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Family Lawyers Cairns

Family Lawyers Cairns – Legal, Personal, and Practical Guidance


Are you looking for family lawyers in Cairns? We can help. Strategic Lawyers provide expert advice and support on all aspects of family law. Our lawyers are well-trained, highly experienced, and knowledgeable in all aspects of divorce, de facto rights, financial settlements, and matters involving children.

A breakdown of a relationship is tough for everyone concerned, particularly when children are involved. Emotions are in turmoil and sometimes you don’t know where and whom to turn to for advice. We’re here to support families in Cairns and across Queensland helping to get your life back on track and guide you towards a brighter future.

Call now to speak to one of our family lawyers in Cairns to see how we can help you

We’re focused on putting your needs, and those of your loved ones, first at all times. This is why our friendly knowledgeable lawyers take the time to listen to you and find out more about your situation. From this, we can set out in plain simple language, exactly how we can help you.

It’s important to know that opportunities for negotiation and settlement not only exist before proceedings but also after they have commenced and right up until the Court has heard and determined the matter.

Parties can settle a matter any time they want. Our Cairns family lawyers always aim to help you reach a negotiated settlement out of court. We want to help avoid the need for litigation and achieve an outcome that you’re satisfied with, to minimise both the expense and emotional stress of proceeding to a court hearing.

But, if this isn’t possible, and your legal matter needs to go to mediation or court, we’ll provide you with expert assistance to get the best possible outcome.

Negotiation options

Kitchen table discussions

Sometimes parties are happy to try and negotiate directly with each other first. We call these ‘kitchen table discussions’. This is where both of you sit down around a table to discuss issues such as property and parenting, to try and reach an agreement. It’s best to have a meeting with our family lawyers in Cairns beforehand to acquaint yourself with your rights, discuss what you’re trying to achieve, and how best to achieve this. Should you reach an agreement around the table, it’s usually necessary to have your lawyer make it binding.

Lawyer assisted mediation

This is a cost-effective procedure to help parties resolve all of their issues without the need for litigation. Both parties meet for the day with their Cairns family lawyer and an experienced Independent Mediator.

Why mediate?

It works well because everyone present is focused on negotiating and reaching a deal that day. It’s also less costly than going to court and often a Binding Agreement can be reached on the day in the form of Consent Orders.

Negotiating a binding agreement out of court

Many of our clients prefer to engage our family lawyers in Cairns to negotiate a deal outside of court on their behalf for matters relating to their children, property, or both. This mostly consists of written correspondence covering the background, the matters under dispute and how the law applies to such matters, while also putting forward proposals for settling the matter on certain terms that you’re agreeable to.

Going to Court for a Court Order

Sometimes there is no option but to go to court to settle family law matters. After all, a court is there to listen to the evidence and make a decision when it can’t be resolved by the parties themselves.

When you need someone to fight your corner then look no further than Strategic Family Lawyers in Cairns. We always have your best interests at heart and will argue your case with dogged determination to help achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact us today to set up a meeting to discuss this option. Every file is different, but we can usually provide a fixed-fee quote up front so there are no nasty surprises when it comes to settling your bill.

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This where the parties sit down, for example around a kitchen table or over coffee, to discuss the issues themselves to try to come to agreement regarding property or children’s matters or both.

It is usually best to have a meeting with us first before attempting this, so you know what your rights are, what you’re trying to achieve, and how best to achieve it.

One of the most important things to realise about this “kitchen table” option is that if you do reach an agreement, often it is not a “binding” agreement. It is usually necessary to then take that kitchen table agreement to your lawyer to have it put into a binding agreement – binding on the parties, binding on the courts, on the police, and so on.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

This is where the parties, together with their lawyers, push hard to nut out a deal with the assistance of a highly experienced Independent Mediator.

This process can take place prior to initiating Court action, or whilst Court proceedings are in process.

The idea here is to get the parties together for a day, together with their Family Solicitors Cairns, and together with a very experienced accredited Independent Mediator. These often work because everyone is there with a view to negotiating and reaching a deal on the day.

This can often be a good option because it’s less expensive than going to Court, and often on the day a Binding Agreement can be reached in the form of minutes for Consent Orders.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

This process can take place prior to initiating Court action, or whilst Court proceedings are in process.

The idea here is to get the parties together for a day, together with their Family Solicitors Cairns, and together with a very experienced accredited Independent Mediator. These often work because everyone is there with a view to negotiating and reaching a deal on the day.

This can often be a good option because it’s less expensive than going to Court, and often on the day a Binding Agreement can be reached in the form of minutes for Consent Orders.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

This is the most popular option. It’s where you engage us as your Family Lawyers Cairns team to negotiate a deal outside of court on your behalf for either children’s or property matters (or both). Whatever the issue – we’ve got it covered.

These negotiations usually occur via written correspondence dealing with the background, the issues in dispute, what the law says about the issues, while making proposals for settling the matter on certain terms that you are agreeable to. These written negotiations are often followed up with verbal negotiations.

We take a “strategic” approach to these negotiations. We believe in keeping your case out of court if possible. Professional negotiations with a strategic focus are often the best way to achieve that.

Consent Orders are often the best agreement for you. This is a binding agreement, negotiated by us on your behalf, without the need to battle it out in Court. Consent Orders are a lot cheaper than going to Court. And Consent Orders are binding on the parties, the police, the Courts, and so on. Please note that Consent Orders can cover either property or children’s matters (or both at the same time). This is the most popular “out of Court” option.

Please note that throughout these negotiations we are at all times acting in your best interests, achieving the outcome you want in the quickest possible timeframe. Our Family Solicitors Cairns team are highly skilled and trained negotiators. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to put it into the hands of the professionals.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

These negotiations usually occur via written correspondence dealing with the background, the issues in dispute, what the law says about the issues, while making proposals for settling the matter on certain terms that you are agreeable to. These written negotiations are often followed up with verbal negotiations.

We take a “strategic” approach to these negotiations. We believe in keeping your case out of court if possible. Professional negotiations with a strategic focus are often the best way to achieve that.

Consent Orders are often the best agreement for you. This is a binding agreement, negotiated by us on your behalf, without the need to battle it out in Court. Consent Orders are a lot cheaper than going to Court. And Consent Orders are binding on the parties, the police, the Courts, and so on. Please note that Consent Orders can cover either property or children’s matters (or both at the same time). This is the most popular “out of Court” option.

Please note that throughout these negotiations we are at all times acting in your best interests, achieving the outcome you want in the quickest possible timeframe. Our Family Solicitors Cairns team are highly skilled and trained negotiators. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to put it into the hands of the professionals.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

While Court should be avoided if possible, it is true that some family law cases simply need to go to Court. And that is what the Court is there for: to consider the evidence and to make a decision when the parties can’t resolve it themselves. Please note that you can go to Court for both property and children’s matters, or both at the same time.

If you need a “bulldog in your corner”, then we’re your Family Solicitors Cairns team of litigation experts. As your lawyer and your advocate, we will stand in your shoes and argue your case in your very best interests. If you need to go to the Family Court, then look no further.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

If you need a “bulldog in your corner”, then we’re your Family Solicitors Cairns team of litigation experts. As your lawyer and your advocate, we will stand in your shoes and argue your case in your very best interests. If you need to go to the Family Court, then look no further.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Cairns team to discuss this option.

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Our offer is simple. We’ll ensure you know what’s going on. We’ll advise you on your best interests and we’ll never give up on your cause.

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45 Five Star Reviews and counting

Bella, 2021

I had received a very professional service from Strategic Lawyers throughout my case. Lawyers were proficient, efficient and addressed all matters promptly in a courteous manner

Bella, 2021

Spencer, 2021

The experience was not only professional but also full of empathy and care.

Spencer, 2021

Daisy, 2021

All Lawyers were fantastic to deal with from start to finish. All-in-all it was a great experience

Daisy, 2021

Lisa, 2021

During a difficult time in my life, I engaged Strategic Lawyers who were very professional and as a result, my life has changed and I can now move on. I highly recommend Strategic Lawyers.

Lisa, 2021

Damien, 2021

I would highly recommend using Strategic Lawyers. They represented me in my case and I felt like I had the best team in my corner

Damien, 2021

Kym, 2021

Sometimes life presents you with a momentous challenge, one which requires you to seek Legal Counsel. Strategic treated me with kindness and gave me the strength to keep fighting, even when I felt I didn’t have much control over the situation.

Kym, 2021

Emma, 2021

Very friendly and professional. Highly recommended

Emma, 2021

Masilu, 2021

We chose strategic lawyers to handle the purchase of our investment property based on online reviews. Based on our experience, Strategic law firm act with integrity ,honesty and high level of professionalism.

Masilu, 2021

Glen, 2021

I had a good experience with strategic, I felt looked after in a professional and caring manner, I felt as if the team at strategic really had my best interests at heart, and did their utmost to get me a good result.

Glen, 2021

Judith, 2021

From the first meeting with Lawyers we felt at ease and comfortable with engaging them to provide Legal advice to us

Judith, 2021

Lucyanne – 2021

Strategic made me feel extremely reassured and calm through the whole process from the first phone call, meeting and in court I was looked after I’m a very professional manner

Lucyanne, 2021

Tammie Cant, 2018

Strategic Lawyers was recommended to me by a close friend and I was extremely happy with my experience. I first met with Justin to discuss my family law matter then I began to also work with Rob. Both gentlemen were extremely professional, thorough and supportive in their roles, keeping me constantly updated on the progress of my matter. I would recommend Strategic Lawyers to everyone requiring assistance with family law matters. Thank you to the team at Strategic Lawyers 🙂

Tammie Cant, 2018

Jody Ludbrook

I actually swapped over to Strategic Lawyers after not being satisfied elsewhere. The difference was like night and day. Strategic Lawyers kept me updated which dropped my stress levels.They explained things clearly.They are Professional and efficient. They got the best outcome for me-which I didn’t dare to even think was possible! I recommend them highly-in fact I will never use anyone else again. Thank you Strategic Lawyers Townsville.

Jody Ludbrook

Tim Lorger, Local Guide, 2017

Best in town

Tim Lorger, Local Guide, 2017

Jerry Manson, 2018

would highly recommend using Strategic Lawyers if you need representation in Townsville. I was represented by Anthony Sturgeon, and from the first consult till the closing case I felt comfortable and guided through the whole journey. My case was a criminal matter and having had no prior encounters of this nature I was very overwhelmed by the situation. Anthony is very professional and attentive to all your needs, especially when dealing with the law for the first time. Thanks to everyone at the firm.

Jerry Manson, 2018

Ryan Coleridge, 2018

A sincere thank you to Steve Hodgson and Justin Ireland for their hard work and professionalism during a difficult period. They not only allayed my concerns but were able to obtain an outcome beyond my expectations. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal advice.

Ryan Coleridge, 2018

Donnie Jones, 2018

Ben Watt and the team at Strategic Lawyers, went above and beyond to help my son and I. As such we were rewarded with a positive outcome. Can’t thank the team enough for their time, attention to detail and most of all their concern for our matter. Excellent service provided by all.

Donnie Jones, 2018

Jason Jackson, 2018

If you want a team of lawyers totally committed to your case, look no further. Their track record is great. They always get good outcomes for me and I always feel like I have great legal representation with them. They definitely communicate with me better than other law firms out there, and they take the time to listen to what I have to say and for me to get my story out in full. They’re not just interested in a pay check – they definitely care about me, my case, and my success. I definitely highly recommend these guys as they always achieve great results for me no matter what the case.

Jason Jackson, 2018

Sarah Myers, 2017

If you want someone to really fight for you, then look no further. I chose Strategic Lawyers because of their Fixed Prices, their friendly team and their passion. They were the bulldog in my corner when I needed it most. They won the case for me. I highly recommend them!

Sarah Myers, 2017

David Luke, 2019

Very professional and compassionate. From the first consultation I could tell they genuinely cared about me and my situation. Their communication was outstanding. The best law firm I’ve ever dealt with.

David Luke, 2019

Val Waszkiewicz, 2018

I think the fix fee is brilliant. No nasty surprises at payment time. The staff are friendly and very helpful and speak in a language that you can understand clearly. I would recommend their services to anyone

Val Waszkiewicz, 2018

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