Family Lawyers Sydney
As a dedicated Sydney family law firm, we have a team of experienced family lawyers who practice exclusively in this complex field. It is our intent to provide the best family law services in Sydney to help people resolve their disputes effectively so that they can restore peace within the family unit and move forward with their lives.
Family law matters involve some of life’s most sensitive and challenging fights. When you are faced with separation, divorce, a property settlement, parental disputes over children, or domestic and family violence, you need to take considered legal action with the support of a family lawyer who knows what matters most to you and the best way to achieve your goals.
At Attwood Marshall Lawyers, we recognise that no two family law matters are the same and no two families are the same.
Our family lawyers in Sydney will listen and connect with you so that they can gain an understanding of your personal situation and help you formulate a plan to achieve your desired outcome in the most cost effective manner.
Our family lawyers will begin by using alternative family dispute resolution and negotiation strategies to try to avoid litigation and family court. We understand that going to family law court can be financially and emotionally exhausting for everyone involved, so it is always best to try to resolve family law matters at the earliest opportunity.
In cases where litigation is required, your family lawyer will be ready to support you throughout the legal process. Our family law specialists have a reputation which is highly regarded in the industry, having helped families through their toughest times for over 75 years. We are proud of our long history of successfully representing clients in complex cases in Family Law Courts, the State Magistrates and Local Courts.
Our empathetic and compassionate Sydney family law specialists also have the experience and expertise to assist with urgent cases involving domestic violence and family violence and complex family law matters.
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Our Sydney family lawyers can help with:
Property Disputes & Spousal Maintenance
Parenting Disputes & Child Custody
Domestic & Family Violence
Your leading Sydney family law team
At Attwood Marshall Lawyers, our difference is that, unlike generalist law firms or boutique family law firms, we have family law specialists that practice exclusively in this complex field. Our family law team is also supported by other specialist legal departments. This is a significant advantage for our family law clients as there are often overarching legal issues you need assistance with when you are facing divorce, separation, financial challenges, and other complex family law matters.
As an all-service law firm, our legal departments can also assist with writing Wills and estate planning, property law and conveyancing, business and commercial law, personal injury and compensation claims, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, contesting Wills, employment law, and transitioning to aged care.
The family law team is led by Senior Associate Hayley Condon, who has over 20 years’ extensive experience in all aspects of family law. Hayley is a member of the Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section) and Family Law Practitioners Association and she has also been acknowledged by her peers as a finalist in the Women in Law Awards 2022 for Senior Associate of the Year (SME Law). In addition to family law, Hayley is also highly skilled at estate planning. She is supported by a team of compassionate and driven senior family lawyers, associates, and paralegals who will give you all their time, attention, and expertise to support you when you need.
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Family Law FAQs
Married couples must be separated for at least 12 months before an Application for Divorce can be made in Australia. If you need assistance with your application, or have factors you need to discuss which may complicate your divorce application, contact our Sydney divorce lawyers to discuss your specific circumstances on 1800 621 071.
Yes. Both parties involved do not need to agree to obtain a divorce. Anyone seeking a divorce can do so with or without the consent or cooperation of their former spouse. Our divorce lawyers Sydney can help guide you through the application process and help you navigate any overlapping issues that arise during separation and divorce. Call our divorce law firm any time on 1800 621 071.
Every matter is dealt with based on its own unique circumstances. A property settlement may not necessarily mean each party receives 50 per cent of the asset pool.
In determining how the asset pool should be divided for family law clients, a court will consider:
- The value of the property pool, including assets and liabilities
- The contributions of both parties, including financial and non-financial contributions
- The future needs of both parties, including their age, health, income earning capacity, if either party are required to care for children, etc.
- If the division is considered just and equitable or if an adjustment should be made.
No. Property settlements and divorce are two separate matters. You can proceed with negotiating a property settlement immediately following separation. If you would like to get your matter underway or find out what type of financial settlement may apply to your specific circumstances, speak to one of our Sydney family lawyers today by calling 1800 621 071.
When determining child custody arrangements, the objective is to determine what is in the child’s/children’s best interests.
Under Australian law, the following will be considered:
- the benefit to the child/children of having a meaningful relationship with both of their parents; and
- the need to protect the child from physical harm, psychological harm, abuse, neglect, or family violence.
If you are concerned about coming to an agreement with your former spouse or de facto partner about child custody arrangements or any other family law matter, contact our Sydney family lawyers for a confidential discussion on 1800 621 071.
A binding financial agreement is a document that is designed to protect the assets of each partner, establishing a mutual understanding as to who gets what in the event the relationship ends.
Both parties require independent legal advice from a family lawyer when entering into an agreement. The agreement can be entered into at any stage of the relationship. By documenting a property settlement by way of a binding financial agreement, you will not require the approval of the family co
Child support is designed to ensure the wellbeing of a child is properly maintained and that both parents are meeting their financial obligations to support their child/children.
It should help cover expenses such as medical and health expenses, living expenses including food and clothing, education, and extra-curricular activities.
In order to determine who should pay support, a child support assessment will be made which will identify how much support should be paid and who is responsible to pay support to whom.
Child support payments usually end when a child turns 18 years old.
Yes. Under the Family Law Act, you can apply for a property settlement, or maintenance if:
- the de facto relationship lasted for at least two years; or
- you share a child as a result of the de facto relationship; or
- you made substantial contributions to the assets or the welfare of the family; or
- the de facto relationship was registered.
Our specialist family lawyers in Sydney will be able to help you understand if you are eligible to apply for a property settlement and spouse maintenance, and what you will likely be entitled to. Each family law matter is determined on its own facts and merit, therefore it is important to speak to a specialist family lawyer at the earliest opportunity to discuss your unique circumstances.
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Book an appointment today with an experienced family lawyer in Sydney for assistance with all your family law issues. Let our family lawyers help guide you through the entire process and secure your family’s future during this emotionally challenging time.