Family Law

Family law is the area of law that deals with matters like divorce, property settlement, childrens’ issues (including who the children live with, visitation rights and guardianship rights), spousal maintenance and annulment of marriage, among other matters.

We all know that relationship breakdown is stressful. It can also be confusing, traumatic and financially crippling if you don’t get the right advice. Skilled, tailored and timely legal advice will ensure you know your obligations and achieve your rights and entitlements.

Hall Payne’s family lawyers have been helping clients achieve good outcomes promptly and cost-effectively for decades. We give trustworthy and practical advice after couples or families part ways.

A lawyer will tell you that you need legal advice for almost everything, but this is one area of life where legal advice will help you no matter what your situation.

The impact a relationship has on your life and the lives of any children you may have, is significant and legal advice means that you’re fully informed when it comes to making important decisions as to what that impact may be. On a practical level, legal advice will also help you to navigate the multiple deadlines and obligations you face, and will help free you from these administrative concerns so you can focus on the wellbeing of your family and yourself.

While we recommend family law legal advice regardless of your situation, there are a number of situations where legal advice is essential, and seeking urgent advice will have an enormous impact on your life moving forward:

  1. When there are children involved or money and property, legal advice will support you in making any decisions that are enforceable.
  2. Where you are seeking a court order or are required to appear before the court for other reasons.
  3. If your partner is selling, using or removing joint assets or has left you with no money or access to joint funds.

Our Family Law Team

Blog Posts - Family Law

How do I enter into a Binding Financial Agreement?

Types of Binding Financial Agreements (Prenuptial Agreement)

Binding Financial Agreements (BFA) are “financial” agreements used in family law. They are often colloquially known as prenups or prenuptial agreements. BFA’s are entered into prior to, during a marriage or de facto relationship or after a marriage or de facto relationship.

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Family law courts COVID list for urgent matters

The Family Law Courts establish a new “COVID-19 list” to deal with urgent coronavirus impacted matters

The Family Law Courts have now implemented a COVID-19 list. The list is exclusively for urgent family law matters which have arisen as a direct result of the impact of the coronavirus.

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PPP500 scheme for property settlement

The new PPP500 scheme to speed up family law property settlements

A new pilot program for family law matters, known as Priority Property Pool under $500,000 (PPP500 cases) and aimed at expediting eligible property settlement cases, commenced on 1 March 2020.

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What if I can’t comply with my Parenting Orders due to COVID restrictions?

Parenting Orders during COVID-19. What happens if compliance becomes difficult?

If parents have Parenting Orders which have been impacted by the pandemic, for example, the forced shutdown of schools and state borders, they need to communicate with each other and reach a practical solution to resolve these difficulties if it is safe to do so.

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