Discuss your matter directly with the
National Head of our Family law legal division

Discuss your matter directly with the National Head of our Family law legal division

Evaluate your strategy in your family
law matter with a no obligation discussion

Evaluate your strategy in your family law matter with a no obligation discussion

The family law system has changed. The focus is on dispute resolution and as long list of what you have to do before you get in front of the Court!

The fee structure has changed. Both parties and their lawyers have to go through quite a process before we appear in front of a judge. This process means that you will pay less upfront and that the issues in dispute are more clearly defined between the parties.

Step one – write to the other side

We write to the other side to invite them to resolve the dispute and we outline what
our arguments are and what we are seeking.

We write to the other side to invite them to resolve the dispute and we outline what our arguments are and what we are seeking.

Step two – attend dispute resolution

We select a dispute resolution service and we attend that service – this will cost
both parties legal fees and the fees for the dispute resolution service.

We selected dispute resolution service and we attend that service – this will cost both parties legal fees and the fees for the dispute resolution service.

Step three – written notice of issues and future intentions

If we reach agreement then we file for consent orders in the agreement is formalised. If dispute resolution is not attended or fails to reach a solution, and at this stage we write again of the notice of the intention to start a proceeding. We again list issues in dispute and the genuine offer to resolve this issue is and wait at least 14 days from the date of the letter.

Step four – reply to the notice of intention

If you receive such a notice of intention then we must reply on your behalf within
this time period.

If you receive such a notice of intention then we must reply on your behalf within this time period.

Step five – lodge an application in Court

Finally, after reasonable attempts to resolve the above by correspondence, we
may file proceedings via an application Court.

Finally, after reasonable attempts to resolve above by correspondence, we may file proceedings via an application in Court.

There are many good lawyers however having a lawyer that understands your position and negotiate with you and for you is now more important. Goldman lawyers produce outstanding results in settlement of disputes in family law and litigation generally. Our success rate is over 98%.

We would welcome a confidential discussion on your strategy without obligation. With the change in rules it may be a good time to change lawyers and change the focus.

Family counselling is different to family dispute resolution. FDR is a process in which someone independent of the parties helps people to resolve some or all of their disputes arising from separation or divorce.

FDR may be offered by the Court by Judicial Registrar and agreements at court based FDR can be formalised and made into binding Court orders. The same can be achieved through consent orders if there is a private FDR.

A mediator is a private individual again whose independent that helps the parties resolve the issues. FDR is a specific type of mediation which needs to be undertaken prior to the commencement of court proceedings in parenting matters.

Conciliation conference is another dispute resolution eventful financial proceedings which is conducted by Judicial Registrar.

Arbitration is a process (other than the judicial process) in which parties to a financial dispute present arguments and evidence to an independent arbitrator, who makes a determination to resolve the dispute (see section 10L of the Family Law Act 1975).

Arbitrators are experienced legal practitioners who are specially trained and accredited in arbitration. Arbitrators must be accredited by Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM) to be able to conduct family law arbitrations.

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and driven to obtain the best commercial
and legal outcomes for our clients.

Our commercial litigation and communication
skills underpin our premium family law services.

Our lawyers have an immense amount of experience in family law court proceedings and in resolving disputes outside of court. Some of our senior lawyers have over 30 years in law and have been some of the leading practitioners in family law in Australia.

We also facilitate and encourage online work and after hours conference calls and meetings to fit in with your work or parenting lifestyle. Our flexible rates – fixed fees and special help for those in need whether it’s instalment payments, legal aid or selected pro bono work. Many of our senior lawyers have been through family law situations personally and know exactly how you feel and how you wish to be treated.

We regularly assist clients with:

  • Preparing and interpreting parenting plans;
  • Preparing and finalising consent orders dealing with parenting and/or property matters;
  • Preparation and review and finalising binding financial agreements (at any stage of a relationship) and child support agreements.
  • Location and recovery order proceedings.
  • Legal questions relating to de facto and same-sex relationships.
  • Divorce applications- pre nups and post nups.
  • Representation for enforcement issues/family law court order contravention proceedings.
  • Child passport issues, "Airport Watch List" and Hague Convention matters (concerning when a child is taken overseas).
  • Applying for/responding to family violence intervention orders in court.
  • Prenup’s and post ups including all aspects of binding financial agreements.
  • Asset protection following separation is another one of our expert areas.

It is important that you have a rapport with the law firm and are comfortable with the law firm’s approach. This also means not only in the context of pricing and how the firm works but also with the person who will be dealing with your particular matter.

In our experience, many clients do not shop around and are simply too glad to give the work to the first family law firm that returns their calls. We encourage you to speak to us even if you have sought to engage another lawyer or if you are unhappy with the services you are receiving. We have taken on many matters from other lawyers. Some situations other lawyers simply could not deal with.

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