Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get a divorce?
- What are my rights to see my children?
- Do I have to get divorced before I can do a property settlement?
- What is domestic and family violence?
Working Closely With You
Family breakdown can be a painful and exhausting experience. Emotions often run high and misunderstandings can easily occur, particularly where children are involved. The whole area of Family Law can seem endlessly confusing and complex.
At Kennedy Spanner, we understand how difficult Family Law issues can be. That's why our experienced team will work closely with you to identify the most important issues and ensure family disputes are brought to a prompt resolution.
Our services include:
- Marital Property Settlements
- Children's Matters - Residence (Custody) and Access (Contact)
- Defacto Property Issues
- Divorce Applications
- Domestic Violence
- Collaborative Law
- Urgent Applications including Children and Property
- Restraining Orders
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements – Cohabitation Agreements – Binding Financial Agreements
Family Law Experts
Our team of experienced Family Law Solicitors, headed by Director Amanda Schmidt and Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist Malcolm Kennedy, will listen carefully to your concerns and work closely with you to identify the critical issues and formulate a strategy accordingly.
What is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist?
As a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist, Malcolm Kennedy has:
- Demonstrated extensive experience in the area of Family Law
- Completed an advanced study program in Family Law which is rigorously administered by the Queensland Law Society
- Undertaken continuing legal education in the area of Family Law to ensure that his knowledge and practice remains on the cutting edge of developments in this area of the law.
Offices in Toowoomba and Brisbane
From our offices in Toowoomba and Brisbane, we help people with family law issues from all over Queensland to put the pieces of their lives back together following a family law separation.
When Experience Counts
Our clients, from Toowoomba, Brisbane and beyond, recognise that when family break down occurs, it is important to have an experienced family law solicitor on your side.
It is critical in family law disputes to assess your strengths and weaknesses early, then formulate a strategic plan. In some property cases there will be an urgent need to restrain your ex partner from disposing of assets. Such family court applications must be made quickly and be drafted carefully to maximise your prospects of success.
If the dispute relates to the welfare of a child, there are occasions where urgent family law orders must be sought without delay. That said, unless there is an urgent issue relating to the safety of your child, we will explore all alternative dispute resolution options with you in the hope that an amicable family law resolution can be reached with a minimum of stress and expense.
The Right Advice
We provide decisive but sensitive advice, never losing sight of the fact that we are dealing with people and relationships, not just with matters of law.
We keep our clients informed throughout the process and remain proactive in protecting their rights.
In recognition of our commitment to excellence, Malcolm Kennedy is one of few solicitors who acts as a Court-appointed independent children's lawyer in Family Law matters. He has been accepting these appointments continually since 1997. His appointed role regularly brings him in contact with Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists and Family Report Writers together with Child Health and Education Specialists. This wealth of experience and knowledge enables our firm to deliver a high standard of advice and service to our clients.
Using our specialist skills and experience, whether the case is a multi-million dollar property case or a home and contents property case, we bring to each the same level of understanding and skill in order to promptly resolve the matter with a minimum of stress and legal cost to our client.
Our clients recognise, when you have a lot at stake, you need an expert on your side.
Seek Advice Early
We recommend that you seek family law advice from one of our experienced team at the earliest opportunity. The earlier you understand the process and the potential issues impacting upon your particular family separation, the better prepared you are and the more likely it is that you will achieve a favourable outcome.
Deferral of Legal Costs
We understand that in some cases, it is difficult for you to pay for legal fees until an agreement is reached or until Court Orders are made.
Talk to us about deferred payment of legal costs until finalisation of your matter.