How long will it take? Time frames in family law

Quite often people believe a lawyer will finalise all the paper work and have everything executed within 1 day to settle their property matters and parenting issues. This is not the case. People are often surprised when we tell them it will take a few months, even when both parties agree to the property division […]

Not Playing by the Rules – What to do when your former partner is not complying with a Court Order

When parenting or property orders are made, each person must follow the orders. If one person has not complied with an order, you should seek legal advice before deciding what to do. In summary you have a few options where your former partner is breaching court orders. 1. We can write a letter to your […]

Superannuation in Family Law

When one thinks of property decisions made pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975, a vivid and clear image is summoned: orders for the division of property that will finally determine the financial relationship between parties. We’ve heard it a million times before – the wife gets the boat and the luxury car collection, the […]

“I want a divorce” – What next?

One of the hardest choices a person may have to make in life, is separating from their spouse. Even harder is the decision to apply for a divorce, ending the marriage and accepting that it has broken down irretrievably. We understand that divorce is more than a legal process, but a difficult and important life […]

Family Violence Intervention Orders and your Family Law Matter

Family law is known as being a volatile area of law. Trying to decide who gets the kids and for how long can often turn into a bitter battle which runs into court. Once in court, an impartial judge with no personal knowledge of any of the people in the matter attempts to decide the […]

It takes a Village – how our team will guide you through your Family Law matter

The Team at Hartleys Lawyers comprises a range of professionals with varying experience and expertise. From our receptionists to our paralegals and accounts to our solicitors, each member of the team brings something critical and diverse to the delivery of your legal service. During your time as a client at Hartleys Lawyers you might be […]

International Child Abduction

By Stephen Thomas, Solicitor LLB, GradDipLegPrac Introduction: International Child Abduction has been brought to the forefront by the recent imprisonment of a 60 Minutes television crew in Lebanon. The crew and the mother of the children involved have obviously reacted to the issue in an illegal way, have been caught by the Lebanese authorities and […]

Family Reports in Family Law Proceedings

Alexandra Brand, Associate Solicitor – BA (criminology), DipMus (Practical), LLM (JD), GradDipLegPrac Perhaps you have heard this term before, perhaps you yourself have been told you are required to partake in a family report session. In this blog we are going to discuss what a Family Report is and what role they play in Family […]

Resolving your family law matter

By Justin Boughton, Solicitor BA, Grad.Dip.Ed(Sec), MA(Wrtg), LLBHons, Grad.Dip.Legal.Prac.  Hartley’s Lawyers,   After attending two weddings in the last two weeks, I have been filled with the contagious joy of the happily married: love everlasting and a joint future built on each other’s dreams and hard work. Unfortunately, relationships do not always continue in the way […]

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Much like the case when it comes to dentists, doctors, counsellors or psychologists, nobody really enjoys seeing a lawyer. It can be confusing as to whether or not you require the assistance of a lawyer. When it comes to family law in particular, things aren’t always so cut and dry. Divorce lawyers and child support lawyers […]

The Effect of Family Law Proceedings on Children

For this blog post, I thought I’d talk a little bit about the effect of Family Law proceedings on children, and how parents can help their own children through the tough time of separation. Separation and divorce does not mean the end of your involvement or responsibility as a parent, no matter how often or […]

Mediation in Family Law

For our first blog post, I’d like to talk briefly about Family Law mediation Mediation has become quite important in Family Law over the last few years because of compulsory mediation for most Family Law Children’s matters. For a lot of people, this can be a real help too. No matter how you look at […]