Our family law specialist, Sarah Higton and her team, provides professional family law advice and she will guide you through each step of your family law matter.
Advice is available in all aspects of family law including:
- Child Support
- Contravention of children’s orders
- Domestic Violence
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Parenting Disputes
- Parenting Orders
- Property settlements
- Recovery and Location Orders
- Spousal Maintenance
Sarah and her team are routinely referred work by happy clients, other legal practitioners, accountants, doctors, psychologists and the Queensland Law Society. You can be assured that you will be treated with care and respect.
As with everything in life, knowledge is power and to ensure that you have the tools to resolve your family law matter let us provide you with the knowledge to know:-
- How the Family Law Act applies to your specific situation
- The process as applicable to you
- The likely legal costs
Sarah and her team provide representation in the area of family and relationships law. Our team is highly experienced and offer practical and proactive advice to your situation.
We have handled family law matters ranging from the mutually decided divorce to complex matters involving multiple entities and properties. We assess your situation and make recommendations on proper case management and suggest practical strategies.
We are more than happy to work with other professionals, such as your accountant and financial adviser.
We can help you with any issue pertaining to your family law matter including:-
Both parents have a responsibility to support their children. If a private agreement cannot be reached, the Child Support Agency can assist in assessing and collecting child support.
Contravention of Parenting Orders
Unfortunately, Parenting Orders are not the end of the matter for some parties.
A parent contravenes Parenting Orders when:-
- He or she fails to comply with the Parenting Orders
- He or she takes action that prevents the other parent from spending time with the children in accordance with the Parenting Orders
An Application for Divorce must be made through the Federal Magistrates Court.
It is unfortunate that the event of separation often gives rise to an incident of domestic violence.
Relief from domestic violence can be sought through either the State Court or the Federal Court. If you are in immediate danger you should always contact the Queensland Police first and then us.
Your safety and that of the children is paramount.
Family Dispute Resolution
In an effort to resolve parenting disputes without the need to file proceedings in Court, the Family Law Act 1975 now requires that unless exempted, parents must participate in the Family Dispute Resolution process before taking their matter to Court. This is known as the Family Dispute Resolution regime.
We are able to provide you with advice in respect of parenting issues concerning your children or grandchildren.
The best interests of the children are always paramount.
Property matters are dealt with by the Family Law Act 1975. The legislation now applies to both de facto relationship matters and marriages in the majority of cases.
Time limits apply so it is imperative that you receive legal advice as soon as possible.
Recovery and Location Orders
It may be necessary to apply to the Court for a recovery or a location Order when a party unilaterally relocates with the child.
Spousal maintenance is financial support paid by one party to the other.
Time is of the essence in such matters and you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
For more information, contact Sarah Higton.