Welcome to Cudmore Legal Family Lawyers
Our lawyers can advise and assist you through divorce or separation. Whether you need help with a simple divorce application or with untangling years of financial interdependence, our divorce lawyers are ready to help. We offer a full suite of family law services across Brisbane including child custody, property settlement, divorce, domestic violence and financial agreements.
We begin with a 15 minute free phone consultation, you can book online here or call us on (07) 3317 8346.
Luke Cudmore – Principal Lawyer
Luke is the Director and Principal Lawyer of Cudmore Legal. A member of the Queensland Law Society, seasonal academic at Queensland University of Technology and a regular volunteer at legal clinics. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
He is a father of two young children, which makes him particular empathetic to the emotions felt by parents in a child custody dispute.
Rebecca Pierluigi – Senior Associate
Rebecca is a senior associate with Cudmore Legal. A member of the Queensland Law Society and seasonal academic at Queensland University of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Applied Law in Family Law.
Rebecca has a skilled business acumen and understanding of complex business structures which makes her extremely useful in property settlement disputes where businesses or in-depth assets are involved.
Aaron Ball – Associate
Aaron Ball is an associate with Cudmore Legal. A member of the Queensland Law Society, Family Law Practitioners of Australia and Admitted to the High Court of Australia. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
Aaron has experience working with and in State and Federal government agencies, focusing on law enforcement and statutory compliance.
Amelia Medina – Lawyer
Amelia is a lawyer with Cudmore Legal. A member of the Queensland Law Society and Admitted to the High Court of Australia. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
Amelia is an emphatic and compassionate lawyer best suited in child custody and property disputes.
Our range of family law services
Where do you start?
Most of our clients come to us extremely anxious and overwhelmed. There is a lot of myth to the family law system. We recommend you familiarise yourself with our family law blog which has a lot of useful information. Also just give us a call, we are more than happy to help set you in the right direction.
Quick phone consultation – what’s family law myth and what’s family law truth?
Speaking to a real person with real family law experience can almost instantly provide you with some relief. If you would like to learn more about our services and how we can assist we recommend you just speak to us over the phone. Book a consultation online here or call us now on (07) 3317 8346.
$95 initial 1 hour family law consultation
It can be intimidating seeing a lawyer for the first time. Our lawyers are down to earth and approachable. We don’t want you leaving our offices confused or feeling worse than you did before, so we encourage an open dialogue where you can ask any questions and feel confident with the answers you are given.
Our relationship with our clients is the key to our success. It’s important you have faith in your lawyer and trust their advice, otherwise, you might end up making the wrong decision. That’s why each step of the way our family lawyers are right there with you, counselling you and building their relationship with you so you can make the right decisions.
Our one hour initial consultations are $95 please contact us on (07) 3317 8346 or book your initial family law consult online here.
Family Law Fixed Fees and Upfront Costing
We aim for early and cost-effective resolutions. Nearly all family law matters are settled out of court. Most people with the right guidance and legal advice can reach an agreement. Our lawyers will provide you with practical and sensible advice to help you reach an agreement before taking the matter to court.
Divorce Property Settlement
After many years of being fused financially, we will guide you through the process of untangling your financial relationships. We will explore all dispute resolution options and help you negotiate a fair and reasonable deal. There are numerous factors to be taken into account when deciding on a split, including contributions, length of the marriage, future needs, children and anything that might affect how property should be divided. That is why it is essential to get legal assistance with a qualified and experienced divorce lawyer before splitting marital assets.
In Australia, a property settlement needs to be equitable, not equal. That means there is no requirement for a 50/50 split in assets between divorced couples. Your divorce lawyer will provide you with an estimate of what you would be entitled to in the property split if your matter ever went to court. It is with that estimate we negotiate with the other side to reach a fair deal.
It is very common for couples to disagree on a settlement figure or division of assets. In this case, it’s best that both sides get legal advice, so you can understand your legal rights and entitlements. Most of the time when both parties have seen separate lawyers they will usually be able to come to an agreement through negotiation.
In property settlement matters Cudmore Legal can provide fixed fee arrangements or pay-at-the-end arrangements on a case by case basis.
Property Settlement Solutions when you’ve already agreed on a split
If you’ve already reached an agreement and merely want to formalise it, then consent orders are the most commonly used solution. Another way to formally document your divorce or family law property settlement is by way of financial agreement.
Whether you need assistance with a divorce application or simply some advice, our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to handle your divorce proceedings with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity. The financial dissolution of a marriage is one of the largest components in a divorce law case but it’s only a component, getting a divorce is a separate legal step. Learn more about divorce.
A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage and is not a legal requirement to split property. The court needs to be satisfied that suitable arrangements are made for the care of your children. Generally, the court just wants to know the parents have come up with common sense arrangements once the divorce takes effect. It is not a requirement that parenting orders are finalised, or a parenting plan be agreed to. Often parties put the interim parenting arrangements down, even if the children are not spending time with the other party. The court only needs to be satisfied the children are being clothed, fed and are going to school (if applicable)
Before your divorce lawyer assists you with a divorce application, it is essential to be aware of time limits in relation to property distribution. You will only have 12 months from the date of divorce to enforce your property entitlements. That is why usually parties will resolve their asset split before applying for a divorce.
If you’ve been in a de facto relationship, you may be just as entitled to seek adjustments in property as someone married for the same length of time.
Learn more about defacto relationships.
A parenting plan is an informal and affordable way to document your child custody arrangements. Learn more about how we can help with parenting plans.
Family law firm focused on reaching agreement
If you’ve agreed with your former spouse about child custody arrangements, and want something formal, we can assist with consent orders. If you’ve already decided on what to do with your property, you have two options to ensure that you’re legally protected in the future:
- Consent Order
- Binding Financial Agreement
Both of these options have their pros and cons, but having one of these documents in place can save you money on stamp duty or other taxes.