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 Facto couples. Prime's Family Lawyers Sydney and NSW can represent you in all aspects of family law, having particular expertise in divorce, child custody and property division. We have conveniently located offices throughout Sydney and NSW. For example, our Sydney office is walking distance from the Sydney Family Court; our Family Lawyers Parramatta are two doors down from the Parramatta Family Court; and our Family Lawyers Wollongong are located just a short walk from the Wollongong Family Court. 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 Sydney and NSW wide, you can rest assured that you have the best on your side.
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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 regarding Child Custody rather than resorting to contested court proceedings. Our Child Custody Lawyers Sydney and NSW are experienced in negotiating and can assist you in this regard. We understand the emotional drain and financial 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 lawyers can draft Consent Orders so that the agreement is formalised and your interests are protected at law. When applying legal principles to child custody NSW is subjected to the Commonwealth jurisdiction of the Family Law Act.
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.
Obtaining a divorce or ending 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.
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.
It must be noted that when applying for a Divorce NSW laws are the same as other states; with the exception of Western Australia, all other Australian States are subjected to the same Family Law Act, which is a Commonwealth law.
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.
Notwithstanding that domestic violence allegations or Apprehended Violence Orders 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 lawyers from our Prime Criminal Lawyers Sydney and NSW 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.
After the breakdown of a relationship it is common then to resolve how the property of the relationship is to be divided – the family law property settlement. The family law solicitors at our firm have a wealth of experience in this complicated area of law.
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 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.
Pay at the end Family Law Property Settlement
We also recognise that there are many people who have an entitlement to property, however, are unable to engage the services of an experienced family lawyer, due to a lack of available funds. For this reason, Prime Lawyers also offers the "Blue Ribbon" payment option for approved Family Law clients. The "Blue Ribbon" payment option to approved clients is a deferred payment option, where Prime Lawyers' legal fees are paid once the matter has ended.
If you have separated from your partner and require legal advice or assistance regarding a family law property settlement, we invite you to contact your nearest Prime Lawyers office.
We have offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.
Pay at the end Family Law
Prime Lawyers also understands that not all family law clients have immediate access to money to be able to pay for family law legal fees. To ensure clients in these situations have access to the best possible family law advice, Prime Lawyers has developed the "Blue Ribbon" payment option for approved Family Law clients. The "Blue Ribbon" payment option to approved clients is not a "no-win no-fee" option (which is unlawful in family law matters), but instead a deferred payment option, where Prime Lawyers' family law legal fees are paid at the end.
Pay at the end Family Law
Prime Lawyers also understand that not all family law clients have immediate access to money to be able to pay for family law legal fees. To ensure clients in these situations have access to the best possible family law advice, Prime Lawyers has developed the "Blue Ribbon" payment option for approved Family Law clients. The "Blue Ribbon" payment option to approved clients is not equivalent to a "no-win no-fee family law payment" option, as this is not allowed by the regulations, but instead a deferred payment option, where Prime Lawyers' family law legal fees are paid at the end.
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 Family Lawyers Sydney 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 30 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.
Pay at the end Family Law
At Prime Lawyers, we also understand that not all family law clients have immediate access to money to be able to pay for family law legal fees. We are often asked whether we employ "no win no fee family lawyers" in Sydney or any of our other offices. The Law Society does not allow family lawyers to enter into "no win no fee" agreements with clients. However, Prime Lawyers instead offers a "pay at the end" option under our "Blue Ribbon" payment scheme.
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 with our family lawyers 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 (02) 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.
Our Wollongong Family Lawyers provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around Wollongong & the Illawarra including in divorce, child custody and property settlement matters.
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 Family 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 law solicitor 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. 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 understand that not all clients are immediately able to fund their legal representation. We often are approached by clients who are being dragged through the Family Court by their ex-partner, where the ex-partner was the main income earner of the relationship and is relying on their higher earning capacity and access to funds to "crush" the other side.
The laws that regulate the legal profession do not allow us to enter into "no win no fee" costs agreements for family law matters. For that reason, we are one of the few family law firms in Wollongong that has an alternative payment option for approved clients. The "Blue Ribbon" payment option to approved clients is "pay at the end family law" payment option, where Prime Lawyers' family law legal fees are paid at the end of the matter.
In addition to our pay at the end service, we are also able to take on parenting matters that have been approved by and referred to us by Legal Aid Wollongong.
Our Wollongong Family Lawyers are located on the ground floor 70 Market Street Wollongong, which is walking distance from the Family Law Courts. Street parking is available but if travelling by public transport, the free bus from Wollongong train station to Crown Street Mall is your best option.
Conferences with our lawyers are by appointment only, but you can get in touch by calling us on (02) 4228 7722, booking an appointment online, or visiting Elise or Lee at the front desk 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
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