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Family Law Solicitors Melbourne

Nobody wants to go to court. At Testart Family Lawyers, we encourage all forms of alternative dispute resolution by our family lawyers in Malvern, Camberwell, Balwyn, Hawthorn & Melbourne.

We know the inside of a courtroom, so we can do our best to ensure that you won’t need to spend any unnecessary time or expense with the court process. We have nationally accredited mediators. And if your matter does require going to court, we can meet all of your family law needs, appearing on your behalf at interim hearings, conciliation conferences, final hearings and appeals.

At Testart Family Lawyers, we specialise in family law Melbourne, Kew, Hawthorn, Balwyn and Camberwell including:

  • Divorce
  • Property and Financial Settlements
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Binding Financial Agreements
  • De Facto and Same Sex Relationships
  • Childrens’ and Parenting Orders (including child custody, shared parenting, access to children, children’s living arrangements and relocation)
  • Family Violence and Intervention Order Applications
  • Contravention applications
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Support
  • Hague Convention applications

Our family law process

Our family law process starts with a free, no-obligation appointment where we’ll simply sit down and get to know you. We’ll work to understand your situation and what your desired outcome is so we can give you honest, useful legal advice right away.

Next, we’ll provide a summary of your legal position and suggest a strategy to move forward that’s tailored to you – whether you’re going through divorce, arranging child custody, creating a will or managing property settlement. At this stage, you’ll decide whether or not to engage our legal services.

If you decide to proceed, we’ll take care of you from our first call to resolution of your issue. We prioritise mediation to keep stress and costs at a minimum, finding a way to resolve your issues amicably outside of the court.

On rare occasions when this isn’t possible, we draw on our extensive courtroom experience to prepare you and give you the best possible chance of achieving your desired resolution. We know family law issues can be difficult and stressful for all involved, so we’re here to support you however we can.

The benefits of family law advice

We’re often asked, do I need a family lawyer? And our answer is often the same. While you may not technically be required to have a lawyer, it’s often the most sensible option.

The fact is, you might save money right now but not seeking expert legal advice could cost you money and time in the long run if you’re unable to reach the outcome you want. The experienced family lawyers at Testart can help you:

  • Ensure you reach the best possible resolution for you and your children when deciding childcare arrangements.
  • Help you create enforceable, fair, binding financial agreements during a relationship.
  • Ensure you get what you’re entitled to during divorce and property settlement.
  • Help you move forward safely and securely with the full protection of the law when family violence occurs or relationships break down.
  • Manage resolutions around deceased estates and create legally enforceable wills.

Family disputes, deaths in the family and relationship breakdowns can be incredibly difficult. We’re here to provide honest, expert advice to help make the process a little easier and ensure you reach a fair, stress-free resolution.

How can we help you?

FAQs: Family Lawyers Melbourne

Do all family law matters have to go to Family Court?

No. Family law matters can often be resolved outside of court with the help of a specialist, nationally accredited mediator. In fact, only a small percentage of family law proceedings are resolved by a court determination with family court lawyers – the vast majority are settled outside of the formal court process.

Do I need to hire a family court lawyer in Melbourne or can I represent myself?

Yes, you can represent yourself in family court in Australia but in most cases it is not advisable to do so. While you may save money in the short term by not hiring a family lawyer, you risk not giving yourself the best possible chance to achieve the outcome you want. There’s often a lot at stake in family court proceedings and in most cases the risks of self representation outweigh any short term benefits.

How long do Family Court hearings take?

Most family court hearings are settled within a year of proceeding. However, there is no standard time for hearings and some are known to take as long as 2-3 years. Speak to a family lawyer in Melbourne at Testart Family Lawyers to get an idea of what to expect with your specific case.