Whenever someone is going through a marriage or relationship breakdown it is recommended that they engage the service of an Accredited Specialist in Family Law to assist and guide them through the myriad of complex legal issues that arise subsequent to separation.
It’s like your health; if you have a specific and major health issue you are referred to a specialist to assist with that specific ailment. Law is no different.
There are many generalist Solicitors who are experienced practitioners in a range of legal matters and who provide their clients with the benefit of their legal experience and knowledge but, an Accredited Family Law Specialist is a Solicitor who has proven their expertise in Family Law by undertaking advanced study and had extensive experience in Family Law.
Family law is not straight forward nor is it an easy area of the law and the breakdown of any relationship and coming to terms with that breakdown is one of the most traumatic and stressful times in a person’s life. It is at this time, that one needs expert and specialised assistance in dealing with complex legal issues that go hand-in-hand with such breakdowns in relationships; this is why you should seek out an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.
Ways in which an Accredited Family Law Specialist works with you can include the following:-
- Provide prompt and accurate advice about your rights and entitlements;
- Advise of various options available to you at an early stage in relation to negotiating and settling your matter;
- Advise and guide you as to when it is appropriate to negotiate and mediate, and if necessary when it is appropriate to file in Court;
- Provide realistic advice about the range of expected outcomes so that you are fully informed of your rights and entitlements at all stages;
- Advise you on your children’s rights and your responsibilities as a parent when it comes to dealing with your children after a marriage breakdown;
- Assist you in obtaining referrals to the best health specialists to guide and counsel both you and your children through these difficult times;
- Advise on the appropriateness or otherwise of the parties’ parenting arrangements and giving you realistic advice about what parenting arrangements can be implemented;
- Provide guidance on complex matters concerning children including abuse allegations, violence and other important matters relating to the urgent welfare and protection of your children;
- Guide you on other complex matters concerning children including child abduction, relocating with children within Australia and overseas and other education, health and religious issues that arise during your children’s lives;
- Understanding your rights and entitlements in relation to a property settlement (financial settlement);
- Identify and properly value all assets in dispute between you and your partner so that everything is brought to account and nothing is missed;
- Advise you and work with your financial advisor/accountant and commercial lawyers in dealing with any complex financial issues in your settlement including Corporate structures, Trust structures, Partnership and other issues relating to obtaining a fair and equitable property settlement;
- Working through property settlement from straight forward to the most complex of matters involving substantial assets;
- Advising you on important issues concerning spousal maintenance on both a short and long term basis; and
- Understanding child support payment issues including the likely level of support and the availability of private agreements.
In property settlement or financial issues that arise after a breakdown of a relationship, an Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer is essential to assist and guide you through the process.
A good family lawyer will not shirk away from difficult and complex issues in property or financial matters. They will have a good understanding of the law of trusts as it impacts in family law and they will have a good understanding of other issues impacting upon property settlements including corporation laws, tax law and other commercial aspects of law that impact on family law property settlements.
A good family lawyer will have a very detailed knowledge and understanding of corporate and commercial structures and will be able to work closely with your accountant and other advisors. If you do not have advisors then your lawyer will be able to appoint appropriate advisors to assist you.
A specialist family lawyer will be able to guide you in relation to various types of taxation relief and various types of stamp duty relief and rollover relief available if a property settlement is structured correctly. They will be able to guide you and recommend the appropriate settlement mechanisms to finalise any arrangement which you put in place between yourself and your former spouse that provides you with as much protection as possible under the law.
Even the most simple of matters in property settlement require care and attention to detail ensuring that Orders are drafted correctly making sure that nothing is missed and that superannuation splitting Orders are drafted correctly is also important. Making sure that the deal is done properly so that neither party has recourse to the other one in the future is extremely important even in the most simple of matters.
The importance of engaging an accredited Specialist in family law should not be underestimated regardless of the value of the assets that form the matrimonial estate.
A good accredited specialist in family law will have the ability to deal with unusual and complex financial matters. They will be experienced in overseas matters and be able to advise you on jurisdictional and forum choice issues that can vitally affect the outcome of your matter.
They will be able to understand Financial Statements being able to read and comprehend detailed valuations that are performed by accountants on businesses.
A good family law accredited specialist will have the ability to understand your own complex corporate structure or alternatively to understand your partner’s complex corporate structure and business holdings.
An Accredited Specialist is your best choice whether your matter is a straight forward one or an extremely complex one.
Why Choose Hartley Healy as your Specialist Family Lawyers
At Hartley Healy we have five accredited specialists (qualified through QLS) with a combined experience of over 80 years.
We do only family law and we treat it seriously. We do not do any other work other than family law work. We do not do Wills or conveyancing. We concentrate solely on family law and nothing else.
We encourage all of our lawyers who work for us to become an accredited family law specialist as soon as they can. We do not employ people who do not hold the same view and passion that we do about accreditation and specialisation in family law.
Every solicitor at Hartley Healy is passionate about family law. It is not just a job to us – it is the only thing we do and we are very good at it. We can handle all matters from simple and straight forward matters up to the most complex and difficult property settlements.
Joe, an Accredited Family Law Specialist, is considered to be one of Brisbane’s top Solicitors practising exclusively in Family Law. Joe has extensive experience in Family Law issues relating to complex financial settlements and matters relating to children.
Brett has practiced exclusively in Family Law since 1989. He is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and Nationally Accredited Mediator. Brett was ranked in the top 4 Family Lawyers in Brisbane and continues to be a leading Australian Lawyer practicing in Family Law.
At Hartley Healy we are also proud to have three of the best female family law accredited specialists in Australia: Beata Leszczuk, Debra Effeney and Tarah Tosh. As Senior Associates in the firm, Beata, Tara and Debra have all had experience in complex and difficult children’s matters and property issues; they work closely with the junior solicitors; each of whom are working towards becoming Family Law Accredited Specialists.
If you are separated, about to separate or even contemplating leaving your partner and have any questions about De Facto and Family Law, it is crucial that you contact an Accredited Family Law Specialist as early as possible. Contact our team to make an appointment to find out how we can best manage your situation.