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

Can I lodge a caveat in my family law matter?

Can I lodge a caveat on the family home during family law proceedings?

A caveat is a registered notice on a land title that will prevent the property from being sold or mortgaged until the caveat is withdrawn, lapsed or cancelled. How do they work in Family Law matters?

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I won the lotto! Does it form part of my family law property settlement?

I won the lotto! Does it form part of my family law property settlement?

Generally, in family law, the winnings from a lottery ticket will constitute part of the parties’ property pool. What is contentious is the contributions each party made to purchasing the winning ticket at the time and the subsequent percentage split of the property pool after the win.

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What is disclosure in Family Law?

What is disclosure in Family Law?

Usually, before we make big decisions, we ensure we are fully informed. Family Law applies the same principles. These principles are referred to collectively, as ‘disclosure’ or your 'duty of disclosure'.

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Time limits for property and financial matters in Family Law proceedings

Time limits for property and financial matters in Family Law proceedings

If you’re going through the Family Law system, you will be subject to time limits with some proceedings. If you are looking to resolve property matters or financial proceedings, different time limits will apply depending on the status of your relationship.

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