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Alecia Connor – Best Wilson Buckley
Associate Combining her qualifications and experience Alecia is particularly effective in dealing with difficult children’s matters including relocation, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues and communication difficulties between parents. read more
Amity Anderson – Best Wilson Buckley
Legal Partner Amity provides her clients with a compassionate and practical approach with knowledge and experience in all family law matters. Supporting her clients towards a resolution for their family law matter. read more
Amy Hollis – Best Wilson Buckley
Paralegal Amy has 10 years’ experience in family law working in the Best Wilson Buckley Brisbane office. Amy provides her with an understanding of all areas of family law including property settlement and divorce applications; as well as holding a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate in Legal Support. Assisting people through a tough situation is highly rewarding to Amy. read more
Andrew McCormack – Best Wilson Buckley
Senior Associate | Accredited Family Law Specialist and Collaborative Lawyer Andrew has a particular interest in family law matters that involve rural families. He currently writes a rural-focused blog The Rural Family Lawyer about family law in general and its impact on rural families. read more
Annabel Myatt – Best Wilson Buckley
Solicitor Annabel has been working exclusively in family law since joining Best Wilson Buckley in February 2015 and was admitted as a lawyer in October 2016. Annabel works as a Solicitor and manages Applications for Divorce in the Toowoomba office. Annabel’s path in family law, along with her compassionate and empathetic, yet enthusiastic approach to her work and life was with a genuine desire to improve situations for those experiencing stressful and emotional circumstances. read more
Carla Franchina – Best Wilson Buckley
Senior Solicitor Carla’s motivation is a to guide clients through a difficult time by delivering expert service and advice is in family law. Passionate about assisting clients to resolve their family law matter quickly and cost effectively to minimise their emotional and financial stress. Carla’s interactions with clients have been described as empathetic and proactive which assist clients in feeling confident and positive about moving on with their lives following a relationship breakdown. read more
Charmagne Haidley – McNamara & Associates
Associate Charmagne has practiced exclusively in family law for almost 9 years. Charmagne is dedicated to meeting client expectations and gaining successful results for her clients. read more
Dan Buckley – Best Wilson Buckley
Legal Partner Appreciated by his clients for his compassionate professionalism, Dan has worked hard to develop a style which assists clients to make critical decisions concerning their children and their financial interests. read more
David Millwater – McNamara & Associates
Partner David has fifteen years of practical experience appearing on behalf of clients in Court, negotiating agreements to settle disputes, and getting results for clients on difficult matters. He has a wide background of legal knowledge in areas including family law, personal injury law, crime/traffic law, and civil litigation. read more
compensation | family law | criminal law | civil litigation
Emily Greenup – Attwood Marshall Lawyers
Senior Paralegal Emily works as a family law and estate planning paralegal, assisting in matrimonial and de facto property matters, parenting disputes, divorce applications, and wills, enduring powers of attorney and appointments of enduring guardian. read more
Hayley Condon – Attwood Marshall Lawyers
Senior Associate Hayley has extensive experience in all aspects of Family Law, she has particular experience in dealing with more challenging cases involving entrenched property disputes. read more
family law | wills & estates
Jeremy Bruce – McNamara & Associates
Partner Jeremy predominately practices in the area of personal injury law and is passionate about obtaining successful outcomes for those injured in motor vehicle, work and other accidents. read more
compensation | wills & estates | family law
Jess Fry – Best Wilson Buckley
Paralegal Jess brings with her a caring and personable approach to supporting and working with clients, hoping to relieve their stress and assisting them through what can be a difficult time during their lives. Jess has over five years’ experience as a Paralegal in the area of family law. read more
Divorce, unfortunately, has become a rather frequent reality in modern society with around one third of Australian marriages ending in divorce. In fact, as recently as 2016, Australia granted 46,604 divorces. In the case of divorce, separation, or even the new trend of “conscious uncoupling”, ex-partners are required to sort through finances, divide assets, and calculate contributions over the marital period. Couples with children have the added legal burden of determining custody arrangements for their children and child support, among other things.
Though, generally, you have the right to represent yourself in matters of family law, it is recommended that you seek the professional advice of an lawyer who has experience handling matters of family law so that your interests are best represented.
Knowledge & Experience
A lawyer trained and experienced in family law is going to be very knowledgeable about the intricacies of complex legal issues, potential loopholes, legal jargon, and the often strict time limits involved in family law cases. As a layperson, you may be able to quickly learn the basics of family law, but it would not be remotely comparable to the wealth of experience that a lawyer can provide.
What’s more, family law cases can be painful, stressful, and time-consuming, making it difficult for you to adequately represent yourself to the fullest extent. Despite your best intentions, you may allow your emotions over the deeply personal issues being debated to cloud your better judgement or cause you to succumb to the overall stress of the situation. A family law lawyer can provide an excellent support system and will bring a clinical professionalism to emotional situations in order to achieve the best result.
Counseling & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Due to the sensitive nature of family law cases, many ex-partners, especially parents, who are considering divorce are hesitant to drag their children through a potentially damaging court case. Many families try to avoid this entirely by seeking alternative dispute resolution. Luckily, many family lawyers have experience or training as counselors and are well-equipped to mediate, support, and negotiate family disputes. There are many benefits to Alternative Dispute Resolution, including: lower costs, greater efficiency, mutual satisfaction, decreased antagonism, increased mental-health, and a greater opportunity for closure.
This is especially important when a family law proceeding involves children. Whereas married couples who divorce may never have to see each other again once a divorce is finalized, ex-partners with children will be required to maintain a collaborative relationship for the duration of the child’s life. Alternative dispute resolution provides a far more collaborative way to determine the necessary childcare arrangements in a way which reduces bitterness and encourages cooperation.
When trying to find a family lawyer to represent you and your family, it is very important to remember that, just as every family is unique, so too is every family law case. Every situation is different and will have different needs based on the individual circumstances. However, even so there are two main characteristics that you should look for when researching family law lawyers Australia.
The first is that you are comfortable sharing with them. Though well-trained professionals, family lawyers are your first line of support during a possible painful case. Therefore, they should be active listeners, plain speakers, and understanding. Due to the personal and sensitive nature of family law subjects and the absolute necessity of sharing potentially embarrassing or uncomfortable details with your lawyer, it is crucial that you feel at ease doing so.
Second, they must be able to speak honestly and frankly with you. While it is important that a lawyer be sympathetic to you and your situation, they must still be able to give you tough news when necessary. Sometimes, a client may want to pursue a particular avenue of argument due to personal reasons, and it falls upon the lawyer to challenge them and make their expectations more realistic. A lawyer who deals with you honestly, rather than simply agreeing with you, is a lawyer who can be trusted to act in your best interests, even if that involves tough love.
If you are a loved one have family law needs or are considering a divorce or separation, contact one of our excellent family lawyers Australia if you have any questions. Protect your rights by getting a reliable family law lawyer in your corner to represent you today.