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Tony Phillips – One Of The Most Preeminent Family Lawyers in Queensland

In 2014, Tony Phillips has been named as one of the most preeminent family lawyers in Queensland, and Phillips Family Law as one of the best firms, through the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession. This is a nomination for which we are very proud to receive.

Expert opinion panel , Sarah Bastian-Jordan – Family Law Lawyer

When you have decided to end a relationship there are some practical steps you can take to protect your interests. Here are my top ten suggestions for women:

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National media articles featuring Sarah Bastian-Jordan:

The Australian – Sign or be sorry by: A prenuptial agreement can protect your property and provide for your children, writes Bina Brown.

From: The Australian – http://www.theaustralian.com.au

TVED – “The End of the Status Quo?” – http://www.tved.net.au

A Top 4 Family Lawyer

The prestigious Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession has recently conducted independent research to identify the top 15 law firms in Queensland.

Tony Phillips was also recognised as one of the top four family lawyers in Queensland – an outstanding achievement.

Doyle’s Guide is compiled on the basis of extensive interviews with peers and relevant industry bodies.

We’re very proud to be so well regarded. To read more about
Doyle’s Directory click here.

Traps to avoid during family law matters

We understand that involvement in family law proceedings is a highly emotional and stressful time for all parties involved. The process can also be financially draining. This article will assist you in avoiding a number of traps or ‘pitfalls’ which are common in family law matters.

Failing to Consult with a Lawyer

  • Family law matters whether involving parenting or property matters can often be extremely complicated.
  • Any final resolution or agreement reached between parties in relation to their family law matter will often have significant long-term consequences for each party
  • It is essential that you consult with a lawyer in relation to your family law matter so that you are fully informed in relation to the law prior to making any decisions which may impact on the future of you and your family.

Using the Legal System to ‘get back’ at your former partner

  • The Court process is not a forum to be used to ‘get back’ at your former partner. Parties that attempt to use the Court process to do so are often left with increased legal expenses and are disappointed at the final outcome.
  • It is important to work in co-operation with your lawyer in achieving an outcome that is in the range of reasonable outcomes in relation to property matters and in the best interest of the children when determining parenting arrangements.

Failing to Consider Tax Consequences

  • Family Law matters involving re-distribution of division of property will almost invariably result in tax consequences for each party.
  • It is important that you are aware that your family lawyer cannot provide you with advice in relation to the tax consequences that may arise.
  • You should always consult with an accountant, or tax specialist in conjunction with your family lawyer when determining matters in relation to the division of property.
  • It is also preferable that prior to reaching any settlement agreement you consult with a financial planner who will be able to assist you in conjunction with your lawyer to identify the best options for division of assets in terms of future stability and financial gain.

Involving your Children

  • Your separation is a stressful time for all family members and this is particularly true for your children.
  • It is important that you do not place your children in any position where they feel the need ‘to choose a side’. This can be avoided by refraining from commenting about your former partner in a negative manner about the other party in front of the children.
  • You should also avoid using the children to convey messages to your partner and questioning the children unnecessarily about their time with the other parent.

Using Your Lawyer as a Therapist

  • All legal matters can often be financially and emotionally draining.
  • It is important to remember that your lawyer is there to provide you with legal advice in relation to your matter and not for emotional support.
  • You must remember that you will be charged by your lawyer for most conversations. This can include providing emotional advice rather than legal advice.
  • In order to reduce legal fees it is important to rely as much as possible on close friends, family, or a qualified counsellor or therapist for emotional support during your family law matter.

Using Friends and Family for Supplementary Legal Advice

  • While it is essential to receive emotional support from family members and friends during your family law matter, it is often counter-productive to receive ‘legal advice’ from family members and friends as it is very difficult for these parties to remain objective.
  • Usually family members and friends will want to assist you with your legal matter through stories of their own experiences or ‘what they have heard’. This type of advice should not be relied on as no two matters are the same and various difference factors will affect your matter differently.
  • It is important that you do not rely solely on advice received from friends or family members and consult with a lawyer in relation to your family law matter.

Trying to rush the process

  • Your family law matter will likely have a significant impact on the living circumstances of you and your family, therefore careful consideration needs to be given to any proposals to finalise your matter.
  • It is important to understand that family law matters can be extremely time consuming and if it is necessary for court proceedings (and a continuation of those proceedings up to a final trial) a resolution of your matter is unlikely to be achieved from 12 to 18 months.
  • It is the role of your lawyer to consult with you and keep you updated on the process at all times and it is important that you understand and ask questions of your lawyer to ensure you understand what stage your matter is at.