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.
Reviews from Happy Clients
I had a fantastic and smooth experience with Unified Lawyers from beginning to end. Stanley was there every step of the way to assist with my first home purchase. He was also available to answer my calls and emails (I had plenty given it was my first purchase!), communication was never an issue. Highly recommend Unified Lawyers for anyone that needs professional legal advice/service.read more
20:24 13 Dec 20
I am so happy with the service I have received from Taylor , she was very helpful and understanding.And all the lawyers in unified treat their clients with much care unlike other law farms where I have received generic answers Unified really listen to the client and work with the client to solve the issueread more
21:06 10 Dec 20
Alex, Frances and their team are representing my family Law matter. I have found them to be extremely considerate, detail oriented and focused. When dealing with a highly emotional matter such as Family Law it is important to feel as though your Legal team has taken the time to really understand your case and has your families best interest at heart and this has been my experience of Unified Lawyers. Highly recommended.read more
06:15 03 Dec 20
We've relied on Unified Lawyers on a few occasions over the last couple of years. Each time we were thrilled with the team's professionalism, responsiveness, knowledge and reliability. Both Stan and Dominic, with whom we've dealt the most, have been fantastic. We won't be going anywhere else for our property needs!read more
07:11 12 Oct 20
When I lately needed the conveyancing for the purchase of an apartment to be done quickly, Dominic Nguyen and Fei Yang managed it exceptionally well within the necessary short time frame. I can sincerely recommend their work to anyone who needs their help for conveyancing or family matters for their understanding and great professional value. I thank them very, very much.read more
21:58 21 Sep 20
Stanley was amazing. He helped me to get my first apartment purchase and answered all questions I had in a professional and in a timely manner. It was easy to reach Stanley . I would highly recommend Stanley and Unified lawyers to anyone else seeking professional help! Thanks again Stanley!read more
17:12 17 Sep 20
If you're after a quality service by genuine people who care, these are your guys! Deama, thank you for making this process easy and helping me understand things when I didn't. You were always in such a great mood and I think we lifted each other's spirits really (positive vibes only!). You are a kind and caring soul and any of your clients are lucky to have you work on their matter. In fact, Unified Lawyers are lucky to have you on their team.read more
23:27 15 Sep 20
My family and I have been going to Unified Lawyers for different legal services for years now and we have always had a lovely experience with everyone there. They have conducted many conveyancing matters for us, assisted with business disputes and recently assisted with a family law matter. Their family lawyers in particular are very patient and understanding. I will never hesitate to recommend Unified lawyers to any family or colleagues that require legal assistance.read more
11:48 04 Sep 20
Stanley from Unified Lawyers was simply amazing. He helped us through our first home purchase and answered all questions we had professionally and in a timely manner. It was never an issue getting Stanley on the phone and he made the process seem so easy! My partner and I had a million questions given this was our first home purchase and Stanley answered every one of them diligently. He made us feel less anxious about the entire process. I would highly recommend Stanley and the team to anyone else seeking professional help! Thanks again Stanley!read more
00:18 03 Sep 20
Sometimes in our life we are faced with the need for professional legal help to make the right choices and decisions.I like others searched around and read reviews like you are now. I am so glad that my choice was Unified Lawyers to represent me with my complex matter.From the onset they listened, understood, constantly responded and provided advice to seek my instructions then actioned them accordingly very quickly throughout the whole process for an extremely successful outcome.Because of their attributed astute legal knowledge, they offer a lot of sound advice and pleasant comforting confidence during turbulent situations. They diminished all the stress in whole process, and I will be forever sincerely grateful for what Unified Lawyers have done for me.Frances Maatouk – Senior Family Lawyer, Taylor Reardon - Family Lawyer Taylor, and Deama Merhi - Property Conveyancer are three very special and caring people in their own ways that I highly recommend you contact without hesitation for your legal representation…read more
23:29 02 Sep 20
Frances was knowledgeable and professional. She responded to me very promptly. My case was resolved in a record time. Highly recommend!
01:56 25 Aug 20
Stan and Dominic have been very professional with us throughout our property purchase. Patient, always available to answer questions and responds to emails very quickly. Highly recommend.
03:53 13 Aug 20
So great to work with Dominic and his team at Unified Lawyers. The process was seamless, they responded quickly, were professional and easy to work with. Can't thank you enough Dominic!
05:50 07 Aug 20
Second time we have worked with Unified Lawyers. Fast, professional, courteous and attention to detail. Well recommended!
04:30 29 Jul 20
Very professional service , I would not hesitate to use or recommend anyone to use this company the staff are exceptional and go way beyond and above what is required and keep you totally informed with nothing being a problem .Thank you kindly much appreciated.read more
10:01 22 Jul 20
Unified Lawyers were helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns. An extremely professional firm. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience.
02:09 27 Jun 20
Our recent roperty purchase was the hardest we been through, but with the professional and efficient service from the team at Unified lawyers we managed to go through this hard times very smoothly. Good on you guys your service was much appreciated. Thank you so much and look forward to do business with you in the future.read more
09:06 26 Jun 20
I can not even begin to explain how amazing my lawyers Frances Maatouk and Taylor Reardon are. I am so happy with everything they have dome for me during my divorce, they always had my best interests at heart. I would recommend Unified Lawyers to anyone.read more
07:05 11 Jun 20
Marianela was very knowledgeable and provided very excellent service! Provided prompt updates and guidance throughout the entire journey also very patient in listening and replying to all questions you have. A great solicitor and I highly recommend!read more
00:52 22 May 20
Marienela was excellent to deal with. Prompt and professional, and took the time to explain anything asked.Thanks!
10:35 19 May 20
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.