Family Law

FAMILY LAW

We are experienced in handling all aspects of family law and act in divorce, parenting, and property matters. We have specific experience with high-net worth individuals, including division of agriculture-based businesses and complex parenting matters.

We understand the stresses that come with involvement in family law matters and we provide clear, practical advice to assist our client during this stressful and often emotional time of their lives.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality legal service to all our clients, in all aspects of Family Law, at a reasonable cost to help you through your difficulties. We aim to provide the highest quality service to all our clients to achieve either the best outcome in relation to children’s issues or the most economically beneficial result in property settlement matters and work with our clients to try and resolve matters by agreement where possible.

If court proceedings do need to be commenced, we have the experience necessary to act for our clients and we also work with a range of specialist barristers.

We act in all Family Court matters including:

  • Family Dispute Resolution proceedings.
  • Property Matters.
  • Children’s matters.
  • Consent Orders.
  • Divorce Applications.
  • Contested applications.
  • Appeals.
  • Binding Financial Agreements.

CONSENT ORDERS

If parties to a marriage or a de facto relationship reach an agreement between themselves regarding children and/or property settlement, you can file an Application for Consent Orders to be approved by the Family Court without having to commence protracted Family Court proceedings.

We can assist you at all stages of this process, including negotiation and preparation of the correct documentation to ensure your agreement is legally binding and enforceable.

DIVORCE AND SEPARATION

We understand that going through divorce or separation is an emotionally taxing and difficult time. With a lot to consider, having the right support to navigate the confusion and uncertainty makes all the difference.

For a divorce to be granted, the Family Court must be satisfied that you have been separated from a period of at least 12 months preceding the filing of a Divorce Application and that the arrangements for any children are proper. An Application for Divorce can be filed by either party to a marriage or both parties jointly.

Our experienced family lawyers will guide you in ensuring all necessary steps are taken regarding the division of assets, maintenance, parenting, child support and other factors. We can assist at all stages of this process, including preparation of the Application for Divorce or responding to any application made.

We can also assist with advice and applications in relation to declarations relating to a marriage, including declarations of nullity or as to the validity of a marriage, divorce, or annulment of marriage.

We will take time to explain the various systems and processes, including the options open to you and the most efficient way to achieve those.

If the other party is being unreasonable or uncommunicative, we can help to resolve disputes in a cost-effective way through mediation, arbitration, or negotiation.

If you are concerned for your safety, your children’s safety, or both, we can work with the court to issue orders for your personal protection.

Every situation is different, and our team works with you to develop a strategy that suits your personal needs, giving you clarity for the path ahead.

PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL MATTERS

Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, dividing up property and having certainty around your financial future is important to both parties and a vital step in helping parties move on with your life. While some financial matters can be straight forward, the division of property and other assets can be extremely complex. It is important in financial matters for you to seek prompt, practical and professional legal advice so you can make informed decisions about your future.

We can put your mind at ease by advising you on what entitlements you can likely expect, with a view to achieving an appropriate settlement quickly and efficiently.

We can assist at all stages of a financial matter, including providing advice, and offer a range of options to help both parties come to an agreement, including negotiated settlements, and mediation both before and after court proceedings have commenced. Following an agreement, we will advise you on the most appropriate and cost-effective next steps to formalise matters and ensure financial security.

Should you be unable to reach a resolution, we can also assist in commencing court proceedings and representing you throughout court proceedings, up to and including Trial.

PARENTING AND CHILDREN'S MATTERS

Going through a divorce or separation is always a difficult time, but it can be especially hard if there are children involved. After any separation, determining who a child should live with and what time they spend with the other parent can be stressful. Between the day-to-day care of your children, any medical requirements, extracurricular activities, milestone events and more, you and your ex-partner will likely cross paths regularly.

Even in the most amicable circumstances, advice is usually required to ensure the most appropriate arrangements are put in place for your children. Through negotiation, we aim to work with you and your ex-partner to maintain an amicable relationship and move forward with your children’s best interests at heart.

Our family lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with all aspects of child-related matters, including parental responsibility and living arrangements, child support payments, and location and recovery orders.

We can assist at all stages of any parenting matter, including providing initial advice and in any mediation or family dispute resolution before or after court proceedings are commenced. We use effective mediation techniques that encourage resolution in a cost-effective and time efficient way.

Should you be unable to resolve matters at family mediation, we can also provide support in dealing with matters in the Family Court, including representation throughout court proceedings, up to and including Trial.

Our rates and fixed prices are lower than the prices charged by many Perth Commercial law firms because we own our offices so we don't pay the exorbitant St George's Tce rent that many commercial law firms do.  

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