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

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 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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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”).

Get the best advice, FGD is a top-tier Australian family law firm.

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

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14/08/2020

Farrar Gesini Dunn’s team has been recognised again in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide listing for 2020.

We are pleased to announce that the Farrar Gesini Dunn’s team has been recognised again in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide listing for 2020. We have been recognised at the highest levels ever since the list was published for the ACT. Farrar Gesini Dunn’s Estates Director, Timothy Morton, has been personally…

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Covid-19 – Electronic Signing and Remote Witnessing of Legal Documents via Audio-visual Link

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If I had written this article five years ago it would have said – when selecting a family lawyer choose one that is confident, knows the law well, has a good reputation and a winning record (or something like that). Now I have been practicing as a family lawyer for…

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10/07/2020

How to Protect Yourself if Your Ex is Cyberstalking You

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