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I am thinking about separating. Is it too early to see a lawyer?

It is natural for you to be worried about the unknown, and what your next chapter may look like financially and emotionally for you and your children if are thinking about taking that step.

You may wish to seek some advice about your options and rights before making a decision to leave a relationship, but fear that your partner may find out, particularly in a ‘small’ community like Geelong.

First and foremost, the team at Cahill & Rowe pride themselves on being extremely discreet and approachable.

Whilst our lawyers live and work in the Geelong community (and surrounds), you should be comforted by the fact that our lawyers are bound by strict legal and ethical duties to ensure that, unless expressly authorised by you, your discussions with us remain utterly confidential, and will not be ‘gossiped’ about or mentioned to anyone. In fact, on a personal level, even without these legal and ethical duties being in force, our lawyers respect that your private life is exactly that- private- and not to be the fodder of schoolyard conversation.

Our lawyers also appreciate that the decision to separate is a significant one, and we would be pleased to alleviate any concerns you may have when weighing up your decision. Some of these concerns may be whether you have a claim for property settlement, how much your partner may have to contribute to the children’s expenses, where the children should live, and practical issues like whether or not you can insist your partner move out the home.

It is your life, and our lawyers simply want to help you make informed choices, whether it be to remain in the relationship or leave. We will never encourage you either way and just want to help ease your stress when weighing up your options.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion with one of our team members, do not hesitate to contact us on 5221 7844/5295 7000.

- Bellarine Office -1st Flr, 5/85 The Terrace, Ocean Grove 3226

- Geelong Office -61 Pakington Street, Geelong West 3218