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Getting Started: The Family Law Process

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What can I expect during the family law process?

Just because you make an appointment to see a lawyer, don’t assume that you will end up in Court. You may be surprised to know that only 3% of separating parents require Court intervention, with the vast majority negotiating an agreement privately or with the assistance of their Lawyers. Wherever possible, we aim to reach agreement between parties in a family law matter, whether it be a parenting plan, consent orders and/or a financial agreement.

If an agreement cannot be reached, the next step is usually mediation. In a very high proportion of cases, parties who commit to mediation are able to reach an agreement at mediation. 

Court proceedings are a last resort after every effort has been made to reach agreement by the parties and their legal representatives.

If an agreement cannot be negotiated, an Application can be made to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. When you choose Mason Lawyers, you will have each stage of litigation explained to you ahead of time, and your Lawyer will be by your side at each Court event.    

Here’s how we 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
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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
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FAQs

Navigating the family law process

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?

Let our 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.

Jade Evelyn

Jade Evelyn

Family Lawyer

Jade takes her role in family law very seriously, providing tailored advice while ensuring the best outcome possible. 

Nicole Dykes

Nicole Dykes

Personal Assistant

Nicole is the friendly voice you hear when making an enquiry. She supports Kasey and Jade in all aspects of family law matters.

Why choose our family law 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 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 family lawyers today.

Testimonials

Sharon P
I have recently used Mason Lawyers, for and 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 where compassionate, sincere, caring, and professional at a time when there was a lot of grieving. They where prompt and on time with appointments. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Sharon P
Testimonial for Ross Mason
Very happy with the service provided. Personalised service - would recommend to our family.
Ray H
"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
Stephen E
"Very happy with service provided."
Stephen E
Susanna M
"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
Juliene H
"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
Jaye S
"Prompt service. Emma did a great job. Professionalism and explanation of legal documentation."
Jaye S
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
“Jillian and her team were efficient but also caring and understanding of our situation. Jillian's communication and care were fantastic.”
Sue L
"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. A big thank you to Jade and Jill especially. 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
"I was fighting for the custody for my son got that; happy with all the arrangements Aleisha and Jade 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.
"I would recommend Masons Lawyers because they provided first class service and the way I was grieving and helped by the staff."
Graham S
"Jade Evelyn understood what I was going through at that time of my life. She treated me like a human being, not like a dollar sign."
Alan B
“I had very little experience with dealing with a lawyer and this was a very difficult case. I always felt confident, particularly in dealing with Jade Evelyn. She was 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
"I trust the team. Everything was handled smoothly. The experience from start to finish was non-stressful during a particularly unsettling time."
Kevin S
"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
"Steve always understands what I need - and the support staff are very friendly."
Margaret B
"The standard of service at every level throughout my matter was outstanding."
Ruth B
“We feel that every potential problem was attended to before an issue occurred. Thank you Jill.”
Chris & Sue W
"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
"Excellent service and attention."
Ronald L
"It was easy to complete and make a will - not so daunting."
Debby O
“Friendly and efficient staff. Timely responses to phone calls. Clear and patient explanations”
Ron P
“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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Make a New Start

Fixed Fee Getting Started

$ 550 inc GST

For new clients seeking comprehensive legal advice

  • An initial 1-2 hour meeting with a family lawyer where we gain a good understanding of your unique circumstances
  • We explain the process and provide advice tailored to you including mapping out the next step and answering any questions you may have
  • We then follow up with a letter confirming our preliminary advice

Fixed Fee Divorce

$ 880 inc GST

You need to have been separated for a period of at least 12 months

  • Preparation of your application for divorce
  • You're given an itemised quote for all disbursements
  • We keep you informed at every step of the way