Family Law

A relationship breakdown is one of the most stressful events in life. It can involve emotions of anger, hurt, frustration and disappointment – to name just a few. Add to this the uncertainty of litigation and it is not hard to appreciate that seeing a qualified legal practitioner who can help you to negotiate a settlement is ideal. Our approach is down-to-earth, discreet and respectful. We prefer clients who are genuine in trying to resolve conflict and avoid court however we appreciate that this may not always be possible. That said, even if your matter ends up in court, we will always strive to try and resolve the conflict as early as possible so that you can move on with your life. We aim to help your family – not profit from it.

Entering into a Relationship/Getting Married?

This is an exciting time and often we forget, in the joy of the moment, what might happen if things do not work out. If protecting your assets in the event of a relationship breakdown is important to you, we can guide you on what measures can be taken in this regard. Often, the best time to plan for the worst is when everything is still okay.

Breaking Up/Separation/Divorce?

In the age of no fault divorce, obtaining a divorce is now much simpler than ever. Separating couples however often find themselves in difficulty when they have not properly planned ahead. McQiu Lawyers can help you in sorting out the practical arrangements such as:

  • What to do with the family home?
  • Which parent will the children live with?
  • How often will the children see the parent they are not living with?
  • What financial arrangements should be put in place in order to ensure both parties have the best possible start in their new lives?
  • Should a party claim spousal support or child support?

We will work with you to find practical and effective solutions regarding your children and property. Our solicitors understand from personal experience just how difficult this time can be and how quickly the little things become the big things. We will do everything we can to find the settlement that works best for you and your family to try and keep the emotional and financial cost to a minimum. McQiu Lawyers have helped many separating couples through this most difficult time of their lives by providing quality support and sound advice.

Best Interests of the Children

As parents ourselves, we understand how critical it is to ensure that children are not exposed to ongoing conflict. Where children are involved, there is often greater incentive for the parties to avoid conflict however sometimes, even the most loving of parents can be blinded by their own emotions. As solicitors, we have an obligation to act in the best interests of a child and the advice you receive will reflect that. Our experienced Family Law solicitors will help you to find the best possible outcome for you and the children. You may have questions like:

  • If we cannot agree on parenting, what other options are available instead of court?
  • What is the process for applying for parenting orders from the Family Court?
  • Can I change my child’s surname?
  • We have shared parental responsibility but my ex-partner has a drinking problem and I am concerned about our child’s safety, what can I do?

Why Choose McQiu Lawyers for your Family Law Matter?

You do not need to look far to find a qualified family lawyer. Before you choose a solicitor however, you should ask yourself this question – where do I want to be 12 months from now? If your primary focus is to fight to the end no matter what the cost, McQiu Lawyers may not be the firm for you. Our Family Law solicitors adopt a no nonsense approach and pride ourselves on helping clients who are equally focused on resolving their legal issues as efficiently and effectively as possible. When deciding who to represent you, you should be mindful of what it is you are wanting to achieve. If your primary focus is to be able to move on with your life and not spend the next 5 or more years fighting with your ex-partner over everything and anything, please contact us. We know that the outcome of any family law proceeding has the potential to impact you and your children for years to come so as a client of McQiu Lawyers you will always receive honest, reasoned advice.  Whether you are getting married or separating; whether you want someone to represent you or simply provide advice on what options are available to you, we can help.

To make an appointment today, please call (02) 8036 8333

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