Are you going through a family law separation? Struggling to reach an agreement with your ex-partner about parenting, property or financial matters?
It’s time to take control of your life.
Here’s the good news –
Our family lawyers can help you make a fresh start today.
We offer flexible and transparent fee arrangements.
You can expect an open, honest discussion about fees. Our family lawyers will provide an estimate of the total costs that are likely to arise in your matter.
Looking for a family lawyer in Goondiwindi, Brisbane or Sydney? Contact us here.
We understand separating can be a traumatic and emotional time. We also understand the legal process can be overwhelming during these difficult times. Our family lawyers are here to assist you in understanding the separation process, provide advice, and help you to reach a resolution.
If you are thinking of separating or have separated, we can assist you in divorce, property, and parenting matters.
Our goal is to provide practical, straightforward, and realistic legal advice so that you can make fully informed choices to get your best outcome. Our focus is on providing solutions that minimise emotional and financial hardship for you and your family.
We can assist with alternate approaches to litigation which may include mediation, skilful negotiation, or an out of court agreement such as a Financial Agreement or Consent Order.
For cases that are unable to be resolved out of court, our family lawyers will defend and protect your best interests in court. We have represented many clients in the Family Courts.
Where appropriate, our team work in conjunction with respected experts in family law matters, including barristers, accountants, property valuers, counsellors, and mediators.
If you have recently separated, you may need help with the following:
Our family lawyers will provide practical advice and legal expertise, including negotiation, preliminary agreements, mediation, consent orders, arbitration and Family Court proceedings.
If you have recently separated, it is important that you speak to us about:
When parties have separated and either/both parties owns assets, liabilities, or financial resources, the parties will need to reach an agreement on how those assets, liabilities or financial resources should be divided between the parties.
Married couples have 12 months from the date of the divorce to apply to the family courts for a property settlement. De facto couples have 24 months from the date of separation to apply to the family courts for a property settlement.
It is important to remember that each individual case is different and will be treated according to the facts of the case. Often parties hear from a friend or relative, ‘property settlement is 50/50” or “he took everything and I got nothing”, it is important to speak with a family lawyer about your entitlement according to the facts of your case.
When deciding how to divide the assets, following the breakdown of a relationship, the Court will use the ‘four-step’ approach as follows:
Our family lawyers can help you to understand your entitlements with respect to your property settlement and can help with:
If you have separated or are about to separate, making decisions about the children can be the hardest part. It is important for parents to ensure the decisions they make about parenting arrangements are in the best interests of the children.
Obtaining legal advice from our family lawyers can help you understand how to choose where the children live, the time they spend with each parent as well as overseas travel, schooling, medical decisions and ensuring they remain safe from harm.
There are several options available to parents when deciding on how to resolve the disputes regarding children.
Speak with our family lawyer about the best option for you.
Parenting Arrangements and Custody
Parents will need to decide parenting arrangements after separation that are in the best interests of children. The term custody has now been changed to Parental Responsibility and Time.
Parental Responsibility includes all duties, powers and responsibility and authority that parents have in relation to their children. This means making decisions on major long-term decisions such as:
This does not include day-to-day decisions such as what the child eats, wears or what time they go to bed.
Our family lawyers can assist you with:
Our family lawyers can provide advice and assistance with the following:
We help parties who would like to file for divorce and can in some instances provide a fixed fee cost.
To ensure that you are eligible for a divorce, you need to be separated for 12 months.
If you and your former spouse have been living under the same roof but have been separated for 12 months you can still apply for a divorce. We will assist you in preparing the additional documentation that is needed for the Court to consider your application.
If you have been married less than two years, you may need to consider marriage counselling before you can apply for a divorce.
It is important to note if you are separating that you have 12 months from the date of support to finalise your property settlement. If you are in a de-facto relationship, you will need to finalise your property settlement within 24 months of the date of separation.
Speak with our family lawyer about your options.
If you or a loved one is experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, you can apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
Domestic Violence can include the following:
If you fear for your personal safety and wellbeing, we can assist you in applying for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
The Order can include:
You can also include other people in the Order, if there is evidence to show they also need to be protected, including children, partners, and family members.
Once a Domestic Violence Order has been granted, the person committing the Domestic violence will be required to comply with the conditions, if they do not, they can be charged with an offence which carries a penalty of imprisonment and fines.
If you are in immediate danger, please contact 000 for police and ambulance to ask for help.
Our family and divorce lawyers have decades of family law experience in Queensland and New South Wales.
We provide practical, straightforward and realistic legal advice so that you can make fully informed choices to get your best outcome. Our focus is on providing solutions that minimise emotional and financial hardship for you and your children.
The outcome of your case can affect other members of your extended family, including grandparents and relatives. Where appropriate we look to incorporate fair outcomes that protect their interests as well.
We encourage communication rather than confrontation and always consider the needs of the whole family.
For advice relating to separation or divorce, contact our family law team today.
From our offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Goondiwindi, we work with families throughout South East Queensland, rural Queensland and New South Wales on all family law matters.
Our family lawyers understand the impact that family disputes can have on your life.
We also appreciate that the legal process can be overwhelming during these difficult times.
Rest assured, whether you are separated, divorced, or thinking about separating, our family lawyers will provide the help and support you need.
We have expertise in negotiation, mediation, litigation and advocacy. We always explore alternatives to litigation before escalating a matter to the Family Courts.
Viable alternate approaches may include mediation, skilful negotiation, or an out of court agreement such as a Binding Financial Agreement or Consent Order.
For cases that are unable to be resolved out of court, our family lawyers will defend and protect your best interests in court. We have represented many clients in the Queensland and New South Wales Family Courts.
Where appropriate, our teamwork in conjunction with respected experts in family law matters, including barristers, accountants, property valuers, counsellors and mediators.
Our family lawyers represent clients throughout NSW and QLD. If you’re not located near our offices, request a phone or video call here.