• Parenting Orders – Considerations of the Court

    In child custody matters, when making a parenting order, the main consideration of the court is whether the proposed arrangements are in the best interests of the children. The court presumes that it is in the best interests of the children for parents to have ‘equal shared parental responsibility’, but it...

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  • Mistakes made in Child Custody Proceedings – Watch Your Behavior

    INTRODUCTION A traditional Chinese curse simply put is “May you live in interesting times” and ‘interesting times’ is the most charitable description of the daily happenings of those parents entering into the affray of child custody proceedings. Seeing our own client’s daily personal battles i...

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  • Making your AVO work for you

    Most people find their AVOs to be highly effective in preventing violence, intimidation and harassment. You have every reason to be hopeful that the defendant to your AVO will take proper notice of your AVO, and that you will have no further trouble. In the end, however, an AVO is an order of the court not jus...

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  • Women and Family Law

    This is the tenth edition of Women and Family Law. It states the law as at April 2014 that applies to married and de facto couples (including same sex de facto couples) after relationship breakdown. This booklet provides a starting point for finding out information about the law. It provides some answers to comm...

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  • Share the Care Parenting Plan – Collaborative Parenting Apart

    Divorce and separation are painful for everyone involved–particularly children. At this challenging time children need support, love and contact with both parents. Some certainty about the future is also very important for everyone. A written parenting plan, worked out between parents, will help clarify th...

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  • An Invitation to Split!! Binding Financial Agreement / Pre-Nuptial Agreement

    Wallace & Stelzer and Anor [2013] FamCAFC 199 Background to the case `A couple, known by the court as Mr Wallace and Ms Stelzer, met in 1998 at the Sydney club where Ms Stelzer worked soon after Mr Wallace split from his first wife. He was 51 years old, divorced and came into the marriage with an "ove...

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The processes of divorce or separation can be a traumatic and uncertain time for both parents and children. If your relationship has broken down, you require the most effective representation available to protect your financial position and ensure the best interests of your children are safeguarded.

At GMH Legal, we have the experience and skill necessary to ensure that you receive the specialised legal advice required to obtain the best possible legal outcome for both yourself and your children. Whilst we realize it is our overarching imperative to ensure that our clients receive the best possible advice on their legal rights and obligations, we take a holistic approach to all our family law matters.

We understand that all our family law clients require emotional support and guidance to deal with the heightened levels of physical and emotional stress that naturally occur during such trying times. We strive to reduce anxiety levels at the earliest possible point by informing our clients of the likely outcome of their matter. We will continue to advise you on the best possible course of action at every stage in the process, always with the best interests of any children involved kept squarely in mind.


At GMH Legal, we will treat you with respect and empathy at every stage in your relationship with us. Our skilled and approachable team of family lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation, child custody disputes, domestic violence and property settlement matters.

Our lawyers always go over and above to give you the best advice as quickly as possible.

Whether its quick information over the phone for a question that’s been on your mind for while, or general information about an area of law, we’re happy to help. Call us today and experience the difference.


The following are some important highlights of our extensive family law practice:


When a marriage or de facto relationship breaks down, the first priority of all loving and responsible parents should be to work amicably towards securing the most desirable living arrangement possible for their beloved children. Of course, the equitable division of assets and financial interests is a prime concern for everyone concerned, but the welfare of your children is the primary concern which must guide us and you, our valued client, through the emotionally and physically trying process of divorce and separation.

We take a holistic approach to all our family law disputes. We will give you compassionate but realistic advice about your options and prospects, whilst doing all that is possible to preserve your relationship with your children.

It is our firm belief that both parents should, wherever possible, continue to have a meaningful continuing relationship with their children, though we realize that this is not possible in all circumstances.

Click here to read more on Child Custody & Parenting Arrangements


At GMH Legal, we understand that the payment of money from one partner to another can be a very sensitive issue. Our lawyers have the skill, knowledge and experience required to guide you through the complicated child support laws.

Ideally, we will help you and your former spouse or partner design your own mutually agreeable child support arrangement which you feel is best suited towards the individual needs of your children. We can offer you expert legal advice about the sorts of arrangements which are best suited to your given circumstances, and formalize these arrangements through a legally binding child support arrangement.

If we cannot help secure a voluntarily mutually agreeable child support arrangement, we will then assist you to understand the complex child support laws and any possible legal ramifications these laws may have on you and your children.

Click here to read more on Child Support.


In Australia, obtaining a divorce order from the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court means that your marriage has formally ended and you can remarry.At GMH Legal, we understand that the process of separation and divorce can be one of the most physically and emotionally draining experiences in one’s lifetime.

Our expert family lawyers strive to make the process of divorce or separation as pain-free as possible. By providing sound legal advice and progressive solutions, we seek to ensure that former partners do not become hostile and bitter toward each other during their divorce settlement, and rather view their separation as leading to the possibility of newer and healthier relationships between themselves, and with others.

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Separation is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship.At GMH Legal we believe that separation is a major step during which individuals may need help and information in order to cope with the changes. Decisions must be made about the division of property, money and belongings and potentially about the future care of the children.

There is no need to register a separation under Australian Family Law or to ask permission from the other party to separate. However in the event the other party disputes the fact that a separation ever took place, we always encourage our clients to confirm the separation in writing by letter, email or text message especially when they are involved in de facto relationships.

You can visit the NSW Family Court Website to read more information, or visit GMH Legal’s concise commentary on Separation.


A de facto relationship is a relationship that two people who are not married or related by family have as a couple living together on a ‘genuine domestic basis’.

If your de facto relationship has broken down, at GMH Legal our family lawyers can provide you with the sort of tailored expert legal advice and assistance you need to help secure a facilitated agreement with your former partner. It is always preferable for partners to try and reach a mutually agreeable settlement before engaging the costly court system.Through a structured process of negotiation and mediation, our professional and empathetic family lawyers will do their utmost to help you secure an amicable solution with your former partner.

If a compromise cannot be reached with your former partner, we will use our expert legal skills and knowledge to obtain the best result possible for you in the Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court.For more information, please refer to the Family Law Court ‘De facto relationships’ section.

You can visit the NSW Family Court Website to read more information or visit GMH Legal’s concise commentary on De facto relationships.


At GMH Legal, our role is to ensure that clients have access to accurate and consistent information about domestic violence including the range of support services available to them.

Don’t allow yourself to be subject to adverse treatment at the hands of your partner or anyone else. Our professional and dedicated team of family lawyers have the skill and expertise required to ensure that you are protected from anyone who has harmed you in the past and is threatening to do the same in the future.

Read more information on Domestic Violence & Protection Orders.


Maintaining a healthy ongoing relationship with your partner would undoubtedly be one of your chief goals in life, but it is also of the utmost importance that your financial security is fully protected. At GMH Legal, we believe that these two goals are not mutually exclusive.

Read more information on Financial Arrangements here.


At GMH Legal, our approachable team of expert family lawyers have extensive experience in relation to property settlement. Property settlement does not just refer to the distribution of assets, such as your family home and household contents, but also the economic adjustment of other forms of rights, debts and financial assets, such as superannuation funds and savings accounts.

Our expert family lawyers and barristers have a wealth of experience in this complicated area of the law, including the valuation and division of assets and liabilities.

By getting our expert advice at an early stage, we can provide you with the most cost effective and stress-free options available to reach an equitable distribution of you and your spouse or partner’s assets, rights and liabilities. We thoroughly examine every aspect of our client’s unique individual circumstances and are committed to ensuring that all our clients receive the most favourable outcome in their property settlement matter.

Read more information on Property Settlements here.

Call the experienced team at GMH Legal to assist you in your matter. A free consultation with GMH Legal is an opportunity to gain deep insights into your legal situation and all of your options.

Why Choose GMH Legal?

  • Over 60 years of combined legal experience
  • Outstanding track record with a winning approach
  • First appointment is always free
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