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