The breakdown of a relationship is highly emotional and stressful for you, your partner and your children. Our family law team at Diamond Conway will alleviate your concerns by carefully guiding you through the process to resolve, whether by settlement or court proceedings, disputes over property, spousal maintenance or parenting arrangement, whether the relationship is one of marriage or de facto.
We endeavour to resolve disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner and provide our clients with professional and clear advice as to the outcomes they can reasonably expect together with estimated costs in pursuing or defending claims. A successful settlement without court intervention is our first objective as to allow our clients the opportunity to move on with as little disruption to their lives as reasonably possible.
Adoption is a highly regulated area of law which formalises the severance of the parental rights and responsibilities of birth parents and transfers them to adoptive parents. We can navigate you carefully through the strict regulatory requirements of adoption and ensure that you thoroughly understand the implications of being invested with the responsibility of being an adoptive parent.
Our family law department provides assistance to heterosexual and same-sex couples with Australian and international adoption agencies. Additionally, our support extends to persons seeking a private adoption to formalise relationships with step-children.
The Family Law Act applies to de facto relationships which is defined as two people not married to each other or related by family but genuinely living together on a domestic basis. The nature of de facto relationships vary from couple to couple – you may even be in a de facto relationship and not know it!
If a De facto relationship breaks down in separation, the emotional pain and stress are just the same as at the end of a marriage. The legal questions will also be very similar, especially if there is conflict between partners over the division of property and assets or custody of children. The law favours mediation and negotiation over court arguments, but at Diamond Conway we have long experience and a respected record of achieving beneficial outcomes for clients who have separated from their partners, and can assist you no matter how far your separation case needs to go.
Compassionate and skilled legal assistance – which our specialist Family Law team at Diamond Conway has offered for many years – can help you reach the agreement you need, while keeping the separation process as smooth and angst-free as possible.
Diamond Conway believes that there is a strong need in the GLBTI community for solid legal representation from a full-service law firm. We are committed to excellence in all all client and legal services by providing the personal touch of a boutique firm while maintaining the resources and expertise of a larger firm.
If you are seeking to formalise the financial arrangements between you and your partner or if your relationship has broken down and you want to ensure that a division of your assets and payment of spousal maintenance is not left to the courts to decide, Diamond Conway’s experienced lawyers can advise and assist you about your Financial Agreement.
In the event of a relationship breakdown, the Family Court can adjust the assets, rights and interests of couples in de-facto relationships, irrespective of gender mix. However, if a couple in a de-facto relationship has entered into a Financial Agreement, they can divide their assets and make provision for spousal maintenance according to their wishes, rather than the Family Court deciding for them.
Currently, without the legal certainty of marriage, it is imperative that same-sex couples are aware of their status and rights as de facto partners.
Our team of family law specialists can offer you practical advice and solutions, tailored to your own personal circumstances, to maintain harmony in your relationship.
Our team appreciates the emotional affect of commencing Divorce proceedings and will assist and guide you through the divorce process.
We provide advice to clients who wish to protect their assets and financial independence in the event of a relationship breaking down. This agreement can be made in contemplation of entering into a relationship, during a relationship, or after a relationship has broken down – or if married, after divorce. Our team has extensive experience in providing financial arrangements that are practical, readable and effective, to avoid the future risk of protracted litigation in the event of a relationship breakdown.
Parenting plans or parenting orders provide for where a child lives, the time spent with each parent, any role other members of the family may play in the child’s life, schooling arrangements, health care and so on. Issues concerning the care and welfare of children, unless negotiated with sensitivity, can be emotionally overwhelming for parents and children.
We aim to achieve an amicable parenting plan through negotiation and mediation, and if negotiations or mediation is unsuccessful, we will commence procedings for final parenting orders including interim orders to address immediate pressing parenting issues of concern. However, at all times we remain conscious of the need to continue to negotiate a resolution so as to limit the costs and stress associated with litigation.
We can also advise and assist with specific issues such as the Hague Convention against the abduction of children or relocation issues such as where a parent unilaterally decides to remove the child from the child’s usual place of residence intrastate, interstate or overseas.
We will provide expert advice on all areas of property disputes, with a commitment to achieve a just and equitable alteration and distribution of the property of the parties to the relationship (the property pool). We have extensive experience in both simple and complex financial arrangements such as those involving trusts, companies, and overseas property interests.
We endeavour to settle all property disputes by negotiation or mediation. However, where agreement cannot be reached, we will vigorously protect your interests. We will not hesitate to seek injunctions over any part of the property pool to prevent the risk of property being disposed of or devalued by your spouse.
Where in a relationship one person is unable to reasonably support himself or herself and the other spouse is reasonably able to do so, a claim for spousal maintenance may be made.
Irrespective of your position, we can provide you with advice as to your eligibility or liability to provide spousal maintenance.
To view any of our lawyers’ individual profiles, simply click on the appropriate name, listed below.