Family Law Specialists – Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney.

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

We understand that separation and post separation parenting can a be traumatic and unsettling experience for everyone in the family. While we were confident that we provide exceptional legal service and advice, we wanted to connect with our clients on a more personal level, to deepen our understanding of them and their families and cater for their needs in a more complete way.

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

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.

If you are in fear of domestic 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).

Our mediation and Settle by Sunday team can provide for the inclusion of children as a part of the process. This is called Child Inclusive Practice (CIP).

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.

We would like to introduce you a process which we call Settle by Sunday. The concept is simple — a separated couple base themselves at the same hotel for a full weekend along with the people they need to negotiate their divorce settlement. All you need to do is be ready to negotiate an outcome; you will be supported by your lawyer, and other professionals to get there.

If you have separated, or thinking about separation, talk to FGD. You do not need to sign anything, or do anything official to be separated in Australia.

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.

At Farrar Gesini Dunn we recognise the unique barriers that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer ('LGBTIQ') community face when navigating the legal system.

Separated couples can reach a property settlement inside or outside of court depending on the circumstances.

Cryptocurrency can easily be categorised within the items that are meant to be disclosed, so parties have an obligation to provide information and documents about any cryptocurrency they have.

If you and your de facto partner or your spouse have separated (whether recently or some time ago), it is important to finalise your financial relationship. This page outlines some frequently asked questions in relation to Consent Orders for property settlements.

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.

Spousal maintenance is the responsibility of one party to financially support the other party following the breakdown of 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.

If you have recently separated from your partner and are considering making parenting arrangements for your child or children, it may be useful to be aware of the information presented on this page.

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

Arbitration is a dispute resolution pathway in the family law world. It essentially involves the parties agreeing to appoint an independent lawyer to act in the role of the judge and make a binding determination on issues in dispute.

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”).

Alternative Dispute resolution is the process of resolving disputes between parties. The different types of dispute resolution include family dispute resolution (FDR), collaborative law, conciliation, mediation, arbitration, negotiation and litigation (court proceedings).

Expert advice from a family law firm experienced with international family law disputes.

Usually the matters falling within the description of family law litigation are disputes about parenting arrangements, property settlement, spouse maintenance, child support or some combination of those.

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

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08/12/2021

Time Limits and Family Provision Claims

Those who are considering challenging a will by making a family provision claim need to be aware that time limits apply within which their application must be made.

Each State and Territory has its own legislation governing family provision claims. Some jurisdictions run the time from the date of death while others run the time from the date of the grant of probate or letters of administration.

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16/11/2021

Rising Star in Wills, Estates, and Succession Planning in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

The Wills and Estates team at Farrar Gesini Dunn is pleased to announce that we have been further recognised in the respected Doyle’s Guide Listing for 2021, and for the first time in the Rising Stars category. Jessica Win is a brilliant young lawyer in our Wills and Estates team….

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12/11/2021

FGD Golf Day 2021

Everyone at FGD was holding their breaths after the excitement of restrictions lifting and the day being able to go ahead. We were all watching the dreary forecast but nevertheless, the showers cleared and the day went ahead…. There were 93 players out on the course who were welcomed by Esther Bogaart (Karinya House Vice President of the Committee) who reminded us of the important work that Karinya House do.

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05/11/2021

Farewell Juliette Ford

We bid farewell to Juliette Ford, a director of FGD since 2001, as she takes on a role with The Office for Family Safety, Community Services Directorate. This role has provided her an amazing opportunity to embrace work that allows her to continue to utilise all of her legal, strategic thinking, mediation and collaboration skills in a systemic advocacy and policy space.

This form of advocacy has always been something that Juliette has been passionate about, and we support her decision to continue this opportunity, and so we wish her all the best as she retires from the FGD Partnership.

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