Areas of practice.
Holmes Donnelly & Co. specialises in all areas of family law and conducts family law cases across Australia, including in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court. We pride ourselves on our reputation as a dynamic and progressive firm with a social conscience, and service clients throughout Australia and the globe. Our solicitors include an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner, an independent children’s lawyer and a team of Accredited Specialists in Family Law. We provide expert advice and representation in the following areas.
Divorce is the formal ending of a marriage by court order. Applications for divorce can vary in complexity – we are here to help you move through the process quickly and easily, answering your questions and helping you feel in control.
DE FACTO & SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS
Since 2009 property settlements for de facto couples have been dealt with under the Family Law Act. We assist de facto and same-sex couples with all aspects of separation including property, child support and de facto spouse maintenance.
SPOUSE & DE FACTO SPOUSE MAINTENANCE
One party is often left in a worse financial situation after the end of a de facto relationship or marriage. If so, you may be entitled to maintenance from the other party. Our solicitors are available to advise you about this.
PROPERTY & FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS
After a marriage or de facto relationship comes to an end, our solicitors are experienced in all property matters and can provide you with advice around the critical question of how your assets, superannuation and liabilities will be handled.
INTERNATIONAL RELOCATION & CHILD ABDUCTION
After separation, a dispute may arise if one parent wants to move interstate or overseas (or does so without the knowledge or consent of the other parent). Our firm is highly experienced in this area and can assist you without delay.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The delays in the family law courts are well-reported and known throughout the profession. We actively seek out methods other than litigation to resolve your dispute, including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.
Often disputes about children can be the most difficult area to deal with when relationships come to an end. If you and your partner are not able to come to an agreement, we can advise you about your options under the Family Law Act.
Child support refers to money paid by one parent to another for the support of their child or children. There are a number of options available in relation to child support including assessment, and we can support you through the process.
FINANCIAL (INCL. PRE-NUPTIAL) AGREEMENTS
Financial agreements can be entered into before, during or after a de facto relationship or marriage. They can provide protection and certainty as to what will occur if your relationship breaks down, minimising the risk of later disputes.
At Holmes Donnelly & Co., we know that finding the right family law representative is one of the most important choices you will make. That’s why we’re here to talk through your needs whenever you need us.