What is Family Law?

Family Law is the area of law that deals with family matters such as property, children, divorce, financial agreements and so on.

Will my matter go to court?

The majority of relationship breakdowns do not end up in court and of the small amount that do, even fewer go to a final hearing. Alternatives to court are mediation, conciliation and counselling. Couples are at all stages encouraged to settle matters amicably and fairly so as to avoid undue emotional and financial hardship.

What sort of costs are we looking at?

As Family Law cases vary greatly between each other, costs are difficult to estimate. Costs are based on Solicitor time, law clerk time and third party costs such as court fees, mediator fees and barrister costs. The quicker the dispute is resolved and an agreement reached the less the process will cost. Matters that progress[…]

So. How can I resolve this matter quickly and with the least expense?

The best way is to try and reach an agreement that is fair and reasonable for both parties and in the best interests of the children of the relationship (if there are any). Try to avoid conflict. Try take a longer view of the matter to avoid petty arguments with your former partner. Be honest[…]

What if my former partner is violent?

If your former partner acts violently towards yourself, your children, your extended family or friends you need to act immediately. You must contact the police and apply to the court for a Family Violence Intervention Order. Your Solicitor can assist you with the application.