialist legal advice is crucial in empowering you to make the necessary decisions for your future.
Seeing a lawyer does not mean you need to go to court. There are many options available to assist you to reach a settlement for finances and parenting issues out of court such as collaborative law, mediation or negotiation. Call our Accredited Specialist Family team at Streeterlaw today on 02 8197 0105 and let us help you to take the next step with confidence.
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