When Experience Matters
We Won’t Back Down
Our Gosford lawyers are experts in Family Law. We want to assist you to get the best outcome so you can move forward with your life.
Call us today for practical legal advice to come up with a plan tailored to your individual needs.
We won’t back down when it comes to your rights.
Are you Chinese Australian? We also have a Chinese speaking Solicitor in our team, so please get in touch with us if that makes you comfortable.
Why does experience matter?
How long will my Court case take?
What is the difference between a Financial Agreement and Consent Orders?
A Financial Agreement is a private document that is arranged between the parties through their lawyers. Consent Orders are approved by the courts and need to be assessed to determine if they are fair and equitable. These are legally binding and have clear enforcement measures.
Please see our CONSENT ORDERS section for more information on this subject.
Do I have to go to Mediation?
If you cannot agree with your former partner about childcare arrangements and decide to apply to the court, then you will need to attend Mediation (with some exceptions). Mediation is designed to have an independent person (a trained Mediator) to allow each party to communicate their wishes regarding parenting going forward.
Mediation is also designed for property settlement matters to allow the parties to start negotiations to avoid the costly and sometimes lengthy court process.
We can arrange Mediation quickly through private mediators which allows you to start moving on with life.
How long do I have before I have to apply to the Court? Is there a time limit?
There are different time limits for Property and matters to do with Children.
For Property Settlement
If you are getting a divorce and it is relating to your property, then you have 12 months to apply after the Divorce is granted. If you are de facto partners, then you have two years to apply to the court. There are certain circumstances where leave is granted by the Court to apply outside these times. Please be aware that time frames are enforceable and leave is not automatic, resulting in delaying your case further.
There is no limit to apply for a Children’s Order. If you already have Final Orders in place you will have to show a significant change of circumstances for the Court to hear your matter again.