Find out more about this service, and know who to call
Children & Custody
As a result of media reporting over the last few years there are more popular myths than ever about the law relating to children. Do parents have equal rights to care? Do grandparents have any rights? Can children make their own minds up?
The Federal Government encourages people to participate in counselling and mediation and to sign “parenting plans” but many parents do this without understanding the practical and legal consequences which can be far-reaching and even irreversible. They are not aware that it is not a counsellor’s or mediator’s job to explain the pitfalls.
It is vital to get early family law advice not only about the law concerning children but also about the legal effect of care arrangements.
De Facto Relationships
These days the parenting and property settlement aspects of de facto relationships are dealt with by the Family Courts under the Family Law Act. However there are important differences in property law between de facto and marriage relationships.
Child support is a minefield but it is also closely linked to parenting arrangements, property settlement and spouse maintenance. A specialist family lawyer will explain the connections and so the traps.