Family Law

 

Ask many people what is the most important thing in their life and they will say “my family”.  For that reason the practice of family law is unique and requires a very specialised approach.

Family law issues often arise from the break down of personal relationships and can be complex and emotionally charged.  We understand that this can be distressing.  At Rice Craig we will treat you with dignity and provide pragmatic advice.  We will arm you with knowledge and encourage you to be a decision-maker in the legal process so that we can work with you to achieve the best possible outcome. 

However not all family law issues arise in a crisis situation, we are often approached when there are changes in a client’s circumstances, such as new relationships, merging families, seeking an understanding of their legal rights or wanting to protect assets.


Whatever the circumstances are for you or your family we can assist.  We will draw on our collective experience to provide you accurate, practical, timely and cost-effective advice.  Our expertise includes the following areas:

  • Drafting and providing independent advice in respect of an agreement to protect relationship property
  • Advice on the division of assets at the end of a relationship
  • Negotiating resolutions
  • Drafting Separation and Contracting Out Agreements
  • Preparing, and appearing in, Family Court and High Court proceedings (if agreement cannot be reached and litigation is required)
  • Domestic Violence and Protection Orders
  • Parenting Matters (Children’s Care Arrangements)
  • Guardianship Matters (such as Relocation and Schooling)
  • Care and Protection of Children (CYFS/Caregiver Applications)
  • Protection of Personal Property Rights (Property Manager and Welfare Guardian Orders)
 
 

Contact a member of our team to help you with issues in this area

Stephen Temm

Stephen Temm

Consultant

Area of expertise: Property and business transactions, estate planning and administration, trusts, relationship property, elder law issues, and Family Protection Act claims.... More

Henry Herman

Henry Herman

Associate

Area of expertise: Family Law, including guardianship, relationship property matters and domestic violence to adoption, spousal maintenance and child support... More

Penny Stevens

Penny Stevens

Associate

Area of expertise: Family Law: PPPR Act proceedings, relationship property, child care and protection and domestic violence matters.... More

 
 

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