Divorce & Separation

Only Goldman Offers You A Choice

One of Australia’s leading family law firms with outstanding success also offers “Guided Self Help!”

For most clients divorce is the easy part but the parenting and financial matters can be very complex, financially expensive and emotionally draining.

We do act for you as senior lawyers in all aspects of family law, separation, including appeals and mediation. We also have arrange of fixed fee estimates and now, Guided Self Help.

Save 50%+ in Legal Fees

Our new solution for those clients who cannot completely afford our services is “Guided Self Help” where we advise and work with you as much as you need. Some clients have saved at least 50% in their legal fees with our Guided Self Help option.

Divorce & Separation

Why Goldman Law Is Different?

  1. 100% attention and 100% success rate. We are very careful as to the numbers clients we take on to ensure that all clients can be treated in a transparent and exemplary manner.

  2. We deal with complex or difficult matters which we always “win” for our clients.

  3. You will deal with a senior lawyer and a senior partner and you can call or email us at any time and who will keep you informed.

  4. We provide you a tailored approach to your needs with complete and detailed fee estimates in advance at every stage.

  5. No fee surprises. The first law firm to provide the guided legal self-help option where you use us as needed. A wide range of fixed fee services for many aspects of family law so you know the service and the cost in advance.

Contact us now for a no obligation discussion with a senior partner or senior family lawyer.

Our Senior Family Lawyers

Jaswinder (Jas) Sekhon

Jaswinder (Jas) Sekhon

Managing Director

Jaswinder strives to simplify and demystify complex legal matters, to explain them logically and without “jargon”. He resolves and commits to the best possible commercial outcomes for his clients.

  • Complex family law financial matters
  • Complex valuations or structures in family law
  • Commercial practical outcomes and strategy for clients
  • Family law litigation and appeals
  • Accredited Mediator
Jennifer Cheal

Jennifer Cheal

Senior Associate/Practice Manager

As the practice director, Jennifer is a consummate professional and simply an outstanding lawyer. She has a great eye for relevant detail and yet also a wonderful sense of perspective in devising and implementing legal strategies.

  • Financial and complex parenting matters
  • Litigation in family law
  • Best negotiated outcomes in family law
  • Accredited Mediator


What Happens If A Parenting Order Has Been Breached?

If the Court finds that an order has been breached, depending upon the seriousness of the contravention, the Court has the power to make a variety of orders. For example, the Court could make an order for:

  • Make up time to compensate for the time that the person missed;
  • A person to attend parenting education programs such as a post separation parenting program;
  • A person to enter into a bond with the Court to do certain things for a period of up to 2 years. This may involve attending appointments for counselling or being of “good behaviour”. Good behaviour could include making sure that a person complies with the Court orders in the future;
  • A fine to be imposed;
  • Imprisonment for up to 12 months; and/or
  • The party who breached the orders to pay the other party’s legal costs. In addition, the Court can decide to vary or change your original parenting order as part of the contravention proceedings. This can be done even if you did not apply for the Court to change the order. Often the first thing the Court will do when a breach has been proved is assess whether an order needs to be varied to prevent any further problems in the future. The most common outcomes in contravention applications are orders for make up time and for the breaching party to attend a parenting course, especially the first time a breach of the Court orders is found to have taken place.

Who Is Involved In Contravention Proceedings?

The person applying for a contravention order is called “the applicant”. Any person that has previously been a party to a parenting order is able to apply to the Court.

The “respondent” to a contravention application is the person alleged to have contravened or breached the parenting orders. This will usually be the other parent.

Should I Be Worried About Court Costs?

The Court is required to consider whether to make an order for the applicant to pay the respondent’s costs in the following circumstances:

  • The contravention application is dismissed because the alleged breach could not be proved.
  • A respondent successfully argues that there was “reasonable excuse” for contravening the order.
  • There have been contravention applications made by the applicant in the past which have failed.

The Court must consider making a costs order against the respondent if it finds that there has been a contravention of the orders.

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    Rapid Global Logistics
    Goldman’s dispute resolution/ litigation group has furnished legal advice and steerage throughout a hard and vicious court scenario. I discovered them to be experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. Jas is amazing on the overview and strategy. Ms Jen Cheal as the practice manager excels in knowledge, details and delivery; harnessing and enhancing the lawyers. Kim as client liaison is great to call when I need to speak with the legal eagles on weekends or nights when no one would answer my call! Thanks for the corny jokes Kim! (seriously). The senior team kept me informed and drove the litigation better than I expected and honestly, its no comparison to other firms I have used. I have used some very large and good firms (at 30% more cost +) but it always comes down to the people and their willingness. Not cheap here – but always reasonable and willing to review invoices and fees. Worth double with the drive and energy to win! Litigation is never a good thing and the last thing you need are jaded lawyers. Recommended and 5 star ! Thanks guys!
    Josh Henry
    Josh Henry
    I was uncertain and afraid of what would happen at court. Mat Nott put my fears at ease leading up the my court date and then on the day it unfolded exactly as he said it would. We got the best possible outcome. Thank you Mat for your help and expertise.
    Frances Thiedeke
    Frances Thiedeke
    Well considered advice presented in a way that was easy to understand and answered all questions. Thank you
    Gina Modesto
    Gina Modesto
    Harjin, the business development staff was very friendly and most of the time you can contact by phone straightaway and this made it more professional experience.
    Henry Cuba
    Henry Cuba
    Thank you Matthew for helping me through this tough time. you went above and beyond when working on my case.. Matthew is absolutely fantastic and doing a great job. I highly recommend him.

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