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Family Lawyers Sydney

We are amongst the top Family Law Firms with our office in Sydney City CBD. We appear for our clients in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia or any NSW or interstate court.

As accomplished family law practitioners, we are confident we are able to provide you with expert legal advice for any enquiry you may have about the family law system in Australia.

We are positive that our personal service, communication and legal knowledge will ensure the smoothest process for your family law matter.

We provide quality advice for all matters about divorce, child custody and financial separation.

Our Sydney family lawyers are ready to discuss your case and advise you on your individual situation.


Finalising Matters Early

Our experienced team is committed to help you finalise your dispute allowing you to move on with your life.

In 2018, our specialist family law practice had a high settlement rate with a range of mattes:

  1. Assisting clients with general and complex litigation cases;
  2. Finalising property settlements before;
  3. Finalising spousal maintenance claims;
  4. Finalising international parenting application where one parent has left the country;
  5. Finalising general parenting matters where one parent is seeking arrangements for the children to spend time with them; and
  6. Finalising divorce proceedings and spousal disputes.

We assist and offer effective advice know that a quick result is a preference for most people as they want to move on with their lives.

Our lawyers offer a high level of experience across all parenting and property issues and will be analysing the situation and coming up with ways to potentially mediate your matter through tactful negotiations.

Honest & Upfront Advice

Our specialist family lawyers are in the best position to provide you with realistic and practical advice without delay.

Early advice can affect the long-term result of your case.

Our services allow you to phone or email us and we will respond to you providing an answer or resolution on the area you are seeking clarification on.

Child Focused Outcome

Our family lawyers concentrate on achieving quality results for the children involved.

This may mean an order for relocation or an order for unsupervised contact.

Our number one priority is in promoting the welfare of the child.

Fixed Fee Packages

We understand that legal fees cause people stress and anxiety which is why we have tried to simplify things by offering fixed fees.

This gives you certainty and less stress.

We provide fixed fees for consent orders, financial agreements, mediation and other family law matters.


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I was told that I might not get a few days a year with my kids. I ended up with my house and the kids with me at home. Couldn't be any happier.

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Ben Y

From beginning to end, Justice Family Lawyers handled my matter professionally and was in constant communication with me. Thank you.

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I had a previous solicitor that never got back to me and always avoided my calls. Since switching to JFL, I've felt like a lawyer is actually looking after my matter.


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How to get a divorce

To get a divorce in Australia you must show that the courts in Australia have jurisdiction to order a divorce. To establish this, one of the following must apply to you:

  1. You or your partner need to be an Australian citizen; or
  2. You or your partner need to be ordinarily living in Australia for at least the past 12 months; or
  3. You or your partner need to regard Australia as your home with the intention of living in Australia indefinitely.

Before you can get a divorce, you must be able to satisfy the court that you and your spouse have been separated for at least 12 months.

There must be no reasonable likelihood that you and your spouse will get back together.

You will need to provide a copy of your marriage certificate to the Family Court.

If you married in another country and your marriage certificate is not in English, you will need to have it translated.

If you fulfil these requirements, you are then eligible to apply for divorce.

You and your spouse do not have to make the divorce application together. You can make a sole application or a joint application. The divorce application comprises a form to fill out and then lodge with the court. The application should be lodged online via the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Depending on your own circumstances, you may need to file additional documents, such as affidavits, to support your divorce application.

In 2018, an application for divorce carries a filing fee of $900, although you may be eligible for a reduced filing fee if you are on Centrelink.

If you are making a sole application, you will need to notify your spouse that you have applied for divorce. This is called serving the application for divorce on your spouse. Court attendance may or may not be necessary for you to get a divorce.

The court may grant your divorce, dismiss your application or adjourn the case if they require further information. When the court grants your divorce, it will become final one month and one day after the court makes the order.

How are assets divided in a divorce

After a separation or divorce, couples can apply to the court for a property settlement if they cannot agree about how they want their assets divided.

There is no set percentage or fixed rates as to how assets are divided in Australia.

The court looks at a variety of factors to determine a result that is just and equitable for both parties. A property settlement is not automatic when a divorce is granted.

A divorce order simply ends the marriage; financial orders for the division of assets are made separately. There is a time limit for when a couple can apply for financial orders.

Married couples can apply for a property settlement after separation until up to one year after the finalisation of their divorce.

De facto couples can apply for a property settlement up until two years after their date of separation.

It is difficult to predict the result of a property settlement, even by examining similar past cases, because the court looks at each case individually.

They will look at the value of current assets and liabilities as well as the contributions each party has made to the relationship since it began.

These contributions are categorised as direct financial contributions such as income earning, indirect financial contributions such as inheritances, and non-financial contributions such as looking after children and household maintenance.

Lastly, the court considers each party’s future needs based on their age, health and income-earning capacity.

The property to be shared between the parties makes up a divisible asset pool. Based on their contributions and future needs, the court will determine the percentage of the property pool that each party will receive.

What is a consent order

A consent order is a type of court order made when the parties involved have already come to an agreement outside of court and wish to make this agreement official.

Consent orders do not involve court hearings. Instead of the court hearing the case and making their decision about what the orders should be, the parties draft their own orders and apply to the court to have these orders approved.

If the court accepts and approves an application for consent orders, the orders become enforceable, like any other court order, and both parties must follow them as they have been set out.

Going against court orders is called contravention or breach of orders.

Consent orders can be about custody of children, parenting arrangements and parental responsibility as well as financial matters such as property settlement and spousal maintenance.

You can apply for different types of consent orders (parenting or financial) at the same time.

Your case may already be ongoing in court or it may not have ever been before a court.

If you and the other party come to an agreement during the legal proceedings, you can make an application for consent orders to resolve the current family dispute.

When both parties sign the consent orders, this shows the court that they have reached a consensus and are satisfied with the proposed orders.

Consent orders can also be used to change or to end existing family court orders.

For example, if certain parenting orders are no longer practical because one party has moved to a new house, the parties can apply for consent orders to adapt their current parenting orders if they both agree on the change.


We have recently moved to a new location in 2018. We are located next to Museum and Town Hall station for your convenience. Find our business here:

Level 2
255 Castlereagh Street
Sydney 2000

Phone:  (02) 8089 3148