Newcastle Family, De Facto & Divorce Lawyers

Are you having difficulty reaching an agreement with your ex-partner about parenting, property or financial matters?

Stop feeling lost or helpless. Take control of your life and make a fresh start today.

Overview

Marriage or relationship breakdown is one of the most stressful life events that you will encounter.

Getting through it and successfully moving on will depend on many things, including the compassion, ability and experience of your Family Lawyer. We understand the difficulties often encountered by parties involved in Family Law disputes and assist our clients to achieve both short and long term objectives.

If your aim is to get things resolved fairly and quickly so that you can get on with life and/or make a fresh start, call now to speak to one our Family Lawyers.

If you are starting a new relationship we can also assist with Binding Financial Agreements (Prenuptial Agreements), Mutual Wills and Estate Planning.

How we Charge

We offer flexible fee structures and payment arrangements for our clients including:

  • A once-off fixed fee initial consultation ($275 incl. GST) to get you started in Family Law,
  • Hourly rates or negotiated fixed fees for each stage of your matter.

Our Family Lawyers will discuss our fees and charges with you and will provide an estimate of the fees and charges likely to arise in your matter.

Call now to speak to a Family Lawyer

1300 553 343

How We Help

Recently Separated

If you have recently separated you may be experiencing frustration or anxiety in relation to:

  • Who is going to remain in the family home,
  • Maintaining access to your children,
  • Income support (Spousal Maintenance),
  • Child Support, or
  • Maintaining repayments in relation to joint expenses (Mortgage, school fees etc).

Our Lawyers will provide you with practical advice and assist you to navigate and resolve these problems including by negotiation, preliminary agreements, mediation, Consent Orders, arbitration or Family Court proceedings.

If you have recently separated you should also speak to us about:

  • Making a new Will and Superannuation Binding Death Benefit Nomination,
  • Revoking Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardian,
  • Severing Joint Tenancies in relation to co-owned property and investments.

Property & Divorce

Once preliminary matters are adequately addressed we will help you start your new life by:

  • Finalising a Property Settlement,
  • Finalising Spousal Maintenance arrangements, where necessary, and
  • Obtaining a Divorce Order.

Children’s Issues

Issues with children can arise following separation or at any time whilst your child remains a minor. We can provide advice and assist you in relation to:

  • Where your children will reside,
  • What contact you and your ex will have,
  • Child Support payments,
  • Reviewing Parenting Arrangements, and
  • Relocation and travel issues and more.

Call now to speak to a Family Lawyer

1300 553 343

Family Law
19/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

What to do if your ex won’t move out.

“Our relationship has ended but my ex-partner won’t move out of the house that we own [or rent].” When a relationship is over one of the hardest decisions will be who leaves. Both you and your spouse or ex-partner are entitled to live in your home after separation regardless of whose name is on the […]

Family Law
24/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

Is my Ex entitled to my financial documents?

The exchange of financial information and documents is a standard first step in most matters as it allows a Balance Sheet to be drawn up and for the parties and their lawyers to establish what is available for division in the family law matter. The exchange of documents ensures that each party is aware of […]

Family Law
24/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

Family Law and Financial Advisors

When separating clients come to me, the first and foremost thing on their mind is typically their future and current financial certainty. That is what Financial Advisors endeavour to give their clients every day. And this is a task that Family Lawyers are unable to do. When clients have experienced Financial Advisors assisting them it […]

Family Law
18/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

Family Law Mediation. What happens if I say No?

Family Law Mediation is also called Family Dispute Resolution (“FDR“) and is the first step in parenting proceedings in most parenting matters. Before commencing Court action, a party must provide a Certificate from an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner to say that the parties have made a genuine attempt at mediation. There are some exceptions […]

Family Law
13/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

Cyber safety and domestic violence: Tips for staying safe online

Recently there has been a lot of press and coverage regarding Snapchat’s most recent upgrade which has a map/location function. And quite frankly it terrifies me. You may not be aware but many of the apps on your phone have a location tool, which can be great when you need to know which restaurant is […]

Family Law
13/07/2017 by Natasha Smith

I want to move my child away from my ex partner, can I?

There are several issues that need to be considered, so unfortunately there is no clear cut yes or no answer. Basically it depends… Unless there is an Order for sole Parental Responsibility you are required to agree on issues which effect the long term well being of your children with the other parent. This includes […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What is a Binding Financial Agreement?

A Binding Financial Agreement is an agreement entered into before, during or after a relationship. If a Binding Financial Agreement exists the Court will not have the power to make an order affecting the matters covered by the agreement. As a result, a Binding Financial Agreement will only be binding if it includes proper financial […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What is an Initiating Application?

Family Court proceedings are commenced by using an Initiating Application form. An Initiating Application contains details of your matter including the interim and final Orders that you are seeking.

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What should I do if I am served with an Initiating Application?

Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances and make an appointment to see one of our Family Law Lawyers. You will be required to attend Court on the date stamped at the top right hand corner of the Application. You will also be required to file a Response and Affidavit and serve […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What if I have children under 18 years of age?

Until the Court makes an order both parents can make decisions in relation to a child, even if the child is not living with them. The Court can make an order deciding if both parents have equal parental responsibility or if one parent will have sole parental responsibility. There is a presumption that equal parental […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What is the time limit for making a property settlement?

Married couples that separate can formalise a Property Settlement at any time after separation. There is no requirements that the parties need to be Divorced at the time of the Property Settlement. However, once parties are Divorced there is a 12 month limitation period that applies. This means if you are not able to reach […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What are the implications of not documenting an informal property settlement?

A property settlement is legally binding only if it occurs pursuant to a Binding Financial Agreement or Consent Orders. If you decide to informally document your property settlement you should be aware that your former partner can change their mind and apply to the Court for a property settlement that is different to the one […]

Family Law
3/12/2013 by Anna Roberts

What can I do to avoid costly Family Court proceedings?

Most family law matters are resolved by negotiation and agreement. You should obtain advice from a Family Law Solicitor at an early stage to assist you in your negotiations with your former partner. If you are able to reach an agreement with your former partner, either directly or via your Solicitor, the agreement should be […]

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Success Stories

Recovery Orders and Issues with mediating children

The client has an autistic child who was medicated by his prescribing pediatrician. The father of the child was refusing to allow the mother to give the child the prescribed mediation and then refused to return the child to the mother telling her she was unsafe and was “drugging” the child. He wanted to use […]

Somethings you shouldn’t DIY

The client and his wife had attempted to negotiate the Court process themselves and were having difficulties. They had managed to agree to a “fair settlement” between them but then they wanted to obtain consent orders from the Court to avoid paying stamp duty on the transfers. The client came to us with the Court […]

Fast and easy property settlement

The client was a wife in need of assistance in sorting out a property settlement between herself and her husband. They had separated amicably enough but now things were getting tricky, as the husband had inherited money and spent the majority on “boy toys” but had also spent some of it on some minor improvements […]

A child in danger!

A very distressed father came to me needing assistance and advice. He strongly suspected that the mother of the child was using drugs and in a violent relationship with her current partner. The client had decided that it was too dangerous to return the child to the mother’s residence. We commenced proceedings and were able […]

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