Family Law

Todd is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Family law is a broad and complex area of law.  It includes disputes about:

– where your children live and who they spend time with;

– child support;

– property settlement at the end of a marriage or de facto relationship;

– spousal maintenance;

– divorce;

– paternity of children;

– the rights of grandparents and other persons to seek parenting orders;

– child abduction (both within Australia and outside Australia);

– financial agreements before and during marriage and de facto relationships;

– adoption; and

– surrogacy.

It is essential that your family lawyer have excellent knowledge in these varied areas to get the best results for you.

A family lawyer must also have knowledge of and be skilled in alternative dispute resolution (mediation, conciliation and arbitration) and litigation.  Further, a good family lawyer must also have excellent knowledge and skills in other areas if you are to increase your chances of achieving a positive outcome.  For example:

– In matters relating to property and finances, a good family lawyer should also have knowledge of taxation law as it relates to the management of any capital gains tax and stamp duty liability, the law of trusts and business organisations in relation to complex property arrangements, an understanding of accounting principles in order to interpret financial statements, balance sheets and asset valuations, and an understanding of property law in relation to conveyancing and the implementation of any agreement reached about real estate.

– In matters relating to your children, a good family lawyer should also have an knowledge of relevant research relating to matters including psychology and psychiatry, power relationships between individuals, domestic violence, the attachment needs of children, and the various circumstances in which children may be considered to be at risk of harm in the care of other persons.

Let our knowledge be your edge.  Contact us now.

Articles about family law

Going to Court without a section 60I certificate – when is “urgent” urgent?

Ordinarily, parties to a family law parenting dispute are required to try mediation before they go to Court.  The mediator …
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Todd is now a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner!

Do you want to resolve your family law dispute with your ex without going to Court?  Do you need a …
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Todd becomes an Accredited Specialist in family law

Perhaps you’ve separated from your partner, and you need to find out about your rights in relation to a property …
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Increase in family law fees

If you are involved in proceedings in the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court in relation to a family …
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Family law parenting arrangements for young children – a new approach to the role of fathers?

A new article, published in the Fairfax newspaper The Age, suggests that attitudes towards fathers in family law parenting disputes …
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School enrolment – how a court decides where your child will go to school

If you read Saturday’s Newcastle Herald, you would have seen that some schools are already advertising for school enrolments for …
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When your ex may be ordered to help you pay your costs in family law matters

When this article may be helpful In a family law matter, it is still common for there to be one …
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When can you have your family law matter dealt with urgently?

Sometimes when I see a family law client for the first time they will ask me whether they can ask …
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Why do you need to get advice about your property settlement quickly after separation?

When you separate from your partner or spouse, you have a lot to deal with.  The practical stuff like finding …
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Binding Financial Agreements – the latest word

A financial agreement is a document by which you and your partner or spouse can legally record the agreement which …
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