Family Lawyers for dads, for when it's time to go separate ways.

Family Law

Lawyers for Dads

Leading Family Law Firm for Men and Dads

The end of your marriage or de facto relationship is a stressful time. We can help. Why? Because we’ll meet you where you are, to help get you where you want to be.

As a dad, you want to make sure that your rights are protected and that you can keep seeing your children. You might worry that the family law courts are biased against men, that you’ll be falsely accused of child or domestic abuse or be labelled as an unfit parent.

We’ll listen to your fears.

We’ll help you plan your strategy.

And we’ll communicate with you every step of the way.

If you need us to liaise with your ex on your behalf, we will do that too. It’s all about reducing conflict and finding a productive way forward.

Our communication skills are second to none. We put our clients at the centre of what we do, supporting you even through the hardest times. That’s why we’ve been rated as one of Sydney’s top three family lawyers for the past four years running.

We offer a free first consultation so you can explain your situation and we can help you understand your options moving forward. We want to make sure that we work with you to make the best possible plan in facing your separation.

We have been rated top three best Family Lawyers for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Source: Threebestrated.com.au
Top 3 Family Lawyers in Sydney 2018 Award by Three Best Rated
Top 3 Family Lawyers in Sydney 2019 Award by Three Best Rated
Top 3 Family Lawyers in Sydney 2020 Award by Three Best Rated

Reviews from Happy Clients

After dreadful experiences with 2 other law firms, Taylor has been wonderful handling my debt recovery case. She worked quickly & efficiently. Her work was always professional & of a very high... standard. Taylor was also very understanding & supportive. I thoroughly recommend Unified Lawyers & will not hesitate to use them again. I can't thank Taylor enough for all she has done.read more
Yolanda Zabek
Yolanda Zabek
04:23 20 Jul 21
Put simply, do not look anywhere else for your legal needs. Vincey and Dom are fantastic lawyers. Diligent, available and willing to go above and beyond to get the outcome we wanted. We will be... clients of theirs for life.read more
Sam Mahabady
Sam Mahabady
05:59 16 Jul 21
Unified Lawyers went above and beyond in helping me secure a property purchase in this tough Sydney market. I am so grateful that they were willing to review the contract and strata documents on a... Saturday. Thanks to their quick but diligent turn-around, I was able to have the advantage of making an offer first on the property that I wanted. Even on Sunday afternoon, they answered my phone call when I had a few questions. Between the offer and settlement, the whole team at Unified Lawyers were professional, timely and friendly. Everyone was very easy to deal with and open to responding to my questions. I'd highly recommend working with them.read more
Andrew Walsh
Andrew Walsh
00:17 06 Jul 21
Taylor worked on my matter and she was amazing! The other party was very difficult, but Taylor was patient, empathic, understanding, knowledgable and very responsive.I had previously consulted with... 2 other firms but didn’t go ahead with them, as I didn’t like their dry approach. I would definitely recommend this firm and especially Taylor!read more
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Theia D
01:22 01 Jul 21
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Julia Pokorny
23:57 22 Jun 21
Everything went amazingly well. They helped me with my divorce settlement and it couldn't have gone better. Taylor and Tania were amazing and Frances as well. Couldn't have done it without them.... Highly recommended.read more
Jasmine Ayre
Jasmine Ayre
02:52 16 Jun 21
I was looking for a law firm that was enabling my partner and I to go through a fair separation and I am happy to have found Taylor. She was kind, provided good advice, was patient and was able to... secure a great outcome. I am grateful and happy to recommend Taylor.read more
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Rikarda Garlin
00:09 02 Jun 21
Highly recommend Unified Lawyers and a special mention to the lawyer who assisted me with my case - Donna Nguyen. She was thoroughly professional since the day I contacted her, always on top of... asking for information, filing the case on time and ensuring communication was top notch every step of the way. Most importantly very upfront around fees structure and was very informative around any hidden fees throughout the process. If every lawyer was like her, there wouldn't ever be a single person left in doubt around laws and court procedures. She's an absolute rockstar!read more
Shreya
Shreya
02:53 28 May 21
I recommend Unified Lawyers for any Family or Domestic violence or issues; I have received excellent consultation when I called them first time in regards to an issue related to my neighbour. They... first listen to issue and explained what would be potential ways to deal with the issue from lawful perspective and also send an follow up email to confirmed what was discussed. I was very worried with the particular issue but after talking to them I sensed hope and clear understanding what to do next. I give them a five star.read more
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muntashir mamun
06:41 17 May 21
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Katherine Arias
Katherine Arias
23:19 02 May 21
I knew I made the right decision by choosing Unified Lawyers from the day one . Frances was so helpful , very professional, supportive and fought until the end to get a great result in my matter.... Both Frances and Taylor were very cooperative, they always replied to my enquirers straight away, I felt that I’m in good hands all the way . I highly recommend Unified Lawyers to anyone who has to settle family issues, as their hard work is always coming to a great result, as it happen in my case. I can’t thank you enough, Frances and Taylor, with your help , I’ll finally be able to start a life again with my sons.Regards, Ala Lo Surdoread more
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Ala Gherta
07:15 15 Apr 21
Hugh Dang and the team at Unified Lawyers guided us through the purchase of a unit in Feb-Mar 2021. They were great! They are knowledgeable and negotiated through a heavily adapted contract from... the vendor to our benefit. There were a number of complications as well and having Hugh's advice at our fingertips was a real plus. Hugh was also readily approachable and accessible whenever needed. Highly recommended.read more
Peter Delangre
Peter Delangre
21:00 04 Apr 21

Family Law for Dads

So why do you need a law firm that specialises in family law for dads? Well, theoretically, you don’t. However, engaging a family law firm like ours that has extensive experience with family law matters acting for dads and males as clients ensures that you are being represented by lawyers with the right expertise and knowledge to best assist you with your family law matter.

Below are some common concerns that fathers usually have about the family law system.

Can my ex stop my children from spending time with me?

Deciding how you and your ex will parent your children is the hardest part of any relationship split.

If you and your ex-partner are able to negotiate an agreement without going to court, then this will be the best outcome for you and your children. A drawn-out Court battle for parenting matters can be an expensive, time consuming and emotionally draining exercise that can provide no certainty as to the final result.

We’ll provide you with support and advice to help you negotiate with your ex-partner to find a solution that works for everyone and most importantly, your children.

If you and your ex-partner can’t agree, then we can approach a Court to decide. They’ll look at:

  • Who has been the primary carer until now
  • Your child’s relationship with you, family and friends
  • The child’s connection to their school, home and community
  • Any evidence or allegations of family violence (against you, your ex or any new partners who are on the scene).

In deciding what time the child should spend with either parent, the Court will make their primary consideration the child’s best interest. Usually, it is in the child’s best interest to spend time with both parents, unless one parent poses a risk of harm to the child.

Avoiding conflict with your ex will help your parenting matter. However, it is not always easy. That’s why we’re here to help guide you through this process and liaise with your ex-partner on your behalf.

If you are unable to reach an agreement, we will help you lay the groundwork to put forward your strongest case in Court.

What do Parenting Orders cover?

How well your Parenting Orders are drafted can mean the difference between a positive co-parenting relationship and ongoing conflict between you and your ex.

We’ll help you come to an agreement and help draft Parenting Orders which addresses important matters such as:

  • Who will be able to determine long term decisions for the child, including their medical needs, relocation or schooling
  • Where you send your children to school (and who pays for it if it’s private)
  • What time the children should spend with either parent over the school holidays?
  • Can the kids ring or message you when they’re with your ex?

What if my ex-partner wants to move away with the children?

When a parent with primary care wants to move away with the kids, this is known as relocation.

You don’t have to agree to the move. If you don’t consent, your ex may try and get a court order, but this is not an easy application make. The court recognises that it is important for both parents to have an active role in raising children, so they won’t just ‘rubber stamp’ a move.

They’ll look at:

  • How much time the kids spend with each of the parents now;
  • How far away your ex wants to move;
  • The relationship between your children and other family members;
  • Whether the relocation provides better opportunities for the children;

If your ex is proposing a move and you don’t want her to take the kids, get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We’ll help you build a case to oppose it and give you the best advice on how to deal with the Family Courts.

If there is a risk of your ex moving the children overseas, you will need to take urgent action. We can help put your children on the Airport Watch List and alert officials. If your children are taken overseas without your consent, you may need a recovery order.

Don’t be tempted to take your children overseas without the consent of their mother. It will severely hurt your chance of gaining custody or access in the longer term.

How much child support will I have to pay?

You and your ex-partner can agree on an amount of child support on an informal basis. Otherwise, you can choose to have child support administered through Services Australia.

Services Australia uses a set formula to calculate child support payments that takes into account income, percentage of time spent with each parent and the number of children you have.

For advice on how much you’re likely to pay, and what to do if you can’t pay that much, get in touch with us. We can help you negotiate an agreement that works for everyone.

Child support and parenting arrangements are separate issues. If the parent who pays child support doesn’t pay it, the other parent can’t withhold access to the children.

You can’t stop paying child support because you haven’t been able to see your children. If their mother is denying access, keep paying child support and contact us at Unified Lawyers for help.

For more information on how we can help you find the best solution for your future, click here or get in contact with us for a Free Family Law Consultation Today.