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Armstrong Legal Family Law

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Level 5, 127 York Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

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Business Overview

When you are facing family breakdown, you need someone who will listen to your needs with acceptance and respect. We have 11 family lawyers with extensive experience in all aspects of family law including divorce, child custody, domestic violence and property settlement. Sound us out now. Call us for a talk on 9261 4555.

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Our Team Profiles

Tijana Petkovic
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Tijana Petkovic

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

* Divorce * Separation * Domestic violence * Financial agreements * Property settlements * Spousal maintenance

Zoe Paterson
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Zoe Paterson

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

* Property settlement * contested wills * Family provision * Shared care * Abuse and neglect cases

Sheridan McMahon
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Sheridan McMahon

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

• Complex parenting matters • Property settlements • Self managed superannuation • Alternative dispute resolution

Kate Marr
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Kate Marr

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

*financial arrangements *hidden assets * family businesses *childrens issues *overseas assets * complex financial matters

Sharda Ramjas
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Sharda Ramjas

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

* drug and mental health issues*domestic violence *childrens matters * parenting * property settlements

Kimberly Randle
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Kimberly Randle

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

Parenting issues* childrens/parents with mental illness or physical disabilities*domestic violence* property settlements

Mary Pollatos
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Mary Pollatos

Position

Family Lawyer

Profile

Financial agreements* pre-nuptial agreements* same sex relationships* parenting disputes* wills and powers of attorney

Elizabeth Rusiti
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Elizabeth Rusiti

Position

Senior Family Lawyer

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* Financial disputes * Property settlements * Parenting matters * Pre-nuptial agreements * Collaborative law

Mark Youssef
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Mark Youssef

Position

Senior Family Lawyer

Profile

Property settlements* high conflict relationships* de facto relationships* contested wills* guardianships

Michelle Finnane
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Michelle Finnane

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Senior Family Lawyer Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Profile

* Property settlement * De facto and same sex relationships * Complex and sensitive childrens issues * Financial issues * Mediation and settlement conferences * Binding Financial Agreements

Cristina Huesch
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Cristina Huesch

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Special Counsel - Accredited Specialist - Family Law

Profile

Complex childrens issues* international family law* family law* family businesses* family trusts* appeals

Peter Magee
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Peter Magee

Position

Family Law Partner

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*Strategic advice* Witness preperation* complex financial matters* international family law* mediations* collaborative law

Testimonials

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Fiona Kirkman , Sydney
I thought Fiona was my true advocate. She was kind, thorough and I felt that she respected the outcome I wanted and protected my interests at every point. Thank you.
Fiona Kirkman , Sydney
Thank you so much for your professionalism and sincerity on all occasions. Thank you for the excellent service you provided throughout my case.
Cristina Huesch , Canberra
I would like to extend my appreciation for the work recently completed by Ms. Cristina Huesch of your office. During my 12 month+ association with her she has performed her duties in a most compassionate and competent manner. She is a credit to your organisation.
Karen Triggs , Sydney
Karen was fantastic. She made me feel very comfortable and always kept me informed of what was happening.
Cristina Huesch , Canberra
Very professional service by Cristina.
Mark Youssef , Sydney
Excellent service considering I was based in the UK and everything was operating via email and telephone.
Peter Magee , Sydney
I had worked all my life to build up the business and was just starting to see the benefits. My wife was bitter about the separation and did not want to have the business, she just didn't want me to have it. I couldn't start again. Thanks to Peter I didn't have to
Mark Youssef , Sydney
My parents worked so hard all of their lives so that I would benefit some day. I couldn't believe it when half of my inheritance was claimed as part of the property settlement. Thankfully, Mark was able to protect it.
Fiona Kirkman , Sydney
Fiona was fantastic on the day of the hearing. I felt like she had it all under control. She knew just what to say and when to say it. It all worked out just as she had said it would
Cristina Huesch , Canberra
I would not hesitate in recommending Cristina to friends/family requiring legal advice. She should be congratulated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which court will my matter be filed in? If any of the following things apply to your dispute that dispute should be heard in the Family Court of Australia: 1. International child abduction; 2. International relocation; 3. Disputes as to whether a case should be heard in Australia; 4. Special medical procedures such as gender reassignment or sterilisation; 5. Contravention and related Applications in parenting cases relating to Orders which have been made in the Family Court of Australia and been determined within 12 months prior to filing of the Contravention Application; 6. Serious allegations of sexual abuse or physical abuse of a child or serious controlling family violence; 7. Complex questions of jurisdiction; 8. If the matter proceeds to a Final Hearing it is likely to be taken in excess of four (4) days of hearing time; 9. Matters in relation to adoptions; and 10. Matters in relation to the validity of the marriage or validity of divorce. Either the Court of its own motion or either of the parties may request that a matter be transferred between the Federal Magistrates Court and the Family Court of Australia if it is considered that the matter is proceeding in the wrong venue. What time frames are involved? Final Orders - Current matters filed for determination in the Family Court of Australia that proceed to a Final Hearing are being determined approximately 2 ½ years from the date of filing. Appeals - To the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia are currently being determined approximately nine to twelve months from the date of filing of the appeal. Consent Orders - Application for Consent Orders filed in the Family Court of Australia are currently being determined between three to fourteen days from the date of filing. In our experience most matters that are agreed between the parties are able to have Consent Orders made and the matter finally resolved six to eight weeks from the date of us receiving initial instructions. Interim Hearings - In the Family Court of Australia an Application in a Case filed for the determination of an interim issue before a Judicial Registrar is usually listed for determination within six to eight weeks of the date of filing, however, it is not uncommon for matters not to be reached on the first occasion and require a further listing in order to be finally determined. Urgent Interim Hearings - Applications in a Case filed in the Family Court of Australia seeking that the matter be listed urgently are currently being listed before a Judicial Registrar for determination between seven and fourteen days from the date of filing. Extremely Urgent Interim Applications - Extremely urgent applications in a case in the Family Court of Australia listed for determination before a judicial registrar are normally listed the same day that the Application is filed or in some instances the following day and are usually determined on the date on which the matter is listed. Applications for Final Orders or Interim Orders in the Federal Magistrates Court - Applications in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia are usually first listed before the Court six to eight weeks from the date of filing and are usually determined approximately 12 months from the date of filing. What are the time limits on family law matters? De facto relationships - The limitation period for filing an application for property settlement or maintenance arising from a de facto relationship is two years from the date of separation. Divorce - There is no time limit by which an Application for Divorce must be brought, however, no Application for Divorce can be brought unless there has been a period of 12 months of separation between the parties. That period of separation may be under one roof. Property settlement - The limitation period for bringing an application for property settlement for couples that have been married is 12 months from the date of divorce, however, an application can be brought at any time prior to this date and after separation. Spouse maintenance - The limitation period for bringing an application for spouse maintenance is identical to that for property settlement for married couples. Any application should be brought within 12 months of divorce, but maybe brought at any time prior to that date and after separation. Appeals - The limitation period for bringing an appeal of any order of the Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court may vary depending upon the type of order to be appealed or reviewed. Some orders require an appeal or review to be lodged within seven days and others within twenty eight days of the making of the order. If you require further information in relation to appeals or reviews please contact us to discuss your situation. Does Armstrong Legal take on pro bono work? Do you do pro bono work? From time-to-time we undertake pro bono work referred to us from various church based agencies to assist where there has been a substantial injustice or need for assistance. We do this as part of our service to the community. Unfortunately we are unable to take requests for pro bono work from the public. If you are in need of legal assistance and unable to pay for legal fees we suggest that you contact Legal Aid or a local community legal centre. Does Armstrong Legal take on legal aid work? We do not take on legal aid assigned work from the general public, however, we do from time-to-time take on legal aid assignments to represent children in Family Court disputes as an independent childrens lawyer. In order to undertake this role, a number of our lawyers have undergone additional training in relation to the bests interests of children, their needs and the Court process from their perspective. Why choose Armstrong Legal? We have a specialist team of 11 full time family lawyers practising exclusively in family law making us the largest dedicated family law team in Sydney CBD. Having a specialist team enables us to delegate work to a solicitor who has appropriate experience and this can provide costs savings to you. It also provides us with a depth of experience, resources, individual attention and efficiency that cannot be offered by our competitors. All family law solicitors either have a Masters Degree or are studying to obtain a Masters Degree in Applied Family Law through the college of North Sydney. Our offices are located conveniently in York Street, Sydney (opposite the Queen Victoria Building) with easy access to trains, buses and parking. We are only a short walk from the Family Court and see clients by an appointment at Parramatta, Miranda, Wollongong and in Canberra. We have both male and female solicitors available to help you. We have solicitors with University qualifications in Psychology and Social Sciences to assist you in negotiations, the difficulties faced in the breakdown of a relationship and with greater insight in relation to issues involving children. We have five solicitors trained to be Independent Childrens Lawyers (ICL), which means they have undergone additional training to enable them to represent the interests of children. Again, this gives great insight and advantage in dealing with childrens issues. We have solicitors who have university qualifications in accounting which provide a distinct advantage in financial cases in dealing with the dollars and cents. We have solicitors trained in mediation and alternate dispute resolution, including collaborative law, to assist you in obtaining the best possible results out of Court. We are Law 9000 accredited which means we have proven and tested strategies in place for managing your matter and our firm. Our management practices meet the qualifications standards and ensure we are providing you with the best service available. Our lawyers are chosen not only for their technical skills and expertise, but also for their demonstrated care and compassion towards their clients. Each of our lawyers is motivated to make a genuine difference in the day-to-day lives of our clients. We have relationships with the best experts including specialists in accountancy, financial planning, real estate, businesses, jewellery, vehicles, boats and other and other traders, psychologists and psychiatrists who are leaders in their fields, as well as a panel of Australias best family law barristers with whom we work regularly. All of these resources are available to our clients as and when needed. We will provide you with realistic advice as to what we can achieve for you and more importantly, we will speak candidly to you in relation to what we will not be able to achieve on your behalf. We will discuss strategies with you and arrange the options as to how to approach your situation in order to achieve the best outcome. You will be central to all decisions that are made and kept informed at every step of the process. We will speak to you candidly about costs and the expenses associated with running your case so that you can make informed decisions about which course of action to pursue and its likely benefit to you. We believe that we can provide you with advice and service in all aspects of family law which is second to none. We suggest you contact us on 9261 4555 to discuss your situation and how we can make a difference to you. Do I need a lawyer? When you are faced with family breakdown, divorce, or another family law problem, one of the decisions you need to make is whether you need a lawyer. Some families manage their way through the legal side of things without any formal legal advice. It really depends on how difficult your situation is and what is at stake. The checklist below may help you decide whether you need a lawyer to help you. If you answer - yes - to any of the questions below, you are more or likely to benefit from legal advice: Are there children involved? Are you unsure of what you are entitled to? Has your partner hired a lawyer? If violence an issue or a possible issue? Do you feel emotionally unprepared to handle the negotiations yourself? Is there likely to be a disagreement over the dividing of the property or assets? Is your partner likely to want to move interstate, overseas or far away with your children? Do all family law matters have to go to Court? Statistics show that approximately 85% of family law disputes are resolved without the Court being required to make any decision. In other words people have agreed as to the outcome of there dispute and have only used the Court services to formalise that agreement or have decided that they do not require the agreement to be formalised at all. Further, of the cases that are filed with the Court for determination, only approximately 2% actually proceed to a final determination by a Judge or Federal Magistrate. The remaining 13% of cases are settled after the case has been filed in Court but before the handing down of the Judgment. These statistics emphasise that only a very small proportion of all family law disputes require the Court to make a determination. In most cases the Courts involvement is only to provide formality and finality to the agreement. Are you transferring assets between yourselves and require assistance in obtaining an exception from the payment of stamp duty or tax? If you do need a lawyer, please contact us to discuss your situation.

Offices

3/12 Central Road, Miranda NSW 2228
7/91 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Level 1, 1 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

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Keywords

de facto relationships, divorce, domestic violence, child custody, financial agreements, collaborative law, lawyer, international family law, team, lawyer sydney

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Business Hours

Monday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Tuesday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Wednesday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Thursday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Friday 09:00am to 05:00pm