We have also acted for and advised grandparents, step-parents and others in relation to their rights under the family law.Our team of family lawyers is able to advise on any family law matter. They can assist by providing representation and advice at all stages of the family law process – during negotiations, mediation, making applications to the court and, if necessary, representation in court. Our lawyers understand how difficult the process of separation and divorce can be and strive to provide advice and representation with compassion and understanding. We look for practical and sensible outcomes for our clients, without sacrificing their best interests. Our family law team has many years of experience in providing advice and representation in financial matters with particular experience in property settlements involving family-owned farms and businesses.
Our Family Law Practice Areas
Property & Financial Settlements
- Property division;
- Spousal & de facto maintenance
- Superannuation splitting; and
- Third Party interests in property and financial settlements including business partners and related parties.
- De Facto Financial Agreements
- De Facto (Same Sex Couple) Financial Agreements;
- Pre-Marriage Financial Agreements (more commonly known as “pre-nuptial agreements” or “prenups”);
- During Marriage Financial Agreements; and
- Post-Separation Financial Agreements.
- Parental responsibility;
- Arrangements for children to spend time with different parties;
- Third party rights (such as grandparents and others with an interest in the welfare of a child);
- Relocation of parents and children;
- International child recovery (Hague Convention);
- Binding Child Support Agreements;
- Adoption; and
Articles of Interest
Since the High Court of Australia handed down its findings in the matter of Thorne v Kennedy  HCA 49, there has been much discussion as to what the implications of the decision are for binding financial agreements in Australia, with more than one headline...
Over the last decade, an increasing number of Australians are living in de facto relationships, while marriage rates have fallen. Reflecting this societal change, the law was changed in 2009 (2002 in Western Australia) so that the same law now applies to separating...
On 7 December 2017, the Commonwealth Parliament enacted legislation that amended the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) to ‘…the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’ (formerly, the definition was in...
Family law in Australia recognises that both parents of a child should be financially responsible for that child’s care, regardless of the parents’ marital status, their past or present relationships, or their involvement in the child’s life. The child support scheme...
It is not common knowledge that, in Australia, when a marriage or a de facto relationship ends, one party to the relationship may be ordered by the Family Court to “financially maintain” the other party to the relationship, by way of “spousal maintenance”.
Families and money can sometimes be a volatile combination. That is never more so than where divorces and Wills are concerned. When is an inheritance an asset for family law purposes?