Our family law services

Domestic & Family Violence

What we offer

Domestic & Family Violence

Unfortunately, family violence and domestic violence is often a feature of relationships and separation.

Domestic violence can be physical violence, but it can also be coercive control and other forms of non-physical abuse. Some examples of domestic violence are:

  • Coercive control
  • Social isolation
  • Financial abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Stalking and surveillance
  • Sexual abuse

If you are in immediate danger, you should contact the police on 000.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can provide you with advice relating to the law around these issues and connect you with other support services. We can guide you through the domestic violence court process and the family court process.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can file an Application for a Protection Order in the Magistrates Court seeking protection from your former partner. If you require an urgent protection order, you can apply for a Temporary Protection Order.

If you are a respondent to an Application for a Protection Order we can advise you on the Court process, the elements the courts must be satisfied of before they will make a protection order and we can represent you to defend an Application for a Protection Order that is filed against you.

We appear frequently in the Magistrates Court in Protection Order and domestic violence order applications.

This service is designed for individuals dealing with:

  • Domestic and family violence
  • Legal DNA testing requirements
  • Collaborative law procedures
  • Family court litigations

Domestic and Family Violence
If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can provide you with advice relating to the law around these issues and connect you with other services. We can guide you through the process and how your family law matter and domestic violence matters are interconnected. We can represent you in an Application for a Protection Order.

If you are a respondent to an Application for a Protection Order we can advise you on the Court process, the elements the courts must be satisfied of before they will make a protection order and we can represent you to defend an Application.

DNA Testing
We offer legal guidance on DNA testing procedures and their implications, ensuring that the process adheres to legal standards.

Collaborative Law
For those who wish to resolve matters amicably, we provide expert counsel in the collaborative law process aimed at mutually beneficial outcomes.

Family Court Matters
We represent you in family court proceedings, offering robust legal strategies for a variety of domestic issues.

By opting for our Domestic Issues and Protection service, you acquire sound legal advice and proactive strategies designed to safeguard your personal and familial well-being.

You’ll achieve clarity on your legal position and actionable steps to protect your rights, equipping you with the confidence to move forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

We address the common concerns you might have as you navigate the realms of family law. Our aim is to provide clear, straightforward answers to help demystify the legal processes involved. Here are some of the most asked questions in family law in QLD, Australia.

  • How quickly can a protection order be put in place?

    The urgency of your situation is our priority. Temporary orders can often be secured quickly, offering immediate safeguards while a more permanent solution is worked out.

  • What are the implications of family violence for child custody arrangements?

    Family violence significantly influences child custody decisions. We ensure that your child’s safety and well-being are at the forefront, advocating for arrangements that serve their best interests.

  • Is DNA testing legally admissible in family disputes?

    Yes, DNA testing can be a powerful tool in establishing relationships, particularly in matters of paternity. We guide you through the process, making sure the testing is conducted in a way that is legally sound.

  • What does collaborative law entail?

    Collaborative law is an alternative to court, involving negotiated agreements between parties. We prepare you for this cooperative approach, equipping you with strategies to reach a mutually beneficial outcome.

  • How can I prepare for a Family Court matter?

    Being well-prepared is crucial. We assist you in gathering all necessary documentation and evidence, and coach you on how to present your case effectively, aiming for the most positive outcome.

Getting started

A step-by-step guide to resolving your family law problem

Getting started on resolving your family law problem can feel overwhelming, but understanding the process can ease the way. Here’s a straightforward guide to what you can expect from your first appointment with us, designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to take the next steps.

1. Making first contact

Reaching out is the first step towards resolving your family law matter.

You can book an initial appointment with us on our online booking calendar on our website or over the phone. We offer two initial options to get the conversation started: a complimentary 15-minute chat or a comprehensive one-hour consultation for $450, including GST.

Both provide a safe space for us to understand your unique situation.

2. Preparing for your consultation

While it’s natural to feel anxious about your first meeting with a family lawyer, we aim to make the process as smooth as possible. We offer appointments in person either at our Cairns or Innisfail office, or by Telephone or Microsoft Teams appointments.

If your matter is about a property settlement, be prepared to answer questions about what property you currently own and its estimated value and the property that you and your former partner owned at the start of the relationship.

Please ensure you have childcare in place for your children, as we do not allow children to attend appointments.

3. During the initial consultation

The initial consultation is a one-hour session with a family lawyer on our team. We will listen to your story, ask you relevant questions, provide you with preliminary advice about your separation, divorce, parenting and/or property matter and make a plan forward to assist you to resolve your matter.

4. The next step

Following your first consultation, should you choose to engage our services, we’ll provide you with a cost agreement and disclosure notice detailing our legal fees and terms of engagement.

With our expertise by your side, you’ll have the resources and strategies to make confident decisions and progress towards a resolution.

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Our team

Meet the dedicated professionals who make Cairns Family Law Group your trusted ally in navigating family law. Each member of our team not only brings legal expertise but also a genuine commitment to understanding your unique situation.

Together, we focus on equipping you with the knowledge to make informed decisions that positively shape your future.

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