Family Law Cairns

What we do

Family Law is all we do.

We can help you with any family or divorce law problem. As it is a specialist area of law,it is essential to have a lawyer on your side who specialises in family based law.

Parenting

For a child, his or her parents separating is usually a major event in their lives. A separation can be made less stressful for a child if parents aren’t at war with each other for years to come.

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Often the biggest issues following separation is how much time the children will spend with either parent. The Family Court tells us that any parenting dispute should be determined in a child’s best interests. There are many factors which are considered when determining a child’s best interests including (amongst other things) protecting the child from harm, the child’s wishes and the child’s relationship with each of the parents. We place a significant emphasis on resolving parenting matters by agreement. Agreements mean less money spent on legal fees, less stress on the entire family and a quicker path to resolution. We have resolved some of the most difficult matters by negotiation and mediation. We understand that not all family law parenting matters can be resolved by agreement. In those circumstances, we provide strategic and strong representation in Court. Our lawyers have years of experience appearing before Judges in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane and other parts of Australia. For more information about your parenting matter, book in with us for a fixed fee initial consultation.

Property / Financial

After a separation, you and your former partner will need to separate your property and finances. You may own a home together, have bank accounts, cars, superannuation and other assets that need to be divided between you.

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It is important that your financial ties with your former partner are cut so that you can both move on with your lives. The Family Law Act deals with family law financial and property law for separated couples. The same law applies to both de facto couples and married couples.

There are five steps to dividing property:

  1.  Decide whether it is necessary for the property to be divided;
  2.  Identify the property that is owned by you and your former partner;
  3.  Determine what and how much each of you have contributed;
  4.  Assess what your future needs are; and
  5.  Decide whether the end result is just and equitable.

Every relationship and family is different. It is important that you obtain advice that is specific to your circumstances.
We can give you advice of what the likely outcome should be in your case.

For more information of property settlements and disputes, book in for an initial consultation.

Separation & Divorce

Separation is a fact of life for many people. It usually involves one person moving out of the family home. In some relationships, separated couples continue to live under the same roof for a period following the separation.

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Separation is often accompanied by major financial and lifestyle changes. It is essential to get advice from a family lawyer as soon as possible following separation. We provide strategic advice at the early stages of separation to ensure our clients are getting the best result possible. Divorce is treated separately to a property settlement. You do not need to be divorced from your husband or wife to divide your assets. Once you do get divorced, you must enter into a legally binding agreement with your former partner or commence proceedings in the family courts for a property settlement within one year of the divorce. We handle small matters through to the largest and most complex disputes in the Family Courts.

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Our family lawyers can assist
in all areas of family law, including:

  • Parenting Disputes
  • Child Custody Disputes and Agreements
  • Parenting Agreements and Parenting Plans
  • Consent Orders
  • Property Disputes
  • Property Agreements and Disputes
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Adult Child Maintenance
  • Children and Parenting Matters (“Custody”)
  • Collaborative Law
  • Child Support
  • De-Facto Relationships
  • Defence Force Superannuation
  • DNA Testing
  • Estate Planning and Separation
  • Financial Agreements
  • Family Court Matters
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Mediation
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Surrogacy

We also offer the option of shadowing self-represented clients through their family law matter.
If you have any family law issue please contact us today for a 15 minute free chat with a family lawyer.