family and relationships

Child Custody & Family Dispute Lawyer

Parenting disputes can be one of the most difficult parts of a separation, as you see children feeling like they have to choose a parent, or struggling with their feelings around separation. We work collaboratively with you to assist to identify what is in your children’s best interests, what their rights are, what your rights are, and how best to achieve those rights and your goals through mediation, pre-Court negotiations, or Court action if necessary.

We are experts and have decades of experience working through equal share care or 50/50 arrangements, protecting children from abusive or controlling parents, and litigating complex and sensitive areas of parenting law, such as international or interstate relocation, and abuse or sexual abuse allegations.

Whether parenting is the main issue or part of a wider structure, we work to help you resolve your case as early, and as cost-effectively, as possible in your circumstances, while standing up for your rights and answering sometime outlandish allegations with facts and evidence.

OUR FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS TEAM

Richard Hamilton
Erin Trantino
Stacey Raphael

Topics We’ve Written About

Parenting Orders and Christmas Travel

Parenting Orders and Christmas Travel

As the summer school holidays fast approach and Covid-19 restrictions ease many families will be planning to travel over the Christmas period. For those parents who are co-parenting arranging travel is slightly more complicated and often requires earlier planning....

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Delay

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Delay

Any additional assets or income that are accumulated after the separation will be at risk of a claim.  The property division will normally be decided on the value of the assets available at the time of the division - not on the value at separation.  You may for...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Cut Corners

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Don’t Cut Corners

There are significant risks of not formally documenting (by way of a Court order or Financial Agreement) an agreement that you may reach about property or maintenance. Informal, casual, or handshake agreements carry a very significant risk for you, your family, and...

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Family Law – When Going to Court May Make Sense

Family Law – When Going to Court May Make Sense

Much of the time, avoiding going to Court in family law proceedings makes sense. The Court process can be costly, and uncertain. When it comes to financial matters, there are so many variables at play that lawyers cannot predict with certainty a precise outcome, but...

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I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 3)

I’ve Separated – What Do I Do Now? – Online (Part 3)

Your internet presence can be both an enormous help with sorting out your parenting and property situation, but carries significant risks. Here are some of the things we suggest you should be careful about: The information and images you post on social media sites...

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    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 144 697 790

    Level 16, South Tower, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000