Family & Divorce

Family disputes involving separation, divorce and children are by nature delicate and emotional. We want you to concentrate on you, and leave the legal issues to us. As family and divorce lawyers, we can help finalise your divorce, negotiate a fair property settlement and resolve issues relating to the care/custody of your children.

Here at Stanley & Co. Lawyers, we offer a free, no obligation consultation. Our trained family and divorce lawyers will guide you through the various options available to you, making you aware of your entitlements and giving you a clear idea of the costs applicable to you. You can then have confidence and trust in our ability to deliver our service to the high level you expect.

We are one of the few family and divorce firms that practice in the area of Collaborative Law. This is an alternative to the traditional litigation process. It focuses on what is best for you and your family and allows you and your ex-partner to arrive at a resolution through a series of joint meetings. Read more about Collaborative Practice on our blog.

We like to make things simple for you. For this reason, we have payment options to suit you. In all cases we can offer you a fixed fee for our service. Further, for some matrimonial property disputes we can defer payment of our fees until settlement has been achieved.

The Courts we regularly attend for family and divorce matters include:

  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia

SOME OF OUR FIXED FEE SERVICES

Please call us to discuss our prices.

 

Preliminary Advice for a Property Settlement

  • We will meet with you to take your detailed instructions in respect of your matter;
  • We will draft a Statement of your instructions;
  • We will provide you with a letter of advice outlining the division of marital property to which you are likely entitled;
  • We will follow-up with you in relation to the letter of advice and take your instructions as to how you would like to proceed.

Preliminary Advice and Letter of Negotiation for a Property Settlement

  • We will meet with you to take your detailed instructions in respect of your matter;
  • We will draft a Statement of your instructions;
  • We will provide you with a letter of advice outlining the division of marital property to which you are likely entitled;
  • We will draft a letter of offer to the other party, proposing a resolution to the matter;
  • We will follow-up with you in relation to the letter of offer make one set of changes requested by you;
  • We will send the Letter of Offer to the other party;
  • We will consider any reply received from the other party;
  •  We will advise you in relation to the reply received and take your instructions thereafter, as to how you would like to proceed.

Consent Orders for a Property Settlement

  • We will meet with you to take your detailed instructions in respect of your matter;
  • We will provide you with advice that the agreement you have reached with your ex-partner is appropriate to be formalised by way of Consent Orders;
  • We will draft your Consent Orders;
  • We will send your Consent Orders to you for you to consider with your ex-partner;
  • Upon your instructions, we will make one (1) set of changes to the Consent Orders.
  • We will send to you a final copy of your Consent Orders and request that you arrange a time for you and your ex-partner to meet with us to execute your Consent Orders;
  • We will meet with you and your ex-partner to execute your Consent Orders;
  • We will file your Consent Orders at the Court;
  • We will peruse the sealed Consent Orders when received back from the Court (or peruse a letter from the Court disapproving the Consent Orders) and send you a letter of advice;
  • We will follow-up with you by phone in relation to our letter of advice and take your instructions as to how you would like to proceed.

Divorce

  • We will meet with you to take your detailed instructions in respect of your matter;
  • We will draft your Application for Divorce;
  • We will meet with you to execute your Application for Divorce;
  • We will file your Application for Divorce; We will serve your ex-partner with the Application for Divorce (by post or by hand);
  • We will meet with you for you to execute the service documents; and
  • We will file the service documents at the Court.
  • We will consider the sealed Divorce Order when received from the Court and send you a letter of advice.

Initiating Court Proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court

  • Upon your instructions, we will make one (1) set of changes to the court documents;
  • We will have a Barrister settle the court documents;
  • We will meet with you to execute the court documents;
  • We will file the court documents in the Federal Circuit Court;
  • We will arrange a process server to serve your ex-partner with the court documents;
  • We will send you a copy of the court documents and provide you with confirmation that they have been served;
  • We will peruse any responding court documents received from your ex-partner and send you a letter of advice;
  • We will follow-up with you by phone in relation to our letter of advice and take your instructions as to how you would like to proceed.

First Court Attendance in the Federal Circuit Court

  • We will meet with you to advise you as to the process of the First Court Attendance and take your instructions in relation to potential offers that may be made to/by your ex-partner;
  • We will brief a Barrister to attend with us at the First Court Attendance;
  • We liaise with your ex-partner to ensure that he/she will be attending at the First Court Attendance with a view to agreeing the Orders that will be made by the Judge;
  • We will attend the First Court Attendance with you and a Barrister; If unsuccessful prior to the First Court Attendance, we will attempt to negotiate with your ex-partner at the First Court Attendance with a view to agreeing the Orders that will be made by the Judge;
  • We will draft the Orders made by the Judge, for Her/His Honour to make them binding;
  • We will send you a copy of the Orders made by the Judge with a letter of advice, informing you of the next steps;
  • We will follow-up with you by phone in relation to our letter of advice and take your instructions in relation to it; and
  • We will provide you with a letter of advice confirming these instructions.