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In most cases, the breakdown of a personal relationship, whether marriage or de facto, can be one of the most distressing and emotionally challenging episodes in a person’s life. At such times it is essential that your legal advisor acts with both skill and compassion to ensure the best possible outcome in what is often a difficult and legally complex time.

At BigLaw we understand what our clients are going through and the pressures they face. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with the best possible advice and support at the time of their greatest need.

In 2006, significant changes were made to the Family Law Act. These changes require a high level of knowledge and commitment from your legal advisor. In this respect, it is vitally important that you receive the best advice at the earliest time to ensure an optimum outcome for all concerned.

We are dedicated to achieving sensible cost-effective outcomes for our clients in this most difficult of times.

BigLaw are ready to assist you right now in property settlements, child custody ,care of children and divorce.

A Property Settlement is the division of property and assets between a couple upon separation of a de facto relationship or dissolution of a marriage. Property assets include, but are not limited to, real estate, motor vehicles, boats, shares, art collections, jewellery, bank deposits and superannuation, as well as interests in private companies. The Family Law Act encourages people to try to reach a settlement without going to court.

There are many factors to be taken into account when negotiating a Property Settlement. These include financial and non-financial contributions to the relationship, income earning capacity, age and health, which person will have majority share, control and responsibility for any children and the length of the relationship.

In this respect, Dispute Resolution is a specific area of expertise at BigLaw. There is often only one opportunity to reach a property settlement that not only complies with the law, but is also fair and equitable to all parties, and which allows them to move forward with their lives.

The care and well-being of any children in a relationship is the primary consideration in any separation. Where a separation is amicable, the parents are often able to agree to what living arrangements are in the best interests of their children.

In other cases, where agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to seek a court ruling. Before a court ruling can be made the parties are required to participate in compulsory mediation, however some exceptions do apply. In these cases the Family Court will make a Parenting Order which specifies the responsibilities of each parent with regard to the living arrangements, and care and well-being of their children.

Often there will be situations where grandparents or a new spouse or partner may wish to be formally involved as guardians or caregivers. BigLaw can assist you in making application to the Court, as well as providing counsel in any of the following areas:

  • Parenting Agreements
  • Relocation of Children
  • Change of Name
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Grandparents and Guardian Issues
  • Interstate and International children

If you wish to obtain a divorce, BigLaw can help.

Our firm is well aware that one of the great concerns that many people have when embarking on resolving their family law issues, are the costs that are likely to be incurred.

Each matter is unique in the work that is required to bring a successful resolution to the parties.

At BigLaw we endeavour to keep our fees to the least reasonably possible.

Our firm has a strong philosophy of appropriate remuneration and we made a decision many years ago not to time cost our files as we believe that time costing in this area can lead to inefficiencies and inappropriate fees to clients.

Our Fees are based on a modification of the Family Law Scale under The Family Law Act. The Family Law Scale is regarded as the minimum base line for legal costs in this area of Law. Our fees are based on a slight increase if the Items in the Family Law Scale which reflects our higher expertise and attention to clients.

Clients are provided with a copy our Cost Agreement prior to our commencing their work so that they have the opportunity to consider it and ask any questions. We usually charge for outcomes in the preparation of documents and not the time with which it takes to prepare various materials. This is fairer to our Clients.

We also have our files independently costed by Michael Graham Legal Costs Consultants. Michael is a solicitor who has undertaken costings work for a number of firms in the South East Queensland area and is accredited by the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Costs Assessor. Michael will examine the file and charges in accordance with the Agreement which has been reached with our client.

By not time costing and by having our files independently assessed, we consider that our clients can be reassured that their fees are appropriate and if there is a concern with fees then clients are able to discuss those fees with either our firm or with the independent Assessor who has assessed the account.

These safeguards have resulted in our firm having very few, if any, disputes as to our accounts when they are rendered.

Brisbane Family Law Lawyer & Solicitors

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“BigLaw is all about providing legal help to people without the big legal fees and inconvenience of the big city law firms”

TONY BIGGAR – Legal Practitioner Director