Family & Relationships

Family law deals with the legal aspects of family relationships, most often when they have broken down. We're here to support you.

You need a Family Lawyer if you are planning to get married or start a de facto relationship, separating from your partner, arranging children's or property matters, finalising your divorce or if you are dealing with issues related to domestic violence.

You can rely on our experienced and supportive Family Law team to guide you every step of the way and ensure you achieve a fair outcome that protects your best interests and those of your family.

Our family law clients often also need legal services from other practice areas (like making a new will or buying or selling a property). At Tonkin Legal, we work together across practice areas to make sure we look after all your needs.


How we help

Most of our Family Law clients come to us at very stressful times in their lives, when relationships have broken down and they are upset or angry.  Few actually want to be dealing with lawyers at all. 

But we are here to help you. 

Our Family Lawyers are supportive and compassionate. 

It’s our job to guide you through the legal process in the most amicable, efficient and affordable way possible. Our goal is to help you achieve a fair result that protects your best interests and those of your children.

For this reason, we avoid going to court unless necessary. Instead, our Family Lawyers help you negotiate child access and custody, dividing assets and financial settlements.

Collectively, our team has decades of experience successfully negotiating fair agreements using a variety of processes, including mediation and collaborative law to resolve disputes and reach agreement for hundreds of clients in the local area.  

Where a fair, negotiated agreement proves impossible, we have extensive experience successfully representing our clients in court. 

Our firm values openness, collaboration and integrity. 

We make sure you understand what your options are, what you need to do, what will happen next and what our services will cost at every step of the journey.

That’s why our clients choose us for this important work.

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Pre-nuptial agreements

Expert legal advice on preparing, reviewing and negotiating prenuptial agreements for couples planning on getting married or entering a defacto relationship

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Pre-separation advice

If you are thinking about leaving your partner, it's a good idea to get legal advice before you say or do anything.

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Negotiating separation

Expert advice to guide you through the process of separating from your partner and negotiating child custody, asset division and maintenance payments.

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Finalising your divorce

Our experienced family law team will help you finalise your divorce and legally end your marriage, so you can move on with the next stage of your life.

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Dealing with family violence

Our experienced Family Law team can provide expert legal support to help you protect you and your children if you are experiencing family violence.

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Defending an Intervention Order

If you have been served with a Family Violence Intervention Order, you need to follow all the conditions and get legal advice to help assess your options.

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