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I will recommend you to my friends and family (should it ever arise that they are in need) and I will let them know the professional manner in which you conducted yourself and had my child's best interests at heart.

It was a difficult step for me to think in legal terms towards the father of my children, but it is also difficult to be financially and physically cut off from your home. When my fear was greatest, I came to you. I was not a very keen participant and was quickly overwhelmed by the process, even in light of the excellent advice, I didn't want to carry it through. Regardless of all that, I found my lawyer and all the staff working at Paterson and Dowding, whether I spoke to them on the phone or in person, to be courteous, compassionate and kind... (not what the movies tell us about lawyers at all). It has lifted my faith and my heart to have met you all, that part was a pleasure.

I have had the pleasure of dealing with Craig Taylor and the staff of Paterson and Dowding since October 2014. I have been profoundly impressed with the level of professionalism and efficiency of this firm. My Family Court matter has created very complex issues compared with routine divorce cases. My limited understanding of law has allowed me to appreciate the degree of aptitude that Craig Taylor has developed in his experience.

Paterson and Dowding is recommended to anyone unfortunate enough to require representation in the area of Family Law.

I just wanted to say thank you to yourself (Lucy) and Danielle for all your support over the past seven months. Your support has been invaluable and I’m extremely grateful for the outcome we’ve achieved. I really appreciate everything you have done for my boys and I. Thank you.

Thank you so much for all of your support over the recent months. Your advice and assistance has been invaluable. I am really happy with the outcome we have achieved under the circumstances.

Your company is very professional and your staff were amazing. Thank you.

What is Family Law?

Family Law is an area of legal practice which focusses on helping you manage issues around family relationships, marriage and children. This is no mean feat. It is a wide, adaptable area of law and it can be difficult to recognise how a Family Lawyer can help.

We like to think of it as our assisting you in managing key relationships in your life, underpinned by our technical understanding of the law.

A Family Lawyer Can Assist You

What is Family Law?

Family Law is an area of legal practice which focusses on helping you manage issues around family relationships, marriage and children. This is no mean feat. It is a wide, adaptable area of law and it can be difficult to recognise how a Family Lawyer can help.

We like to think of it as our assisting you in managing key relationships in your life, underpinned by our technical understanding of the law.

In what situations would I need a Family Lawyer?

There are many practical ways in which a Family Lawyer can advise you:

On Establishing Relationships:

  • Preparing pre-nuptial agreements
  • Preparing binding financial agreements
  • By drafting legal documents which may be required to resolve your matter; and
  • Advising and settling proposed arrangements or agreements prepared by your partner

In navigation you through what can be at times complex and challenging circumstances, a Family Lawyer will help you wade through the various regulations which apply, to ensure you achieve the best outcome for you. In Western Australia, these regulations include those governed by the Family Law Act 1975, Family Court Act 1997 (Western Australia) and Child Support Acts 1988-89, as well as the Family Law Rules 2004.

On Separation and Divorce:

  • Resolving a family dispute through mediation
  • Dividing up your assets and liabilities
  • Working out living and care arrangements for your children in the case of separation
  • Sorting out the financial aspects of child support or spousal maintenance
  • Help resolve issues in a separation with children such as schooling, medical issues, holidays
  • Maintenance for adult children Preparing your divorce application, which is separate to financial or parenting arrangements

On Children’s Matters:

  • Adopting a child
  • Having a child via surrogacy
  • Protecting your child from abuse
  • If your partner tries to remove your children from the country without your permission (international relocations)
  • Children with gender identity disorder

On Relationships, Access & Extended Family:

  • Dealing with restraining orders for a violent family member
  • If a family member is stalking you or preventing your access to friends
    and family
  • If you feel your property may be at risk from a family member
  • Grandparents wishing access to grandchildren following separation

How Does a Family Lawyer help solve my issues

A Family Lawyer can assist you:

  •  to negotiate with other parties involved in your personal circumstances;
  • in mediating your matter involving another party, in an effort to resolve any issues early and to prevent the need to resort to more costly and time consuming Family Court proceedings;
  • by drafting legal documents which may be required to resolve your matter; and
  • to navigate and provide you support as you make your way through legal processes to achieve the outcome you desire or represent you in Court.

In navigating you through what can be at times complex and challenging circumstances, a Family Lawyer will help you wade through the various regulations which apply, to ensure you achieve the best outcome for you. In Western Australia, these regulations include those governed by the Family Law Act 1975, Family Court Act 1997 (Western Australia) and Child Support Acts 1988-89, as well as the Family Law Rules 2004.

As you make your way to your desired outcome for you and your family, a Family Lawyer will meet with you to discuss your Family Law issues and provide you with a clear understanding of your available options. This can be as simple as arranging a single, initial meeting to enable you to gather information on your rights and responsibilities, through to providing you strategic legal guidance throughout the whole process until you reach a resolution of your matter.

How Can Using Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyer Make a Difference

At Paterson & Dowding, our Family Lawyers combine their years of experience (and the practice’s established path of success) with the realities of living in a fast-paced, modern world.

We respect that resolving your issue in Court can be the most time consuming and expensive resolution option for you, in circumstances where you may very well prefer a clear, definite outcome with minimal fuss experienced along the way. We are keenly aware that there are preferable options to explore before embarking on Court proceedings, and have specifically developed a model of practice which embraces negotiation, arbitration and mediation.

We are proud of our track record. We have trained our lawyers to embrace learning and ongoing development to keep up-to-date in an ever changing landscape. Many of our lawyers have gone on to become leading members of the judiciary. At the heart of their legacy is our experience.

Our desire to get our client – you – the best outcome.