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Family Law in Lake Macquarie

Your local Lake Macquarie family law team is here to help you through this stressful time

How our Lake Macquarie family law team can help

We have expert family law lawyers in Lake Macquarie who are able to meet with you in either our Belmont or Warners Bay offices.

We understand that for many people with a family law matter, it will mark the beginning of one of the most stressful and scary times in their lives. It can mean a change in living arrangements and property ownership, division of assets and debts, and negotiating care arrangements for your children.

If you have experienced family breakdown, it is a good idea to get some legal advice early on. 

We have a family law Lake Macquarie team available to you by appointment at both our Belmont and Warners Bay offices.

Place yourself in the best position by getting the right information from the beginning

Property matters can be complicated. The assets people own these days are often more varied and complicated than just the family home. They may include investment properties with rental income, shares, businesses, trusts etc. Our Lake Macquarie family lawyers will provide you with tailored advice to help you find your way forward.

Parenting cases are dynamic and diverse, and require personalised advice and attention. Our Lake Macquarie family law team will provide you with tailored advice each step of the way so you can prepare yourself for each stage of litigation.

With sensitive, sensible and pragmatic advice, our family lawyers in Lake Macquarie will help you achieve the best results possible, for you and your children

Let our family law Lake Macquarie team help you navigate the family law process

Kasey Stewart

Kasey Stewart

Senior Family Lawyer

Kasey leads the family law team and treats those going through the family law process with the care and respect they deserve.

Nicole Dykes

Nicole Richer

Lawyer

Nicole has been working in the family law area for over 15 years and is here to support families facing a range of issues.

 

Here’s how our family lawyers in Lake Macquarie can help you make a New Start!

Fixed Fee Getting Started

$550inc

For new clients seeking comprehensive legal advice

  • Includes an initial 1-2 hour meeting with a family lawyer who will explain the family law process, answer questions and map out the next step
  • We provide a letter confirming our advice

Fixed Fee Divorce

$880inc

Separated for a period of 12 months? You can make an application for divorce

  • We prepare your application for Divorce
  • We provide you with an itemised quote for all disbursements
  • We will keep you informed every step of the way

Navigating family law in Lake Macquarie

Just because you make an appointment to see a lawyer, don’t assume you will end up in court. 50% of family law cases don’t end up in court. Our aim is to assist you to reach an agreement with your former partner quickly and cost effectively, so that you can get on with enjoying your life with your children.

If you have a workable relationship with your former partner, we will provide you with helpful advice to assist you to negotiate amicable agreements going forward.

In the alternative, we can negotiate on your behalf, or represent you at Family Dispute Resolution (mediation).

Will I have to go to court?

Why choose our family law Lake Macquarie team?

Family law cases are dynamic and diverse, and require personalised advice and attention. Our family lawyers will provide you with tailored advice each step of the way.

Our family lawyers in Lake Macquarie have dealt with a wide variety of complex family law issues, including matters involving:-

  • Separation where one or both parties owned a business
  • Family violence, including coercive and controlling abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse
  • Large property pools with complex assets
  • Hair follicle, urinalysis, and blood testing, for drugs of abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, and performance enhancing drugs such as steroids
  • Parenting after separation and behaviour change courses
  • DNA testing for parentage
  • Recovery orders
  • Separation where the parties have significantly different earning capacities.
  • Relocation, within Australia and abroad
  • Grandparents and non-parent carers
  • Children and parents with special needs and/or mental health issues

Contact us to talk to one of our friendly Lake Macquarie family lawyers today.

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TM
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T.M.
DC testimonial
"Excellent service. Legal knowledge. Good reliable advice – well done."
D Cook
HT
“Being an elderly single person and not having used the service of a lawyer for a long time, was made to feel at ease. Both my appointments involved the welcoming, caring staff – lawyer and support ladies. Thank you.”
Helen Taylor
KA
"Very easy and friendly help."
K.A.
A.W.
"The ongoing support from the team at Mason Lawyers was amazing. They were always available to help and ensured I truly understood the information being passed on. I also never felt rushed or brushed off on any of my matters or with any of my enquires. My case I don't feel was a pleasant experience but I never doubted the help I was given and it was made a lot easier from this team on my side.For any legal matters I have in the future or if I can ever recommend a firm, it will definitely be Mason Lawyers."
A.W.
LG
"I felt assured of the service I was receiving because the whole process was efficient.”
L.G.
AN
"My whole matter was personally overwhelming and difficult but it was made so much easier with the professional support I received from the whole Mason Lawyers team. I would recommend them to anyone with a legal matter."
PR
"Demi was professional yet friendly in all dealings. Gave easy to understand explanation of probate and will settlement process. Was always prompt and maintained good communication thruout. I emailed a couple of times with questions and received quick, pleasant response. Tiarna was excellent in arranging appointments and follow up communications."
P.R.
GL
"Stephen was, as in previous dealings, courteous and professional. Ditto for his support staff. I have, and will continue to recommend his services to my friends."
Glenda - Charlestown
SE
"Very happy with service provided."
S.E.
GP
"I would like to thank Stephen Rayfield for all his legal assistance. I appreciated his kindness and understanding during each legal session and his sense of humour which made our dealings very entertaining. I would not hesitate to use your services again should the need arise."
G.L.P.
TP
"Have used Mason Lawyers for a range of legal issues over the years. I have found them to be highly professional and would have no hesitation recommending their services."
Tania Pugh
JR
“Julia and the support staff were very professional – great to deal with. I have referred Julia to clients and family and will continue to do so.Thanks for everything Julia!"
J. Rispen
DB
"Ross always has a way to cut through the dispute so you really understand what is at stake, and how to best resolve in a timely and cost effective manner. I can thoroughly recommend Ross Mason and his firm "Mason Lawyers" as it is always a pleasure dealing with him and his team as much as it can be considering legal matters are not pleasant."
David Bradburn
JB
"I found Jillian very professional and wonderful to deal with. She explained the whole process from the start and had a terrific personality which made it fun even though it was serious business."
J.B., Eleebana
SS
"Just wanted to say a big thank you for listening to us when no one else would. It means a lot. We appreciate your efforts beyond words.Many thanks!"
S.S.
VK
"Thank you for updating me on one of your valuable employees who I had the pleasure to assist me and my mother at a time of distress. Kasey is not only a professional lawyer but a caring compassionate understanding woman. My mother and I will forever be grateful for her services to us and congratulate her on her achievements."
V.K.
PP
"Outstanding service, knowledge and communication. Could not be better. Thank you."
Philip P
SP
"I have recently used Mason Lawyers, for an Estate and selling of a house, I would highly recommend this law firm, especially Ross for the Estate and Gillian for the sale of the property. They were compassionate, sincere, caring, and professional at a time when there was a lot of grieving. They were prompt and on time with appointments. I would highly recommend this law firm."
Sharon P
RH
"Very happy with the service provided. Personalised service - would recommend to our family."
Ray H
JW
"I found your firm to be very professional and friendly, I felt listened to and understood, plus received excellent advice. I never felt pressured into anything that didn't feel right."
Jamie W.
SM
"A good friend recommended this firm and specifically Jillian Donovan. I'm very satisfied with what has been achieved. Jill's professional approach helped explain any times I was confused. Thank you."
Susanna M.
JH
"I was extremely satisfied with the experience. All areas they were diligent and professional. I would be happy to recommend Mason Lawyers, in particular Steven Rayfield. All staff I dealt with were very good."
Juliene H.
JS
"Prompt service. Emma did a great job. Professionalism and explanation of legal documentation."
Jaye S.
LR
"I highly recommend Mason Lawyers. Ross was able to achieve a positive outcome for me regarding a situation that I thought was going to be impossible to win. Honest, transparent, professional and communicative service. I will definitely use Mason Lawyers for all legal services required in future."
Lula R.
HR
"I have worked with Ross Mason of Mason Lawyers on both business and personal matters. Ross is a thorough, experienced and practical professional who provides excellent legal advice. He is the type of lawyer you only have to explain a situation to once and he "gets it". I would not hesitate to recommend Mason Lawyers."
Harry R.
RA
“I personally found Mason Lawyers to be honest, professional and extremely prompt in their service. They explained every step of what was happening so that you were reassured of what to expect. The staff were extremely friendly and made you feel at home. They were thorough and delivered on what was expected. I highly recommend Ross Mason and his team.”
Rosie A.
FC
"Most of our services were used at a time when I felt lost and was grieving and you made everythng so much simpler for me. I would have no hesitation in using your services if needed in future."
Frances C.
SH
"Our dealings with Mason Lawyers since the death of my mother has renewed our trust in the lawyer department! They have been accessible and explanatory in every matter."
Stephen & Lorraine H.
SL
“Jillian and her team were efficient but also caring and understanding of our situation. Jillian's communication and care were fantastic.”
Sue L.
SM
"Professional, reliable, and willing to go out of their way to look after me as their client. They listened to me and kept in regular communication throughout... I will definitely be back next time I need a conveyancer or want to update my will - and highly recommend to anyone looking for a family lawyer or conveyancer :)"
Suz M.
AC
"I was fighting for the custody for my son got that; happy with all the arrangements. Would recommend to anyone looking for Family Lawyers, arrangements with payments can be made, I was happy and satisfied with everything. Worth every dollar."
A.C.
RB
"The standard of service at every level throughout my matter was outstanding."
Richard B.
GS
"I would recommend Masons Lawyers because they provided first class service and the way I was grieving and helped by the staff."
Graham S.
AB
"They understood what I was going through at that time of my life and treated me like a human being, not like a dollar sign."
Alan B.
NJ
“I had very little experience with dealing with a lawyer and this was a very difficult case. I always felt confident... they were always so capable and understanding of the huge problems I was dealing with. The result of the case was excellent. If I ever have the need in the future to call a lawyer I would not go anywhere except Masons."
Nita J.
KS
"I trust the team. Everything was handled smoothly. The experience from start to finish was non-stressful during a particularly unsettling time."
Kevin S.
JT
"I really felt safe in a situation I had not done before by myself. The steps were clearly laid out for me. Jill was friendly and professional."
Jenny T.
MB
"Steve always understands what I need - and the support staff are very friendly."
Margaret B.
CW
“We feel that every potential problem was attended to before an issue occurred. Thank you Jill.”
Chris & Sue W.
JS
"I have never been to a law firm and thought I would be like a fish out of water and yet everyone was so kind and inclusive."
Julie S.
RL
"Excellent service and attention."
Riley L.
DO
"It was easy to complete and make a will - not so daunting."
Debby O.
RP
“Friendly and efficient staff. Timely responses to phone calls. Clear and patient explanations”
Ron P.
MC
“Mason Lawyers have always provided me with a fantastic service. Their depth of knowledge across a wide range of legal matters and particularly regarding complex commercial matters is incredible.”
Murray C.

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