If you’re going through a separation, divorce, or child or property-related disputes, it’s not uncommon to feel as though your life is being turned upside down.
A good family lawyer is someone who’s on your side and can help you navigate the stresses and complexities to reach a positive resolution.
Our approachable and highly experienced team of family lawyers provide practical legal expertise to help you resolve family-related issues. We guide you through the process by helping you to understand family law, negotiate an agreement, and navigate the costs and process if going to court is unavoidable.
Whether you’re married or in a de facto relationship, separating amicably or not, it’s important to seek legal advice quickly on a range of issues such as:
- What happens to the house and where will you live?
- Who will the children live with?
- What are your rights?
- Who will care for the family pets?
- Who gets what and how will you cope financially?
- Is anyone at risk of domestic violence?
Reaching a settlement
After separating, dividing up assets can be complex and frustrating. Our family lawyers work to ensure that you don’t waste time, money or resources on legal proceedings. We can help you to negotiate a settlement and address a wide range of property and child-related issues without going to court.
You don’t have to wait for 12 months of separation to settle important matters. Although your relationship may have broken down, we can help you and your former partner to resolve arrangements for property, parenting and child custody.
Agreeing parenting arrangements
We encourage separated parents to reach agreement and document parenting arrangements for their children. However, sometimes it’s not possible for separated couples to agree. If you face that challenge, our family lawyers can advise how the Family Law Act will apply to your circumstances. If appropriate, we can also support you as you participate in compulsory Family Dispute Resolution.
Resolving family disputes
You may need a parenting agreement if you and your former partner agree on future parenting arrangements for your children, either before or after participating in Family Dispute Resolution. The agreement will generally outline how your children will be cared for, who they’ll live with and how much time will be spent with each of you.
Once this agreement is reached, we help you to document the agreement and register it with the Family Court. This means neither of you have to engage in a drawn-out legal process through the courts.