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Cudmore Legal – Family Lawyers Brisbane
Cudmore Legal is a prominent and respected family and divorce law firm, providing high-quality family law advice in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and surrounding areas.
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Family Law Services
Our family lawyers offer a full suite of family law services:
- parenting advice;
- property settlement and financial separation;
- superannuation splitting;
- divorce applications;
- consent orders;
- binding financial agreements;
- domestic violence;
- court hearings and trials;
- mediation representation; and
- general family law advice.
If you choose any of our family or divorce lawyers, you will be getting the support of an entire team. Our solicitors work closely together to ensure our clients get varied solutions, which, in turn, provides them with the best legal outcome in their case.
How we can help
Fresh Start Advice
If you have separated or are considering separation, we offer tailored and confidential initial legal advice, which we call fresh start advice.We offer this over the phone or in person.
You can expect to receive detailed legal advice specific to your situation, for example:
- how much is a fair % split;
- what parenting arrangements might be appropriate;
- how to formalise current parenting arrangements;
- what you should do with the family home, assets or super;
- how to proceed with or without lawyers.
This advice is 1-2 hours of legal advice to answer the family law questions unique to your situation, designed to set the path out of your current family law situation.
General family law advice
If you have a specific question or unique family situation, and you would like to have an in-depth discussion with one of our family lawyers, we offer a general family law advice session, useful for when you:
- have family court orders, and you want to discuss them;
- you want us to review a parenting plan or agreement;
- have an upcoming mediation and want advice on the process; or
- you would like some general family law advice.
It is to be specific and tailored advice to your unique family law situation.
Quick Phone Chat
If you have a simple family law question or would like to obtain a quote for our legal drafting services, we can offer you a quick family law phone chat.In a quick family law phone chat, you can expect to have a brief discussion with a divorce and family lawyer to speak about family law and your case generally.
We can, in some cases, provide a quote on:
- Brisbane divorce applications;
- consent orders; or
- binding financial agreements.
Upcoming Court Advice
If you have a court date coming up, our family court lawyers can discuss with you options, solutions and likely court outcomes.
We like to avoid Family Court, but when it is unavoidable, you should get legal advice. We can discuss with you your rights and options for:
- domestic violence hearings;
- interim parenting or property hearings;
- final parenting or property trials; or
- family lawyer arbitration hearings.
If you are interested in learning more about having initial advice with one of our family lawyers, please call us on (07) 3608 5116.
MEET THE LAWYERS
Your family law team
Legal Practice Director
Luke is an outspoken family law advocate. Luke ensures all family law matters meet high standards of quality and care across the firm.
Tayla is a passionate and well known Brisbane family lawyer with experience in complex financial settlements and child custody matters.
Sarah is a senior and versatile family and divorce lawyer. Sarah has a compassionate yet clear family law approach which is favoured by her clients.
Aaron is one of Cudmore Legal’s longest-standing lawyers. His clients love Aaron for his down to earth attitude and direct approach.
Amelia is a highly respected family law associate. Amelia is known for resolving conflicts in a calm and measured approach.
Hannah is an extremely friendly and compassionate family lawyer. Hannah is in-tune with her client’s emotions throughout their family law journey.
Jackson is a well respected family lawyer that is extremely passionate about delivering his clients the best results.
Amahlia Riley is a graduate lawyer training in Family Law, Wills and Estates. Amahlia has been with Cudmore Legal from June 2020 and quickly progressed up the ranks due to her skill and determined demeanor.
If you would like to talk any of our divorce or family lawyers, call us on (07) 3317 8346 or email [email protected].
HOW WE CAN HELP
How our we can help you
A financial separation, often known as a property settlement is the formal legal end in family law matter. It is when two parties divide property by the family law act. Your property settlement entitlements and the best way to structure your property split is dependent on your family law situation. Contrary to popular belief, you are not entitled to 50/50 automatically.
When two parents separate, it can dramatically impact a child’s life—the best interests of the child are the most critical consideration in the child custody case. What is in the child’s best interest and what a parent wants can conflict, but the Family Court will only make orders for the child’s best interest. Parental rights aren’t the main concern or even necessarily a real legal principle considered by the Family Court.
Mediation is compulsory in family law matters and often required in property settlement matters. It is a less formal and more inclusive way to resolve a family law dispute. The mediator acts as a person helping to resolve the conflict inclusively, contrary to family court when a judge will decide on the conflict in a non-inclusive manner.
Binding Financial Agreements are complex family law documents that essentially override the Family Law Act and its relevant property provisions. If done properly, they are as good as Family Court orders. If they don’t get done properly, they can get overturned.
Divorce Applications can be made 12 months after separation. If you have been married for less than two years, but more than 30 days you will be required to attend counselling. You do not need the other party to agree to a divorce application. You can make the divorce application on your own, and this is called a sole divorce application. If the other party consents, you can make a joint divorce application. If you were married overseas, you need to make an international divorce application.
The Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court hears almost all family law matters. The local magistrate court hears domestic violence matters. Regardless of which Family Court you go to they have what the call’ court events’ these mean you may see a registrar some times, a family consultant at other times and a judge some times. You don’t necessarily need a lawyer at each court event; however, in most cases, it is a good idea.
To formalise parenting or financial arrangments parties will usually enter into a consent order or Binding Financial Agreement. A consent order is as strong as a court order, as it is a court order by consent. When parties enter into consent orders, it means parties have agreed to the terms of the order and put it before a registrar to seal it. Consent orders are the most likely outcome in family law cases.
Domestic violence is an area of law that is covered by state legislation. You can obtain a domestic violence order through the police, or you can apply privately for an order yourself or with the help of a domestic violence lawyer. Parties to domestic violence orders will usually begin with a temporary arrangement. The magistrate will then hear whether a formal longer order is required.
Child recovery orders can be made by the Family Law Court whether or not existing court orders are in place. If it is in the best interest of the child/ren a child recovery order will be given; often an order will also be accompanied by a location order (to search and locate a child), an interim parenting order (to stop the child getting retaken) or an airport watchlist order to keep the child in the country.
Sometimes known as prenuptial agreements, financial agreements pre-separation act as post-separation directions on what will happen with financial assets. There are many pros and cons of prenuptial agreements, and they can be costly if not done right. The main two legal aspects to a financial agreement include the actual deal itself and the independent certificate of advice.
What our Brisbane family law clients say
Our reputation speaks for itself.
Luke gave great confidence and reassurance in a time that was quite stressful. His guidance, calm demeanour and professional manner in handling my matter were amazing. We got the results we were going for. I would highly recommend Cudmore legal.