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Family Law

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McCarthy Durie Lawyers Family Law Team is committed to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to family law issues for clients in and around Brisbane. We understand the impact that family law matters have on your financial and personal affairs and will work with you to ensure a smooth and straightforward outcome.

As trusted family law specialists in Brisbane, MDL has extensive experience delivering family law solutions in a timely and effective manner. Our caring and compassionate family lawyers undertake a collaborative law approach wherever appropriate, an interest-based negotiation model aimed at settling disputes without involving the courts. However, should your family law matter need to involve the courts to settle the dispute, MDL has experienced family court lawyers at our Brisbane offices who can manage your matter.  

All members of our family law firm pride ourselves on providing results-driven advice, tailored to the individual needs of our clients. The specialist family lawyers at our Brisbane offices provide experienced family law advice and will keep you informed at every stage of your matter, with a focus on responsiveness and accessibility.

Where family law matters are concerned, our extensive legal experience includes:

Children’s Issues 
Legal issues involving children are often the most difficult to deal with and require sensitivity, support and strategic guidance from the family lawyer handling your matter. MDL has caring and compassionate family lawyers who specialise in managing legal matters relating to children with the utmost sensitivity. These matters include residence (custody), contact and visitation rights (access), financial support, grandparents rights, abduction and other parenting matters. 

Cohabitation, Prenuptial & Binding Financial Agreements
A Binding Financial Agreement (BFA), also known as a prenuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement, protects your assets and provides a legally binding pathway in the event of your relationship breaking down. If you’re starting a de facto relationship (moving in with your partner) or getting married, MDL’s family law specialists at our Brisbane offices can provide you with experienced and up-to-date advice on how to protect your assets with a BFA. 

Divorce & Separation
The breakdown of a relationship puts considerable strain on both parties and there is usually more to consider than finances alone, especially if children are involved. MDL has specialist divorce lawyers in our Brisbane-based family law team who provide experienced family law advice and a comprehensive range of services in matters concerning marital, de facto and same-sex relationships. We can also assist with property settlement matters relating to the breakdown of marital and de facto relationships, including asset distribution, family trusts and implications relating to companies, partnerships and superannuation. 

Domestic Violence 
If you are experiencing domestic or family abuse or violence, you can apply for a domestic violence order with assistance from a family law specialist at MDL in Brisbane. We can help you apply for a court order to limit the behaviour of someone who is violent or threatening towards you, and protect you, your children and the other people named on the order. Everyone has the right to be safe and live free of violence. If you feel unsafe at home, applying for a domestic violence order with the help of a family lawyer can help.

Our Legal Team

Meet Our Family Team

McCarthy Durie enjoys a unique structure for our Brisbane law firm. Instead of employing “jack of all trades” lawyers who attempt to turn their hand to every legal issue, we’ve assembled a team of legal experts who specialise in particular fields.

Annette Cussens
Solicitor | Family Law
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