We focus on getting your life back on track. We will reduce stress and difficulty and help you move forward.
YOUR BEST INTERESTS
No matter the situation, our approach is anchored in the best interest of our client: now and into the future; emotionally and financially; with consideration for children, and for your connection with others affected by your relationship.
IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS
The practice of family law relates to some of the most emotional, unknown and stressful situations in our lives – good and bad. There are all types of relationships and they shift and change over the course of our lives. Relationships become long-term partnerships, extend to include children – as well as the family and friends of our partners – and, sometimes, break down.
AN EFFECTIVE PARTNER
In emotional situations, you need more than just legal expertise and PD Law people have life experience, empathy, strength and tenacity to help you navigate a path in a way that works best for you.
Our family law experts will work with you at all points of your relationship where there are legal implications and good decisions are needed.
Meet Our Family Law experts
Elizabeth has a strong sense of justice for her clients’ causes and tempers this with a very practical approach to realistic outcomes so she can close out issues efficiently and without unnecessary expense.
Ali has strong interpersonal skills that allow her to connect with clients and deliver the best possible outcomes. Her strong work ethic and organizational skills ensure that matters are handled efficiently and cost-effectively. Ali has exceptional research skills and talent for identifying and extracting the key issues of a situation.
Hailing originally from South Gippsland’s beef and grazing region, Amanda relocated to the Whitsundays in 2011 after kicking off a career in the banking industry. Following a busy management role in the Whitsunday region’s busy hospitality and tourism industry, Amanda brought her diverse skill set to PD Law where she currently works with our family law team.
Don’t know where to start? Too much info? Need some clarity?
Start with our “First Things First Package”.
Here’s how it works:
- You will have a one-hour appointment with one of our expert family lawyers
- You will receive our Family Law Road Map which gives you some essential general advice including important next steps
- You will also get our detailed proposal that gives you:
- the steps involved in moving ahead
- what each step costs
- expected time frames.
I’m worried I won’t take it all in – how can you help?
Sometimes just coming to see a lawyer can be difficult, confronting, and even intimidating. Rest assured we don’t do legal jargon, but that said, if after we’ve met you’d also like a written report covering your situation – tailored to your family problem setting out a range of solutions – we can prepare one for you to. Of course, we’ll tell you exactly what it will cost and once again, this is a fixed fee service, no extras. You can then decide if you’d like that report or not and we can go forward from there. Once again, it will be entirely your choice.
I want to get the most out of my session. What info will you need?
Our secure online platform is the best way to provide the information we’ll need to have a productive discussion. This simple online interview will even provide some initial, personalised information on Family Law to help you prepare for a meaningful first meeting with one of our experts. Click here to get started now.
I need to get started. What can I do online?
If you’d like to get some early answers, you can use our online tool which generates a bespoke, helpful summary particular to your situation. Click here to get started now.
ESTATE PLANNING GUIDE
Wills and Separation
Separation will not invalidate a Will or Enduring Power of Attorney made during your relationship and/or marriage. This means that your former partner may still benefit from your estate or exercise powers as an attorney long after your Family Court matters have resolved. It is only after the Court issues a Divorce Order that any prior Will or Enduring Power of Attorney are of no effect.
If you have recently separated, you should review your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney to ensure that your wishes are updated. Provided your new Will contemplates a property settlement and divorce you will not need to then do another Will after you Divorce.
We recommend that you make this one of your first steps. If you want to know more read our Guide below.
Thinking about separating?
It’s a lot to think about and if there are tensions in your relationship, it can cloud your thinking. Download our flyer for some practical considerations that can help clarify your thinking.
Get started online
Our secure online platform is an easy way to get started with PD Law. This simple online interview will provide some initial information and help you prepare for a productive discussion with one of our Family Law experts.
Online tools will help you get started.
Our online tools will ask you some simple questions in your own time and space. You’ll be given an introduction to the family law process. Our tool will help you collect information about your relationship and circumstances. It will introduce you to the topics we will discuss with you if you decide you’d like to come and meet our family lawyer. If you have any problems or queries, we would be happy to address them when we meet.
The aim of our online tool is to allow you to feel more prepared and in control while reducing anxiety.
Need Access TO Legal Advice But Don’t Think You Can Afford It?
Are You Eligible for Legal Aid?
PD Law is a preferred supplier for legal aid in the region. We can assist you with your eligibility and assist with you with making an application for a grant of aid.
To get a grant of legal aid, you must:
- be financially eligible under the Legal Aid means test
- have a legal problem which meets Legal Aid guidelines, which are based on the priorities set by the government
- meet the Legal Aid merits test
How to get an application form:
- Download an LAQ application form(PDF, 205KB)
- collection one from our office
- call us and we can email one to you.
You can use the client authority form(PDF, 83KB) to authorise another person to communicate with us about your application.
We are here for you.
If you just can’t get started? or are not comfortable using our online tools.
Please call us and we can walk you through the next steps.