Expert Binding Financial Agreement Lawyers in Brisbane

Find comfort in having a clear plan for your financial future.

Are you facing a difficult property settlement in Brisbane? Are you unsure what property you’re entitled to? Many people approach financial matters post-divorce with concern about what they can expect. You may be dealing with complex financial arrangements or suspect your former partner is concealing assets. That’s where we come in.

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What is a Binding Financial Agreement?

A Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) is a legal contract between two parties that outlines how assets and financial resources will be divided during a relationship breakdown. Unlike Consent Orders, BFAs do not require court approval, offering a quicker and more private way to settle financial matters.

How Binding Financial Agreement Can Help?

Robbed of Entitlement

Many people are understandably concerned that they won’t receive their proper entitlement in post-nuptial agreements. A binding financial agreement lawyer can walk parties through an agreement and ensure it is fair.

Legal challenges

Once you’ve agreed to a financial settlement, you may be concerned that the agreement will be overturned. This can be an issue if the agreement hasn’t been drafted according to the relevant legal requirements. However, with proper representation, a BFA will be legally binding.

The Advantages of a Binding Financial Agreements

Privacy

Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs) are private agreements that don’t require airing your financial laundry in a public court, offering a level of confidentiality that many find appealing.

Autonomy

BFAs allow you to take control of your financial destiny. You and your partner can decide on terms that suit your circumstances without the intervention of a court.

Speed

Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs) can be executed much more quickly than other financial settlement methods without court approval, saving you valuable time.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that financial matters are settled can provide peace of mind and allow couples to focus on their relationship without underlying financial concerns.

When to Consider a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA)?

  1. Pre-Marital Planning: Before tying the knot, a Binding Financial Agreements (BFAs)  can protect each party’s existing assets. These are sometimes called pre-nuptial agreements.
  2. During a Relationship: To clarify financial responsibilities and expectations.
  3. Post-Separation: To formalise the division of assets after a relationship has ended.
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Mitigating risks

There are risks associated with entering a legally binding financial agreement. However, with the help of an experienced legal practitioner, these risks can be avoided.

Unfairness or Imbalance

A BFA doesn’t need to satisfy the fairness requirements of the Family Court. The terms of the property settlement may unduly impact one party.

Poorly Drafted or Ambiguous Agreements

Vague or poorly drafted agreements can lead to misunderstandings and legal disputes.

How Our Binding Financial Agreement Lawyers Can Help You?

Ensuring Full Disclosure

We ensure a complete and honest disclosure of financial information from both parties. This transparency is crucial to avoid any misunderstandings or ambiguities in the agreement.

Tailoring to Individual Needs

Our firm approaches every agreement case by case. We take the time to understand our client’s specific circumstances and needs. Using generic templates that might not cover all relevant issues could lead to misinterpretation.

Clarifying Terms and Conditions

We will clearly define the terms and conditions of the agreement. The terms may include the division of assets, spousal maintenance, and other financial obligations. This avoids ambiguity as part of our duty to provide independent advice.

Negotiation and Mediation Skills

We always emphasise negotiation and mediation over litigation. In cases of disagreements or potential for ambiguity, we will work to reach a clear and mutually agreeable solution.

Our Process

Planning The Case
  • Initial Consultation: Meet with the client to understand their specific needs and concerns.
  • Legal Research: Conduct thorough research to understand the legal implications of the case.
  • Strategy Development: Develop a comprehensive strategy tailored to the client’s situation.
Detailly Evaluate Situation
  • Financial Assessment: Review all financial documents and assets involved.
  • Parenting Assessment: If children are involved, evaluate the best interests of the child.
  • Risk Analysis: Identify any potential risks or challenges that may arise during the case.
File Case To The Court
  • Documentation: Prepare all necessary legal documents, such as petitions, affidavits, and financial disclosures.
  • Filing: Submit the case to the appropriate court jurisdiction.
  • Court Appearances: Represent the client in court hearings and negotiations.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing a law firm that specialises in this area and puts your needs first is essential. Andrews Family Lawyers is an excellent option for a few reasons:

Expert Advice:

We deeply understand family law and can guide you step by step through the process. We’ll make sure everything is done correctly and efficiently.

Personalised Attention:

Every case is unique, so we take the time to understand your circumstances. Your concern will be tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Proven Success:

We have an excellent track record of handling cases successfully. You can trust us to handle your case with professionalism and care.

Client-Focused Approach:

We want to ensure you feel comfortable and informed throughout the legal process. We’ll do everything possible to make it as stress free as possible.

Accessible and Supportive:

Our team is approachable and supportive. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way and provide the support you need to get through the process.

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Meet Peter Andrews

Legal Practitioner Director

Peter is a qualified legal practitioner with over twenty years of experience, predominantly in family law. Peter began his career with Clayton Utz before moving into suburban practice in 2007 with a focus on family law settlements.

Peter began his practice, Peter Andrews Lawyer Pty Ltd, in 2013. After many years of success, the business was rebranded Andrews Family Lawyers in 2022.
Peter is a married father of three young, intelligent and often annoying children who are still lovely.

Trusted By Our Clients

With a proven track record in resolving complex family law issues, we've earned the confidence and trust of families across north Brisbane.

Peter Andrews was so helpful resolving an odd property dispute with an ex partner. He listened without judgement and acted quickly to resolve the matter, I honestly could not have copied without him, an absolute godsend!! Thank you Peter!

Lauren Myslinski CLIENT

Peter is an outstanding lawyer, with the knowledge, experience and stamina to succeed in family law matters. Would highly recommend his services to anyone who needs to achieve a successful outcome in their proceedings.

Fabio Mazza CLIENT

Expert Guidance is Just a Call Away

If you are thinking about creating a Binding Financial Agreement, seeking advice from professionals in family law is crucial. At Andrews Family Lawyers, we possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to assist you throughout the process. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Several things can’t be included in a BFA, such as:

  • Child support;

  • Parenting arrangements;

  • Lifestyle clauses;

  • Property acquired after the agreement is made.

Parties can organise property matters through a court order (by agreement or not) or an informal agreement. Informal agreements are generally not recommended.

A BFA’s timeframe depends on several factors. It generally takes one to two months in Brisbane and throughout Australia. However, it may take longer if negotiations drag on or the financial matters are complex.

To alter a BFA, each party must agree to the amendments. The agreement must be redrafted with the same legal requirements for independent legal advice. The new agreement should contain a clause revoking the previous agreement.

Although it is possible to create a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA) without legal assistance, it is highly recommended for both parties to engage lawyers. This is because both parties must receive independent legal advice for the agreement to be considered legally binding. A lawyer can also ensure the agreement is drafted properly and covers all the necessary aspects of your financial arrangements.