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

What conditions can be set in Domestic Violence Orders?

What conditions can the court impose in Domestic Violence Orders?

A Domestic Violence Order is a document issued by a court which orders a person to stop threats or acts of domestic violence. In this article, we will look at the conditions set by the court in a DVO and the duration of Protection Orders.

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Does a protection order prevent me from spending time with my child?

Does a protection order prevent me from seeing my children?

A protection order is a document issued by a court that orders a person to stop threats or acts of domestic violence. It does not automatically prevent you from seeing your children. However, there can be situations where the making of a protection order against you may affect your contact and communication with your children.

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Domestic violence involving economic/financial abuse

Domestic violence involving financial abuse

We have previously looked at the types of behaviour which constitute domestic violence. In this blog, we look specifically at economic and financial abuse.

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The different forms of abuse that constitute domestic violence

Types of domestic violence

Many members of the community still believe that domestic violence requires an element of physicality or physical harm towards another person. This is not actually the case and domestic violence can include economic abuse, emotional abuse, threatening behaviour and coercive behaviour.

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