Family Law

Family Lawyers Sydney, Parramatta & NSW

The best on your side

We know family law. Our Family Lawyers Sydney, Parramatta and NSW 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. Our experienced family lawyers can represent you in all aspects of family law, having particular expertise in divorce, child custody and property division. 

Our offices are conveniently located throughout Sydney Metro and beyond. Our Sydney office is walking distance from the Sydney Family Court; our Parramatta office is two doors down from the Parramatta Family Court; and our Wollongong office is just a short walk from the Wollongong Family Law Courts. In addition, our Sutherland office services clients living or working in the Sutherland Shire. 

We are committed to helping 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 in Sydney, Parramatta or from one of our other NSW offices, you can rest assured that you have the best on your side.

what we can help you with

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 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.

Call us today to speak with one of our Child Custody Lawyers Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland or 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 same sex or de facto 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 offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.  

Divorce

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.

We have offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland or Wollongong.    

Family 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 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 have 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 family 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 offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Chatswood, Sutherland and Wollongong.    

Property Settlement

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.

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 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.

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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.

To read more about "Blue Ribbon", or to apply to join many current and former family law clients we have assisted under "Blue Ribbon" visit our Blue Ribbon Payment Option page.

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.    

Which offices practise in Family Law

We cover a range of locations

Family Lawyers Chatswood

Prime Family 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.


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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.


To read more about "Blue Ribbon", or to apply to join many current and former family law clients we have assisted under "Blue Ribbon" visit our Blue Ribbon Payment Option page.
     
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 lawyers based at our Sydney CBD office so attendance at our Chatswood Lawyers office is by appointment only. Make an appointment by getting in touch on 9521 2222 or by completing an enquiry online. We look forward to hearing from you.

Family Lawyers Sutherland

Our Family Lawyers Sutherland Shire 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 Family Lawyers Sutherland provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around the Sutherland Shire including in divorce, child custody and property settlement. 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.

Although based in Sutherland, our lawyers also have the advantage of being able to work from offices close to three of the eight NSW Family Courts, due to our sister Prime Lawyers offices being located near the Sydney Family Court, Parramatta Family Court and Wollongong Family Court. This means that unlike most other family law firms in the Sutherland Shire, we are never more than walking distance from one of our offices when attending any major Court; whether for one day or a several day hearing. The ability to have all resources at hand is essential to being able to competently represent our clients in Court and we ensure that our clients have the backing and resources of a major city family law firm at all times.

Despite our presence in major Courts and investment in important resources to maintain our advantage over other local firms, we always strive to keep our clients' fees manageable; this is also assisted by our decision to offer fixed fee divorce services and a "pay at the end family law" option to approved clients.


Our Family Lawyers Sutherland can be contacted on 9521 2222, by booking an appointment online or by visiting us at 1/154 Flora Street, Sutherland and enquiring of our availability to make an appointment.

We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to provide premium family law legal services to the great people of the Sutherland Shire.

Family Lawyers Wollongong

Our Family Lawyers Wollongong provide a range of family law legal services to those living and working in and around Wollongong and the Illawarra, including representation for divorcechild custody and property settlement matters.

We strive to assist clients in achieving their outcomes in a timely manner, drawing on the experience of our senior family law solicitors to expertly help clients navigate their way through periods of difficult negotiation. If agreement between the parties is 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 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.

We pride ourselves on providing clients with clear, honest and reliable advice, and the confidence that we will always serve their best interests during what can be a very stressful time.

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We also understand that not all clients are immediately able to fund their legal representation. We are often 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 a "pay at the end family law" payment option, where Prime Lawyers' family law legal fees are paid at the end of the matter.


Our office is located on the ground floor of 70 Market Street Wollongong, which is walking distance from the Wollongong Family Law Courts. We are also one of the only firms in Wollongong to enjoy the advantage of having offices in several other locations, some of which are walking distance from other major Family Law Courts, such as Sydney and Parramatta. This is important when Court action is commenced by another party in these other jurisdictions, as it allows us to go to Court and still use the facilities of our offices, nearby.

Our Family Lawyers Wollongong can be contacted by phone on (02) 4228 7722, by booking an appointment online, or by attending our office and visiting Amanda or Lee at the front desk 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. 

We look forward to helping you.

Parramatta Family Lawyers

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.  

Our team is headed by Family Law Solicitor Sukriti Bhati, who is known for her strong work ethic, passion for the law and an unmatched commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for all her clients. Ms Bhati is a great negotiator and always strives to obtain the best starting position for her clients by ensuring that she leaves no stone unturned in obtaining and analysing all necessary material and information for each particular case. Her attention to detail and commitment to obtaining results places her clients in good stead in the event that negotiations do not achieve settlement and instead, rigorous Court proceedings become necessary.

It is with this same level of commitment that the rest of the family law team at Prime Lawyers ensure that our clients' best interests are always served. 


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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.


To read more about "Blue Ribbon", or to apply to join many current and former family law clients we have assisted under "Blue Ribbon" visit our Blue Ribbon Payment Option page.     

We are conveniently located in the heart of the Parramatta legal precinct at 11 George Street, Parramatta and less than a minute's walk from the Parramatta Family Court

We are open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public holidays) but as all conferences with one of our Parramatta Family Lawyers are by appointment only, please get in touch with our office in Parramatta by calling us on (02) 9635 8100, dropping by and visiting Christina at the front desk or by submitting an enquiry online.    

Sydney CBD Family Lawyers

Our Sydney CBD office services clients living or working in and around the Sydney CBD and the greater Sydney Metro. All our NSW offices are conveniently located, with our Sydney office being only walking distance from the Sydney Family Court.

Our family lawyers have represented hundreds of clients from within Sydney and throughout New South Wales. Our lawyers have the necessary experience, knowledge and expertise in providing only the highest level of advice and Court representation in divorce, child custody matters and property disputes. 

Senior Family Lawyer Shyam Lowery heads our team and with 30 years' experience as a solicitor, she has represented hundreds of satisfied clients over the years in a vast array of matters. Ms Lowery is known for her strong work ethic and tenacity and strives to achieve the best outcome for all her clients. Ms Lowery also possesses advocacy skills beyond the typical family law solicitor and appears regularly before the Family Court without the need to instruct a barrister. This work ethic, high level of service and willingness to do more than the average lawyer is instilled in all family lawyers at our firm.

If you wish to speak to one of our family law solicitors at our Sydney office, then call us on (02) 9521 2222 during business hours, complete an enquiry online or drop by to make an appointment at our front desk. 

We look forward to helping you.

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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.

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