Family Law

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We know family law. We have represented hundreds of family law clients over the years and act for mums, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, married couples, same-sex couples and De Factos. We can represent you in all aspects of family law, having particular experience with divorce, child custody and property division. We will strive to help you settle your matter as quickly as possible, and if that's not achievable, then we will represent you expertly throughout the Court process so that you obtain the best possible result. When engaging our team of family lawyers, you can rest assured that you have the best on your side.



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We cover a range of services

Child Custody

After a separation or divorce it is important to have arrangements in place for the children of the relationship.  Sometimes these arrangements are informal or verbal agreements with your ex-partner, however it is often advisable to have such arrangements reduced to writing and even further, filed with, sealed and formalised by the Court.

The Law encourages parents, wherever possible, to come to an agreement when making parenting arrangements rather than resorting to contested court proceedings. Our family lawyers are experienced in negotiations and can assist you in this regard. We understand the animosity and expense that can arise from lengthy court battles and you can be assured that our family lawyers will always, wherever possible, aim to settle the matter without recourse to court action.

If an agreement is reached between the parties, one of our family lawyers can draft Consent Orders so that the agreement is formalised and your interests are protected at law.

If negotiation between the parties does not result in an agreement being reached, we can assist you in participating through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

If all other avenues are exhausted we can apply to the Family Law Courts to obtain Parenting Orders on your behalf. Our family lawyers are experienced in courtroom litigation and will ensure you that your case is prepared and presented with the highest level of professionalism.   

If you require the assistance of an experienced family lawyer in relation to a child custody matter or wish to make an Application to the Court to obtain parenting orders, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.

We have family lawyers located at Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

De Facto Relationships

Under Australian law, parties to a de facto relationship are afforded the same recognition as married couples when it comes to dealing with the breakdown of the relationship. Once it is established that the requirements of a de facto relationship have been met, the parties are able to rely on provisions in the Family Law Act in the same way that married couples do when a relationship has broken down. The general principles that govern the break down of marriages are extended to de facto couples. Same sex relationships that meet the same criteria as relationships that are considered de facto relationships fall under the same laws that deal with de facto couples.

Marriages are easily recognisable, due to a legal marriage requiring registration. Other couples that wish to be provided for by the family law usually need to establish first that they meet the requisite criteria. 

It is important that parties to a long term or committed relationship give consideration to the laws that govern de facto relationships. Despite the law being there to give proper recognition to the rights and needs of parties to a long term relationship, just as it is for married couples, some people are not aware of this when committing to a long term relationship. Some may form the intention to remain in a de facto relationship as they believe that they are not "bound" by the same laws that govern marriages.

Our family lawyers are experienced in all aspects of family law and possess the necessary expertise in advising and representing parties to any form of domestic relationship, whether it be de facto couples or couples of the same sex.

If you are in a de facto or same sex relationship or have separated from your partner and require legal assistance from a family lawyer, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.

We have family lawyers located at Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

Divorce

Obtaining a divorce or separating from a relationship can often be an emotional experience – especially when children are involved. Our family law team provide not only professional family law advice on your rights and obligations, but also guidance during this difficult period. Our family lawyers can prepare and file a divorce application for you quickly and cost effectively. We can also advise you on your legal rights and responsibilities in relation to children's care and contact issues and the financial property settlement/division.

Obtaining a divorce or separating from a relationship can often be an emotional experience – especially when children are involved. Our family law team provide not only professional family law advice on your rights and obligations, but also guidance during this difficult period. Our divorce lawyers can prepare and file a divorce application for you quickly and cost effectively. We can also advise you on your legal rights and responsibilities in relation to child custody and the financial property settlement/division.

Although divorce and separation are often one and the same, divorce only relates to married couples. The concept of separation applies to all couples and is also a broader concept that covers more than just the act of separating or the breakdown of the relationship.

There are certain preconditions that must be met before a divorce can be applied for by married couples.  Also, a divorce must be obtained to bring an end to a marriage, at law. When de facto or same sex couples separate, there is no legal requirement to obtain a Court Order to officially end the relationship.

What is relevant in all matters is whether the parties to the relationship have property that needs to be divided and/or children to the relationship. The obligations and rights of parties to any relationship are essentially the same and in relation to married couples, an official divorce does not have to be applied for or granted prior to parenting and property matters being determined.

Upon separation, it is advisable to obtain legal advice from a divorce lawyer to understand your rights and obligations and, where relevant, important strict time requirements. Our divorce lawyers will be able to assist you in preparing the divorce application, filing the application and appearing at the hearing before the family law division of the Federal Circuit Court to ensure that the divorce application is successful.

If you are considering making an Application for Divorce or have separated from your partner and require legal advice or assistance from a divorce lawyer, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.

We have divorce lawyers located at Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

Domestic Violence & AVOs

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an order made by a Local Court, for the protection of a person (known as the "Person In Need of Protection" or "PINOP" or otherwise "the protected person"), from the behaviour or conduct of another (the "defendant"). The  main purpose of an AVO is to protect the PINOP from future harassment, intimidation, stalking or violence. All AVOs must contain conditions that the defendant cannot assault, molest, harass, threaten, stalk, or intimidate the protected person. Additional conditions can also be imposed on a case to case basis.

Domestic violence can often be a relevant factor in family law proceedings and its relevance is not always isolated to parenting matters or child custody disputes. Domestic violence allegations and AVOs often go hand in hand.  It is important to understand what role domestic violence plays in family law proceedings and also, the meaning and effect of an AVO and how the existence of an AVO may or may not affect family law proceedings, particularly in relation to parenting matters or child custody disputes.

Notwithstanding that domestic violence allegations or Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) in family law proceedings can play a role, despite popular opinion and practice, obtaining an AVO does not automatically mean the "upper hand" in proceedings. AVOs are there to protect individuals from probable harassment or violence and should not be used only as a weapon in family law proceedings.  

Prime Lawyers has represented hundreds of clients in AVO matters and successfully defended false allegations on numerous occasions. AVO matters are dealt with in the Local Court and are not family law proceedings. Typically, it is lawyers with experience in criminal law that represent those defending AVOs in the Local Court. Therefore, any client that is represented by one of our Family Lawyers in parenting matters that is also facing an AVO Application in the Local Court has the benefit of being able to rely on the specific expertise of our criminal lawyers from our Criminal Law Division.

Of course, there are unfortunately many legitimate cases where domestic violence is a real issue in a relationship and/or relevant to the breakdown of the relationship. Great care needs to be taken when dealing with matters where domestic violence becomes a factor in the proceedings, whether representing the party accused of violence or representing the party that has been the victim of domestic violence. Our family lawyers have experience representing both victims and those accused of violence in family law proceedings and we can certainly assist you.

If you are involved in family law proceedings where domestic violence or an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a factor in the proceedings, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.

We have family lawyers located at Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

Property Settlement - Division of Assets

After the breakdown of a relationship it is common then to resolve how the property of the relationship is to be divided – the property settlement. The family lawyers at our firm have a wealth of experience in this complicated area of law.

There are a variety of issues that need to be considered, some of which are not immediately considered relevant, such as the parties' superannuation. Determining what is the property pool of the relationship and then how it is to be divided is not always a simple process. There are several factors that the Court will consider when determining the division of assets, some of which cover the following:

- Assets held by each party, including superannuation
- Domestic duties performed by either party, such as household chores
- Who looked after the children
- Gifts received by either party
- The financial contributions of each party
- Any inheritance

Our family lawyers carefully consider all aspects of your case and advise you on what you are entitled to. They will then negotiate with the other side in an attempt to reach an amicable outcome.

We understand the frustration and expense that can arise from lengthy court battles and you can be assured that our family lawyers aim to settle matters without recourse to court action.

If your matter settles out of court we will draft Consent Orders that will then be filed with the Court. Once granted the property settlement becomes formally recognised at law and is legally enforceable.

If negotiation fails, our family lawyers are experienced in Family Law Court litigation and will provide you with exceptional legal advice and representation in obtaining Property Orders that reflect your entitlement.

The complexity and unpredictability of the law and Court process requires experience and expertise in this highly specialised area of the law. Without competent legal advice, it is difficult to determine whether or not you are settling for what you are properly entitled to.

If you have separated from your partner and require legal advice or assistance regarding a property settlement or an Application to the Court for Property Orders for the division of assets, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.

We have family lawyers located at Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

Which offices practise in Family Law

We cover a range of locations

Family Lawyers Chatswood

Prime Lawyers Chatswood is located within the Zenith Building on the Pacific Highway, Chatswood. Our Chatswood family lawyers provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around Chatswood and the North Shore including divorce, child custody and property division. We have the skills and expertise to ensure you receive the best family law advice, with a view to assisting you settle your matter or, should your matter not settle, provide you with the highest level of representation in Court.
     
When visiting us, park at either of the Secure or Wilson parking stations located at the end of McIntosh Street or arrive by train at Chatswood Station located 200 metres away from the Zenith.
 
Prime Lawyers Chatswood is staffed by family lawyers based out of our Sydney CBD office so attendance is by appointment only. Make an appointment by getting in touch on 9521 2222 or by completing an enquiry online.  


Family Lawyers Parramatta

Our Parramatta family lawyers provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around Parramatta and Greater Western Sydney including divorce, child custody and property division

Our lawyers strive to assist clients to reach agreement in their matters, and if agreement between the parties has been reached, either prior to seeing us or as a result of our negotiating on your behalf, our family lawyers at Prime Lawyers Parramatta can draft the necessary documents to ensure that the agreement is legally binding in the form of Court orders. If an agreement cannot be reached then we have the skills and expertise to ensure you receive the best family law advice and representation in the Family Law Courts.     

We are conveniently located in the heart of the legal precinct in George Street, Parramatta and less than a minute's walk from the Parramatta Family Court. For those travelling by public transport we are a 10 minute walk from Parramatta train station (head up towards George Street through the mall), and we are also close to a number of parking stations if you are driving, including those accessible from Hunter Street and Erby Place.

We are open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public holidays) but as all conferences with our family lawyers at Prime Lawyers Parramatta are by appointment only please get in touch with our office in Parramatta by calling us on 9635 8100, dropping by and visiting Christina at the front desk or by submitting an enquiry online.   

  

Family Lawyers Sutherland Shire

Our family lawyers at Prime Lawyers Sutherland service the great people of the Sutherland Shire and surrounds. We are located 200 metres west of the Sutherland Local Court and have become known as the law firm on the corner of Flora and Merton streets Sutherland. If travelling by public transport we are located a short walk east from Sutherland train station.

Our Sutherland family and divorce lawyers provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around the Sutherland Shire including divorce, child custody and property division. We pride ourselves on our ability to assist our clients in settling their matters in a cost-effective and timely manner, however, where required, have the necessary expertise and experience to successfully and competently represent clients through the rigours of Family Court proceedings.

Conferences are by appointment only but you can get in touch with one of our family lawyers at Sutherland by calling 9521 2222, booking an appointment online or visiting Chelsa at our front desk 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.

All of our staff have either lived or worked locally for a number of years and we take pride in ensuring the people of the Sutherland Shire receive the best possible legal advice. Our family lawyers look forward to assisting you with your legal matter, big or small.


Family Lawyers Sydney

Our family lawyers at Prime Lawyers Sydney CBD service clients living or working in and around our beautiful city of Sydney. We also act for those clients living in the suburbs, country and interstate with legal requirements relating to the Sydney CBD. We are conveniently located and only walking distance from the Sydney Family Court.

Our Sydney family and divorce lawyers provide a range of family law legal services including divorce, child custody and property division. We have represented hundreds of clients from within Sydney and throughout New South Wales. Whether representing clients in a divorce application, negotiating an outcome with respect to child custody, or undertaking the specialised task of advising, negotiating and fighting for a settlement of the division of assets, our lawyers have the necessary experience, knowledge and expertise in providing only the highest level of family law legal advice and Court representation.

Our Sydney Family Law team is headed by family lawyer Shyam Lowery, who has more than 20 years' experience as a solicitor and has represented hundreds of satisfied family law clients over the years. Ms Lowery is known for her strong work ethic and tenacity and strives to achieve the best outcome for all her clients. In addition to the typical skills required of a competent family law solicitor, Ms Lowery also possesses advocacy skills that allow her to appear regularly before the Family Court without the need to instruct a barrister and this engenders confidence in her clients. This work ethic, high level of service and ability and willingness to do more than the average family lawyer is instilled in all family lawyers at our firm.

To attend our office, travelling by public transport in the city is your best alternative and we are a short stroll east along Bathurst Street from Town Hall Station. If travelling by car the nearest parking station is the Secure parking station on the corner of Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets Sydney.

If you have a legal matter which falls within our family law practice area we can provide you with the best possible legal advice. Conferences are by appointment only so if you are in need of legal advice from one of our family lawyers in Sydney then get in touch 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) by calling  9521 2222, completing an enquiry online or dropping by to make an appointment with Ashley at our front desk. We'll be pleased to hear from you.

Family Lawyers Wollongong

Our family lawyers at Prime Lawyers Wollongong service Wollongong & the Illawarra region. Our Wollongong family lawyers provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around Wollongong & the Illawarra including divorce, child custody and property division

If agreement between the parties has been reached, either prior to seeing us or as a result of our negotiating on your behalf, our family and divorce lawyers at Prime Lawyers Wollongong can draft Consent Orders on your behalf to be filed with the Court to ensure settlement and finalisation of your matter. If an agreement cannot be reached then we have the skills and expertise to ensure you receive the best family law advice and representation in the Family Law Courts, appearing regularly before the Wollongong Family Court.

Our team is headed by family lawyer Janine Bennett, who has over 20 years' experience in the law, and brings with her a high level of knowledge, expertise and a confident, practical approach to  assisting clients in reaching a speedy resolution. At Prime Lawyers, we pride ourselves on providing clients with clear, honest and reliable advice, and confidence that we will always serve their best interests during what can be a very stressful time.

We are located on the ground floor 70 Market Street Wollongong, which is on the left as you head east along Market Street (from Keira Street) towards the 'Church on the Hill'. Street parking is available by paid 'mobile app' parking meter, but for the traditional parking station try the GPT shopping centre parking located on the left as you pass the Wollongong Police Station. If travelling by public transport the free bus from Wollongong train station to Crown Street Mall is your best option.

Conferences with our family lawyers are by appointment only, but you can get in touch by calling us on 4228 7722booking an appointment online, or visiting Elise or Lee at the front desk 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. 

Happy Customers

Without your support, guidance and never ending goodness my daughter would have surely been lost. For that and a whole lot more, I thank your company and its great people who have fine human qualities. Prime went way beyond, and it tells me you are not just running a business.

Phil, Family Law Client

 

 

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