Your Family Law & Divorce Team

We understand the impact separation and divorce can have on you and your family. We offer family law assistance in a supportive and comfortable environment.

Our Brisbane family lawyers have been supporting families for more than 17 years

Property Settlement
Consent Orders
Binding Financial Agreements

With a team of experienced Brisbane family lawyers, we are able to provide personalised support through your divorce or separation. In this already-stressful period of your life, it’s our goal to provide a stress-free process where you feel confident and supported.

Brisbane family lawyers you can count on

With 20 years of family law experience, fixed-fee pricing and a free initial consultation, you have nothing to lose. Our family lawyers will gain an understanding of your situation and provide you with our personalised recommendations. 

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Why choose Arends Legal for your matter?

Comfortable environment

A relationship breakdown is full of grief and emotion. Arends Legal provides a supportive and comfortable environment for you.

Leave the stress with us

You have enough on your plate. With our family lawyers handling the legal aspects of your separation, we can take the legal stress out of your situation.

Minimised costs & fixed-fee structure

We don’t charge exorbitant hourly fees. Our family lawyers minimise costs across all aspects of your case. It’s how we provide you with a fixed-fee structure (so you know exactly what you’ll pay).

Easy access to documents

With access to LEAP’s Law Connect, we are able to gain access to documents that are already on file. This saves us time in the research process and minimises costs both for us and you.

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We will support you with

Property Settlement

Property settlement is a complicated area of the law and calls for a professional legal team. The idea of losing your home, property, or finances can be overwhelming. Arends Legal will negotiate these settlements on your behalf.

Parenting & Divorce

At Arends Legal, we put you and your family first. Where possible, we will encourage mediation and parenting plans. If your case requires further negotiation or goes to court, your family lawyers at Arends will be right by your side.

Consent Orders

When a consent order is being drafted, it is essential you partner with someone to help you understand your rights and responsibilities. Our family lawyers will support you through this process and help you navigate it all.

Binding Financial Agreements

Our family lawyers can create a binding financial agreement to protect your best interests. These can be drawn prior to marriage, commonly known as a pre-nuptial agreement, during the marriage, or following divorce.

Learn more about Binding Financial Agreements

A senior lawyer will be on your case

In some family law firms, you will initially meet with a senior divorce lawyer, before swiftly being handed to a junior. At Arends Legal, we value you, and the result we get for you. You will be partnered with a senior lawyer from the beginning, right up until the end.

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Cleverly minimised costs, to keep it affordable for you

Our family law matters, on average, cost 40% less than our competitors. It is not a reflection of our service, but our approach to minimising costs and handling these matters efficiently. 

Fixed Fee $660 

Fixed-Fee Divorce (no children)

Engage our divorce lawyers for a fixed fee of $660 inc GST + court filing fees. This service includes the navigation and drafting of property settlements, binding financial agreements, and consent orders, with second-to-none support.

Fixed Fee $880 + GST

Fixed-Fee Divorce (with children)

Navigating divorce proceedings with children in tow can be more complex. Partner with our divorce lawyers for a fixed fee of $880+GST with the inclusion of drafting property settlements, binding financial agreements, and consent orders.

Cleverly minimised costs, to keep it affordable for you

We listen

Before we offer you any guidance or advice, it is important we understand your situation. We will hear from you about your situation and specific concerns first.

We guide

With your personal situation in mind, we will walk you through the process ahead. You will hear our recommendations and how we would plan to handle your case.

You walk away informed

Walk away with the information you need to feel confident in this difficult time. You will leave the consultation with a full understanding of what happens next.

Separation can be really challenging. Here are some steps you should take.

Separating from your partner or spouse is an emotionally draining experience. It can be hard in the moment, but there are some things that are good to keep in mind in this process.

Change all of your passwords for your online banking, social media accounts, email accounts, cloud accounts, and any apps where you keep digital copies of important documents.

Make sure any tracking apps are turned off.

Consider opening a PO box or getting your mail redirected to a family member to avoid important documents falling in your former spouse’s hands.

You will need a copy of your marriage certificate to proceed with a Divorce Application. If you are unable to get one, you will need to order a new one to apply.

Take items such as jewellery, family heirlooms, trophies, and signed sporting memorabilia and keep them somewhere safe to avoid these items being lost or broken.

Take any financial documents held solely in your name such as bank statements, credit card statements, and tax returns.

Other important documents include children’s birth certificates, your own identification documents such as passport, driver’s licence, tax documents, bank statements (including credit cards, mortgage and savings), vehicle registration papers, insurance, and superannuation documents. There is no limit to this list of personal documents, it is best to take everything you want at the time, particularly if you are moving out.

If you have joint bank accounts or credit cards, notify the bank or financial institution immediately. You have two options at this stage: the bank can put a hold on any joint accounts and will then require a signature to have any funds withdrawn. 

The other option is to close the accounts and divide the funds as early as practical. 

Be sure to open your own account immediately and notify your employer or anyone who deposits money to your account.

If you hold any property with your former partner or spouse, severing the Title may be necessary. It’s important to note that this arrangement takes your agreement from joint tenants to tenants in common.

There are inherent risks in the agreement — your former spouse may transfer their ownership to another party or mortgage their share.

Make sure there is still stability for any children involved. This might need to be through coordinated living arrangements early on, where the children live with one parent and spend time with the other.

We highly recommend arranging counselling for the children as soon as you can. 

Creating a parenting plan early on, especially when the children are young, can be really beneficial. This can be formalised at a later date.

Keep a diary and write down all relevant dates and events. This will help you later on if you’re required to go to court.

You might want to note any of the following details:

  1. Periods of separation.
  2. Significant financial contributions (e.g. inheritance or receipt of compensation) or changes in employment.
  3. Purchase or sale of real estate.
  4. Any historical events of domestic or family violence or abuse (Kennon’s argument).
  5. Renovations to property done by you which added value but saved cost.

This is a challenging time. While protecting yourself legally is essential, it’s important to seek emotional support, too. Reach out to loved ones or seek professional counselling.

If you have a will, it is important to note that separating from your spouse doesn’t change your will. If they were your appointed beneficiary, they still will be.

It is important to urgently make any necessary amendments or create a new will.

Similarly to your will, you may want to review your other policies, such as your superannuation, life insurance, and any other death benefits.

The sooner you seek legal advice in your separation, the better. By seeking legal advice, you can get proactive support, advice, and tools. 

It’s important to note that there are time limits around property settlement and spousal maintenance.

Speak to a family lawyer today

Consultation fees:
1 hour – $300 incl GST
2 hour – $400 incl GST
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