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.
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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.