If you’re looking for specialist family lawyers, we can help. Our family law team have more than 36 years combined experience – so you’re in safe hands with Corney & Lind.
Our solicitors work out of our offices in Herston – opposite the Royal Brisbane Hospital, on the fringe of the CBD.
How we can help you
When relationships break down, it can be the start of a traumatic process – not only for couples, but also for the wider family unit.
We’re here to listen with care and work to understand your situation. Only then can we develop an effective strategy to resolve your matter without having to go to court.
We’re able to help you with the following situations:
Our family law team
Together, our core team have:
- over 38 years of combined experience
- 7 Bachelor’s degrees
- 3 Masters degrees
- 5 Graduate diplomas
We’re proud members of the industry body for family law professionals, the Family Practitioners Association and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. We understand the complexity of family law and have the capability to apply the law accurately to your unique situation.
A careful, co-operative approach
No-one gains from a lengthy, bitter struggle. Whatever you’ve been through, getting in a fight will do little to help your situation. Resolving your issues demands a precise, deliberate approach to negotiations.
We take a coordinated approach. We bring together lawyers, community experts and your ex-partner into a “co-operative” negotiation. This works because – unlike a “positional” negotiation – a flexible, gracious approach will help conclude your matter with minimal conflict.
We give advice with the future in mind. Proactive (not reactive) counsel from our team will help you to make wise, informed decisions. That means you’ll be equipped to achieve the best possible outcome.
We aim to resolve matters quickly. Nobody wants to get involved in a long, drawn-out dispute. We believe it’s essential to get into purpose oriented discussions early on. This way, both sides can come to a mutually beneficial agreement without your dispute becoming intractable.
A purposeful mindset
Families are essential to a healthy community. When a household becomes fractured, it puts a strain on the extended family – and the community.
We believe it’s an essential part of our purpose to deliver just, redemptive outcomes®. We believe in our work as a calling and strive to restore order in broken relationships. Want to find out more about our mindset? Ask us about our core values.
Speak to one of our team
Give us a call and ask to speak to one of our business development team. They’ll find out more about you, have a chat with you about your situation and book in a meeting with one of our family lawyers.
What is family law?
Family law is the area of law that covers the different stages of a spousal relationship – and those affected by a relationship breakdown.
What does family law cover?
- Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
- Domestic violence
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal maintenance
In Queensland, most family law is covered under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), Child Support Act and Domestic and Family Violence Act 2012. You can access them yourself, but working out where to look for answers can be a bit like a maze.
What do family lawyers do?
Family lawyers use their knowledge of the law to serve clients who have legal challenges in their relationships. These clients can be engaged couples, separated individuals, divorcees and children.
Family lawyers spend their time:
- providing counsel & legal advice
- drafting contracts and agreements
- mediating and negotiating
- litigating & defending
How much do our family lawyers cost?
We charge $350 (including GST) for a 1 hour initial consultation.
Before your consultation, your family lawyer will:
- carefully review your circumstances
- study documents you’ve given us
During the consultation, your lawyer will:
- go over your circumstances with you
- ask questions and clarify your instructions
- provide information as-to
- what your legal position is
- which legal avenues you could take
along with the benefits and drawbacks of each
- give you an estimate of how much each route would cost
- (if applicable) suggest options you could carry out yourself – so you can minimise legal costs
Why we don’t offer free consultations
As a firm, we know we’re entrusted with some of the most significant issues in our client’s lives.
We want to make sure you’re getting the best advice – so we have to be prepared. Before you even set foot in our office, your lawyer will review your situation. They’ll explore your options with care and attention – so you’re given an unrivalled strategy when you get here.
If you’re offered a free consultation elsewhere, the chances are you’ll be getting “one size fits all” advice. Your time is valuable – so we want to make sure we’ve done our homework in advance. Our time spent researching is included in your $350 consultation fee.
Where are we based?
We’re located in Herston, opposite the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – just north of the CBD.
We’re within easy access of all parts of Brisbane. The RBWH Bus Station is across the road from our office, Bowen Hills train station is within 10 minutes walk and there are a few parking options available.
Can’t get to Brisbane? No problem.
Our lawyers are available for teleconferencing via phone or Skype – let our team know and we’ll arrange this for you.
Contact our family law specialists
We’re here to help guide you through your Family Law legal matters after separation. Please call our Brisbane Family Lawyers on 07 3252 0011 to discuss how we can help you.
Useful Family Law Resources
Free Family Law Fact Sheets
First Steps After Separation
Top 10 Family Law FAQs
Property Settlement Documents Checklist
Other Family Law Materials
You might also find it helpful to look at our articles covering:
Putting in place parenting arrangements including:
- Who makes decisions for my kids, and how;
- Where my kids live and where they spend time;
- Mediation Options to resolve parenting matters;
- Formalising agreements in a parenting plan or Consent Order;
Dividing up your property and debts including:
Dealing with Domestic & Family Violence
- What is domestic violence?
- Your options – and getting a domestic violence order
- What does a domestic violence order stay?
- What about my kids?
- Domestic violence resources – places to turn to
- Online safety – what you can do to protect yourself
Sorting out Child Support arrangements
- General principles and the child support formula
- Binding Child Support Agreements
- Limited Child Support Agreements
- Applying to vary the assessment
- Your obligations
- Potential Penalties
- The Court Process