Custody

During divorce or separation it’s important to make arrangements for the custody of children to ensure they are not disadvantaged in a final settlement.

When you look after your children and have put your career “on hold” it’s likely your personal net worth has been impacted.

Often the legalities around child custody and parenting decisions during relationship breakdowns and divorce are a matter of negotiation.  Knowing the rights and obligations of both parties for the post-divorce financial settlement is key. Jeremy Sutton prides himself on achieving best outcomes in the shortest possible timeframe so you can get on with your new life.

Why Jeremy Sutton?

For the past 20 years Jeremy Sutton has specialised in high net worth, financially complex divorce cases. He knows what works to get the job done assiduously, fairly and quickly and how to protect you and your significant assets through divorce.

How does the Family court determine custody?

The Family Court determines who has day-to-day care and contact by looking at certain principles. The first and paramount consideration the Courts will consider will be the welfare and best interests of the child. The Court will consider the following principles:

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Fathers' rights and child custody

When my child is in my care, does my partner have first rights to care when I am unable to look after them?  Facts: I have my six year old child every Thursday to Sunday.  On Saturday night, I sometimes go to watch rugby and leave the child with a babysitter.  My spouse is annoyed about this.

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What happens when you split up - Who gets custody and who gets the property?

Usually, when couples separate after being together for more than three years, the law requires their relationship property be divided equally between each party.  The law on relationship property is determined under the Property Relationship Act.  Sometimes if the relationship has lasted less than three years, equal sharing may still apply if that would be considered just.

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Google Reviews

My husband and I recently used Jeremy to help with a custody issue from a previous relationship. Jeremy was great to work with, highly skilled and professional, and achieved our desired outcome. Communication was great, especially as we live overseas and had a difficult time difference to work around. Jeremy and his team were fantastic and we highly recommend.

Gabrielle

Having a complicated relationship come to an end, I had initially used another law company to undertake my settlement. Unfortunately, this company let me down on many aspects. After spending a considerable amount of money and almost 12 months of back and forth litigation, I had gotten nowhere close to a resolution. I found Jeremy Sutton online and did my due diligence. After engaging with him, I felt much more confident that a solution could be met promptly. Communication was great, and I knew where we were at every stage of the matter. Unlike the first company I used, Jeremy was easily reachable and gave me the clear options I had available. His focus was more on a settlement than litigation, which is what I wanted.
A settlement was reached and I was able to move on with life. Overall a great experience on something that is far from a pleasant situation. I highly recommend using Jeremy Sutton.

G Joyce

Jeremy is an experienced ‘down to earth’ lawyer. He has empathy to your situation and understands your wants and needs. He gives good solid advice with no BS. He drills right down to the issues that mater most. He is easily contactable and always has the end result in sight, even in some cases it can take months to achieve.

Don Graham

Jeremy Sutton is both bright and sympathetic – in other words he gets what is needed and is mindful of the clients needs and considerations. He is a pleasure to work with – his approach is refreshingly quick, positive, and the advice clear and helpful – if only all professionals were like that !
I had the pleasure of interviewing him on the radio and he was impressively open, fast with his ideas and incredibly helpful – any using his professional skills will be blessed with the association – he brings confidence to an otherwise “difficult time!”

Annabelle White

Jeremy and his team have been wonderful, professional and always available to answer any queries. Jeremy is trustworthy, caring and very knowledgeable; no doubt the best in his field! His approach is always honest, clear and in your best interest. Highly recommend Jeremy and his lovely team.

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