Family Law Specialists

Separation and dealing with family law questions can be a stressful experience so we try to make a hard thing to do easier. We’re tough, we’re expert but most of all we treat our clients as individuals. This philosophy is in everything we do. Don’t like letters? We won’t write to you. Don’t like coming in for meetings? We’ll talk on the phone or email.

If you do come to visit us you’ll see our office is not designed like a law firm – it’s designed like a home. It’s a space where our clients feel comfortable and calm and that encourages our lawyers to focus on what matters; the clients, not the size of their office. Because apart from this website, it’s about you, not about us.

Family Law Services

Going to court can be a very stressful and emotionally exhaustive process. A mediation has the benefit of being less formal and more relaxed than a court appearance. Find out more.

Our experts can assist you in dealing with the emotions surrounding a separation, and assist your lawyer in formulating evidence and a strategy for your case.

Our firm specialises in collaborative law which is a process available to resolve family law matters and keep the parties out of Court. Each client is represented by his or her lawyer through a series of meetings. It also allows the parties to structure more flexible solutions.

Forms of ADR include arbitration, conciliation, mediation and collaboration.

If you are in fear of violence an application for an order can be made by you or on your behalf by a police officer. That order is known as a Family Violence Order (ACT), Intervention Order (VIC), Apprehended Violence Order (NSW).

Superannuation is now treated as ‘property’ and can be split as part of a property settlement. De facto and same-sex couples can also use the Family Law Act to divide super.

‘Settle by Sunday’ is a robust and intensive settlement negotiation that occurs in a day or over a weekend, taking the mess and conflict out of a separation.

If you would like to apply for a divorce and your separation is relatively straightforward you may be able to apply using a divorce kit.

If parties are considered to be in a ‘de facto’ relationship according to the definition in the Family Law Act 1975 then generally their property settlement is dealt with by the Family Courts under the jurisdiction of the Family Law Act 1975. The law that applies to that property settlement is almost the same as for parties who are or were married.

There is no formula that sets out what is a fair property settlement. The Family Law Act sets out matters that should be considered but allows a wide level of discretion. Generally, lawyers advise on a range of likely outcomes, based on what has been determined in similar cases in the past.

There are a number of reasons why adoption may be in the best interests of a child. These include if a child is no longer able to live with their birth family due to family, social or medical reasons or if a child is living in a blended family and the parents and child wish to formalise their relationship.

‘Child custody’ is a term which is still widely used in the public for a child’s (or children’s) living arrangements and care arrangements.

Child Support is assessed using a formula based on each party’s taxable income, the time the children live with each of them, the children’s ages, and whether either party has other children.

The premise behind one Binding Financial Agreements (sometimes known as pre nups) is for both parties to reach an agreement about what will happen to their assets if they separate in the future.

Often when parties enter into a Financial Agreement, there are international issues to consider when the parties reside in a an overseas jurisdiction at the time of separation.

Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby a commissioning parent or couple (also referred to as “the intending parent(s)” or “substitute parent(s)”) enter into an arrangement with a woman (the “surrogate mother” or the “birth mother”).

Generate a personalised letter on what you should consider during separation.

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Disneyland Parenting

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Children and Mental Health in the Family Court Process

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Which family lawyer is right for you?

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