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Family Lawyers in NSW

Marriage breakdown is considered to be one of the most stressful situations that you may encounter in life. How you cope with it will depend on many things, which is why caring, compassionate and experienced legal help is so important.

We understand the trauma you are experiencing and we will do our best to manage your best interests through a difficult time. You are not alone; we have the expertise to get you through a divorce or separation and any complex property settlement that might arise.

We have been helping the people of NSW cope with these tough situations and move on with their lives since 1969.

Family and De Facto Lawy

Matthew Carney - Family Lawyer in NSW

Fact Sheets

First Step Package
Property Settlement
Guide to Proceedings
Child Support
Separation Agreements

We can help you with:

  • Children - we are experienced in ensuring your best interests and those of your children are protected - clear advice and action on living arrangements for children, child support and more. This includes parenting plans and consent orders.

Getting started on separation:

Where do you start, what about the children, what's fair, will I need to go to court?

The prospect of separation is a frightening mix of questions for anyone unfamiliar with the process. This is why we recommend our First Step Package (FSP) - a fixed fee service. The FSP is an initial appointment for up to two hours that includes full written advice, detailed information and everything you need to help get you started.

We can assist you with:

  • Advice and assistance in negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement
  • Representation in Court, if necessary
  • Advice and assistance in to help you cope with the situation

First Step Package

What happens during the property settlement process? (Video)

Family Law & De Facto Law - Related Articles

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  3. Is my former partner entitled to some of my inheritance?
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  5. In Australia only a man and woman can marry, but what is the definition of a man?
  6. Not all relationships are de facto relationships
  7. How do I get to see my grandchildren?
  8. Capital Gains Tax Rollover Relief: A benefit for some, a potential liability for others!
  9. How does a Court determine how separated parents spend time with their children post separation?
  10. How Formalising Your Property Settlement Can Save You Thousands Through Stamp Duty Exemptions
  11. Capital Gains Tax and Family Law Property Settlements
  12. What if you separate and one person refuses to move out?
  13. If I move out, does my ex get to keep the house?
  14. Loans to Children - The riskiest loans of all?
  15. Recording your ex at changeover
  16. A Redundancy Payment is Property and Can Be Divided in a Property Settlement
  17. Transgender Children and the Family Court
  18. Relocation, Recovery Orders and the Court
  19. Post-Separation Earnings Are Included in a Property Settlement - So don't delay!
  20. Are you fleeing from domestic violence?
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  22. What is parental alienation?
  23. What is a void marriage?
  24. What is Spousal Maintenance? Are you entitled to Spousal Maintenance?
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  27. New Child Support Smart Mobile Phone App
  28. Lump sum contributions in property settlements
  29. Is there an automatic right to family law property settlement after a long relationship?
  30. Paternity Disputes in the Family Court
  31. When couples separate... how do we pay the mortgage?
  32. Don't leave it till the last minute. Divorce before you remarry...it's the law
  33. Doing a deal with your ex-spouse has just been made a whole lot more taxing
  34. Can I change my child's surname after separation?
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  45. Abortion & Pregnancy Termination - Who has jurisdiction?
  46. Family Violence: New Amendments to the Family Law Act
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