5 things to remember when applying for a divorce

Divorces can be nasty, but they are becoming more and more common in the modern world. Using a decent family lawyer can help streamline the divorce, but there’s a few things that you can do to make applying for a divorce as easy as possible.

In this article we’re going to look at five extremely important things that you should remember when applying for a divorce. They include:

  1. Try And Resolve Things Without Going Through The Courts

Whenever possible it’s a good idea to try and resolve your divorce without going through the courts. If you do have to go to court, you will end up spending a lot of money on legal fees, and you might not end up with a resolution that anyone’s happy with.

A decent family lawyer will be able to guide you through the divorce process. If possible, remaining on friendly terms with your soon to be ex should also make things easier.

  1. Consider Joint Accounts

Joint bank and credit card accounts can become problematic when you’re working through a divorce. If you’re considering applying for a divorce, then speak with your partner about any joint accounts that you’ve got.

It’s also worth speaking to an attorney or family lawyer if you’re not sure about the best course of action. They should be able to advise you and help you head down the right path.

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How much trouble will I get into if I try to bring drugs into Australia?

The penalties for illegal drug trafficking vary immensely throughout the world. Any criminal lawyer will tell you that it’s not worth trying to bring drugs into Australia – the penalties are simply too big.

Although it could be tempting to bring that little bit of something back from your holidays, it’s simply not worth the risk. The chances are very high that you will get caught, and if you do, you will face significant financial penalties and the risk of jail time.

In this article we’ll explore the trouble that you will get into if you try and bring drugs back into Australia, even if they’re for recreational use. We’ll look at a few of the penalties and the things you should do if you’re charged with drug trafficking.

How Much Trouble Will I Get Into If I Try To Bring Drugs Into Australia?

In Australia drug trafficking is seen as a federal crime and comes with extremely tough penalties. However, you won’t always be charged with trafficking for importing small amounts of drugs. You will only be charged with drug trafficking, and risk the associated penalties if you bring drugs into the country with the intent to sell them.

Smaller amounts of drugs will attract smaller penalties if you are caught, but they are still significant. Ultimately, it really isn’t worth trying to import any border controlled drugs into Australia – you will get caught, and you won’t have much chance to defend yourself if they are found in your belongings or on your person.

Importing small amounts of border controlled illegal drugs can attract penalties of up to 10 years in prison. Marketable quantities attract maximum sentences of 25 years, while the import or export of commercial quantities or border controlled drugs carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

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How long should I sign a commercial lease for?

When you’re signing a new commercial lease it’s important to try and find the right balance between a long enough lease to let your get your business up and running and a short enough lease to be able to cover the costs if your business fails.

However, this isn’t always easy. Many landlords will want you to sign a long-term lease that’s at least 5 years, and they might try and pressure you into this. It’s important to make sure that you don’t let yourself be pressured in situations like this, otherwise you might regret it later. Make sure that you employ the services of a decent commercial lawyer to help you negotiate your lease, and make sure that you’re clear on the fine print.

Ultimately, there are a few things you should take into account when deciding how long to sign a commercial lease for. We’ve outlined some of the most important below.

Consider Your Business Vision

It doesn’t matter how long your business has existed for, or even if it’s brand new. If you’re serious about building it and expanding your services in the future, you need to take this into account.

If your business does grow, you might end up wanting to relocate to larger premises at some point. This can be hard if you’re locked into a long-term lease.

Work closely with your commercial lawyer to negotiate a lease that either: (1) only lasts for a short time or (2) gives you an exit clause if you need to find larger premises.

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