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As the leading family lawyers in Sydney, we know how important it is to get the right family law advice at the right time.
If you are looking for a legal practice that‘s accessible, that delivers what they promise and genuinely cares about you as a person and not just another client, then you have found us.
Contact us today for a confidential appointment.
Our family lawyers in Sydney help you with divorce and separation and in times of distress where legal advice is critical by:
- Putting ourselves in your shoes.
- Always having you on our minds.
- Being one step ahead of the rest.
You can trust us in handling your divorce or separation because we have:
- Over 40 years of combined legal experience.
- Assisted over 3,000 clients with all aspects of divorce, separations and wills and estates.
- Authentic and genuine client testimonials since 2011.
- Comprehensive and up to date legal knowledge.
- Ongoing commitment to all our clients moving forward.
How We Can Help You
» Know your rights
» Get a clear understanding of outcomes
» Protect yourself early
» Clarify your concerns
Children & Custody
» Find out about children’s best interests
» Know the best child custody arrangements
» Discover your parental rights
» Understand child support obligations
» Relocate with your child
» Protect your financial future
» Know whether you can keep your home
» Find out what you are entitled to in property
» Learn about spousal support
“Pamela and team were nothing short of amazing and professional.”
“I went to seek Pamela’s help on a sensitive matter involving moving my children interstate. Pamela followed through on everything she promised in a prompt and professional manner, I was feeling quite overwhelmed after spending over $50K with another firm. I would highly recommend Cominos lawyers. Pamela is a delightful lady.”
“We had an urgent Hague Convention matter that required immediate attention. With only four days to react, the Cominos team quickly responded, and the issue was taken care of with the best possible outcome. Pamela is a very talented negotiator. Her presence during mediation made all the difference. My family and I highly recommend their services. We can’t thank them enough for all their hard work in such a short period of time.”
THE CFL DIVORCE AND SEPARATION GUIDE
Everything You Need to Know!
Many people who go through separation or divorce spend days and sleepless nights worrying about things they want to ask a divorce lawyer but are too afraid, embarrassed, or unsure.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of all the top divorce questions:
Do I need to use a divorce lawyer?
Yes. Going through a divorce is an emotional time. When we are under strain or pressure, we do not negotiate in our best interests. Too often, we end up accepting too early or against our best interests.
My ex refuses to get a divorce lawyer – what should I do?
Concentrate and protect your interests. Think about yourself and what you need.
Case: We acted for a client whose ex thought they were smarter, better, cleverer…than us or our client. We were able to get an iron-clad agreement that left the ex-spouse with all the capital gains tax on a business asset. The tax was a hefty bill of $100,000 which our client happily passed on.
How much will it cost to use a divorce lawyer?
This is an understandable and often asked question. Legal services are an essential service, and you need to make sure that you choose the very best lawyer to assist you in your family law and divorce matters.
Each client is unique, and everyone has different and specific circumstances. Understanding these factors will determine the estimate of costs.
Case: A client signed a legal agreement without legal advice and found out that they were stuck with a debt of $200,000 and there was no way out of it! What could have cost the client a few thousand dollars ended up costing so much more.
How long will it take to get through my divorce or separation?
Fact: If you are married, you can’t file for divorce unless you have been separated for 12 months.
Fact: You do not need to be legally divorced to finalise your property, financial and children’s matters.
Fact: If you are in a de facto relationship, there is no formal application required to separate – you have 24 months to finalise your financial and property matters.
The legal process of separation from start to end typically takes 3 to 6 months.
However, we have had matters that can wrap up in a matter of weeks.
What if my ex refuses to mediate when I want to?
We recently had a client call us in an absolute panic because her ex-spouse cut off all communication and threatened to never agree to mediate.
Although this is a very frustrating and upsetting situation to find yourself in, there are always solutions including:
- Remaining cool, calm and in control of your emotions.
- At CFL we will invite your ex-partner to a lawyer-assisted mediation and let them know that mediation is compulsory in most family law cases.
I had an affair – can my ex use this against me?
According to the law, there is a no-fault divorce system. This means that you can decide that your marriage is over and there is no chance that you can make it work. You have tried but can’t make it work. That’s it. Nothing more.
So, legally your ex can’t use the affair against you, but they can they make it hard for you!
To survive, you must get legal support and you must know your rights.
My divorce lawyer says I need to get a barrister. Isn’t that just a waste of money?
Your barrister is part of your legal team. When your ex has a barrister on their side, you too want to turn up well-supported and protected by your legal team.
Can I still see my kids even if my ex and I don’t have any formal agreements?
During times of troubles, children need both their parents. Be present and make sure that the children know that you love and care for them. If your ex-partner becomes difficult or is compromising your relationship with the children, contact us. .
My ex doesn’t like my new partner and won’t let me see my kids- what can I do?
Children have a right to spend time and communicate with both parents and their extended family. They have a right to have you, and even your partner, come along to their school and after school activities as well as participate in important events, such as birthdays, Christmas and other religious or cultural significant days.
If you find yourself in this situation, contact us.
I don’t see my kids; do I have to pay child support?
Yes. Parents have a responsibility to financially support their children. If you’re not seeing your children, why not? Your child needs you to be present, engaged and involved in their lives.
Fact: The amount of child support you pay depends on the time you spend with your children.
I run a successful business; how can I keep and protect it?
Yes, you can, if you take steps to ensure that your ex-partner or spouse is removed as director/shareholder/partner or any other involvement in the business.
You will need to be transparent and give your ex-partner access to the financials of the business, as well as agree to valuations if required.
The business is an asset, just like your home, car, shares or any other items of value.
Can I buy a new car, unit, or house?
When you are in the middle of divorce or separation, (whether amicable or not) typically it is best to make no changes to your financial position or value of your assets, unless it is urgent or critical.
I still love my partner! What can I do if I do not want to separate or divorce?
This is a truly heartbreaking position to be in. We always encourage you and your spouse to give your relationship a chance to work. If you are really committed, then get into action – get the appropriate, professional and consistent help and relationship guidance that you need. Do whatever it takes! You will soon find your efforts will be rewarded or ignored. If your good intentions are ignored or rejected, then take comfort in the fact that you did all you could to make this work.
Will I survive?
At CFL we pride ourselves on delivering a ‘woe is me to WOW is me” experience to our clients. We know that a relationship or marriage break-up is tough in many ways.
We believe that divorce and separation is an opportunity for you to grow, learn and find healthy love and relationships moving forward.
About Cominos Family Lawyers
Cominos Family Lawyers is a leading family law practice that was established in 2010. Since this time, our mission has, and continues to be, one of empowering individuals to live with courage, confidence and strength.
We do this by:
- Delivering clear, timely and meaningful legal advice and representation.
- Striving to offer a “WOW” experience for our clients.
- Supporting our clients to view this difficult time as an opportunity to grow and find healthy relationships.
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Cominos Family Lawyers are COVID19 Safe. We are conducting consultations via phone, zoom or face to face meetings at your convenience.