Going through a divorce can be emotionally and financially draining, so support from your specialised legal team is essential.
Your choice of a family law lawyer matters. First, you want a lawyer you’re comfortable with and who has the right experience – one who going to be with you all the way. You want a lawyer who specialises in divorce and family law. It’s also important to bear in mind that an unskilled divorce lawyer could cost you more if the process drags on longer than it might have with a more experienced legal team.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a divorce lawyer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great divorce lawyer?
The right divorce lawyer can help fast track your separation and take the stress out of what is already a challenging experience.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a divorce lawyer.
- Knowledge and experience. The best divorce lawyers have years of experience. They’ve seen it all and know exactly how to deal with difficult situations.
- Confidence. If anyone is confident in your plight, it should be your lawyer. Your divorce lawyer should be 100 per cent sure of their advice and what you’re aiming for.
- Sensitivity. Divorces can be emotionally challenging, especially if children are involved. The best divorce lawyers balance strength and sensitivity.
- Efficient. There’s no doubt about it – hiring a lawyer, including a divorce lawyer, is expensive. They often charge by the hour and need to conduct research and plan your case. You’ll want to engage a divorce lawyer who is experienced enough to be able to work as quick and efficiently as possible.
- Honest. Divorce lawyers should have your back. That means being honest with you about the likelihood of certain outcomes. From the good and the bad to the ugly, they should be transparent so you can make the best-informed choices about your future.
The best divorce lawyers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Parker Coles Curtis is a boutique family law firm led by specialist family lawyers. The firm’s talented and devoted team supports clients before, during and after a break-up.
Combining expertise with extensive legal experience, lawyers provide care, choice and practical solutions for changing relationships or family law problems. The team provides advice to and represents clients in challenging situations like separation, divorce, parenting and custody disputes, family violence, domestic violence, property settlement, child support, spouse maintenance and wills and estate matters. An accredited mediator is available.
Parker Coles Curtis tailors options to suit clients needs. With their Australian-first ‘Loungeroom Lawyer’ service, clients can access affordable and accurate legal advice when it best suits. Loungeroom Lawyers makes it easy to seek legal advice. Clients don’t visit stuffy corporate law offices, book and pay for babysitters or take time off work. Instead, Loungeroom Lawyers visit clients in their homes or through video-consult, at a fixed fee.
Parker Coles Curtis helps clients regain control and get their life back. The firm works with culturally and linguistically diverse families and LGBTIQ+ families. Contact Parker Coles Curtis for a free 15-minute chat.
As Ben mentions, “Everyone is top notch with outstanding law knowledge, professional knowledge, and a witty human touch. I am in the perfect hands for my rather complex family matters. On top of it all Debra is very well connect and can bring in other experts, e.g. migration, to marry different law matters. Overall I really enjoy working with everyone at Parker Coles Curtis and feel I invested in the right top notch people. You are at the right address here if you are looking for the best in the game with outstanding standards and professionalism.”
DDCS Lawyers are Canberra’s leading relationship lawyers, specialising in family law, including divorce, as well as wills and estate planning. With 11 members on the team and an award-winning reputation, DDCS Lawyers offer some of the best legal advice and representation in the Canberra region. The firm’s founding partners consistently rank as leading family lawyers.
The firm’s dynamic team of lawyers, with a breadth of experience and diverse backgrounds, has helped thousands of clients, whether starting or ending a relationship, needing advice for parenting agreements, or needing to protect assets and loved ones with estate planning.
DDCS knows what matters most. The team understands the emotional and financial stress of divorce and uses a unique blend of confidence, skill and compassion to guide clients. DDCS also recognises that families and couples come in many shapes and sizes, each with their own unique challenges. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution with divorce. DDCS has the experience and expertise required to navigate the unexpected and reach optimal results with minimal disruption.
As satisfied client Cedar Hernandez wrote on Google, “Di Simpson and her team were truly amazing. She articulates everything that is most important and fought for my best interests. I felt fully supported and found the Family Law process empowering even through the stress and emotional turmoil. I was involved in the process which was important to me. Di listened to me and understood the big picture I wanted her to understand. I felt validated. The expense was worth it.”
Snedden Hall & Gallop has provided legal services in the Canberra region for 60 years. The family law team, backed by extensive experience and expertise, supports clients to resolve their family law matters as swiftly and amicably as possible. Clients are guaranteed considered advice and strong representation, including on property (such as the division of assets and liabilities following separation), parenting disputes and family violence or protection order matters.
Most family law matters can be resolved without litigation because Snedden Hall & Gallop’s family lawyers focus on resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and negotiation.
Snedden Hall & Gallop also offers law advice relating to superannuation; business and employment law; personal injury; wills, estates and elder law; and criminal law.
As Mary Pezzella wrote on Google, “I would like to publicly congratulate the team at Snedden Hall & Gallop for their ongoing professionalism and thorough knowledge of current legal matters.”
Baker Deane & Nutt (BDN) is a full-service law firm providing expert advice with a personal touch, including with family relationships, divorce and custody. Reliable, trusted and experienced, the firm has been supporting clients for more than 150 years.
BDN lawyers understand that separation and divorce is difficult and guide clients through this complex, challenging, and sensitive time with care. Clear and close lines of communication reassure clients every step of the way.
Services include property settlements, parenting arrangements, consent orders, division of superannuation, domestic violence and same-sex relationships. Mitigation of financial risks and reduction of stress is the aim for every client from the outset. Whether using collaborative law or the Family Court, BDN provides expert advice, guidance, and representation through tailor-made legal services.
Ben Day wrote on Google, “Absolutely hand’s down the best lawyers in the business. Compassion, empathy and understanding. Professionals to the highest degree.”
Robinson & McGuinness Family Law is a boutique firm that supports clients with family law matters, including divorce, parenting, property, child support, financial agreements, spousal maintenance, adoption, superannuation splitting, family violence and more. The firm understands that every family is different which means solutions must be tailored to individual client needs.
As Angela Jones wrote on Google, “I highly recommend Robinson and McGuinness. They are professional, friendly, supportive and provide excellent service and results.”
If you’re seeking a less-expensive alternative to going through the court system or working with a divorce lawyer, you might like our article on the best mediation and conflict resolution services in Canberra.
Your experience with divorce lawyers in Canberra
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