Family Law

Separation can be a very difficult time and even if the breakdown of your relationship is amicable it is important that you are aware of your legal rights and obligations in order to achieve a fair and reasonable outcome for yourself and if relevant, for your children.

Family Law is a complex area of law with changes occurring frequently. Whether you are contemplating formalising a relationship or are going through a separation or divorce, we can assist with providing comprehensive legal advice and representation. We have decades of experience in negotiating matters relating to property and/or children successfully.

We assure you that in order to best assist you we listen to your concerns and always provide a personal yet professional approach to your matter. Confidentiality is assured as it is with all of our clients. We are proud to say we have achieved very successful results for our family law clients, both male and female.

We will help you with all areas of Family Law, including:

  • Separation and Divorce
  • Property Settlements (both De facto and Matrimonial)
  • Childrens arrangements including Parenting Plans, Consent Orders and Family Court Applications if necessary
  • Childrens matters involving relocation issues including International Jurisdictions
  • Child Support & Spouse Maintenance
  • Binding Financial Agreements, including Pre-marital (Prenuptial Agreements), Agreements during a relationship/marriage, and Termination Agreements when necessary
  • Domestic Violence Applications
Update - Family Violence Act

The Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 ("Family Violence Act") amends the Family Law Act 1975, with changes coming into effect from 7 June 2012.

The amendments broaden what is classified as family violence and abuse and give greater weight to the protection from harm when determining what is in the child’s best interests.  Therefore it is important for all family members to be aware of what constitutes family violence and abuse.

Family violence now includes behaviour such as stalking, repeated derogatory taunts, damaging or destroying property or causing death or injury to animals.  It also includes denying family members financial independence and support, preventing family members from interacting with their family and depriving a family member of their liberty.  The list is not exhaustive and generally includes any "violent, threatening or other behaviour" that controls another family member or causes them to be fearful.

Additionally, a child is considered to be exposed to family violence if they see or hear acts of family violence or otherwise experience family violence, such as by overhearing threats of injury to another family member.

The amendments also improve the reporting requirements for family violence and abuse.  The changes seek to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, and the best interests of the child continue to take priority.

The changes apply to all matters filed with the Courts on or after 7 June 2012.

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We offer an initial consultation at no charge and with no obligation to help you understand and negotiate your way through this sometimes unknown territory.