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As WA’s award-winning & leading Parenting, Custody & Children’s Matters Lawyers, we help you minimise fallout on family disputes with effective legal strategies.

Doyles 2022 Paterson Dowding Preeminent Parenting Law Doyles 2022 Paterson Dowding Leading Family Law Doyles 2022 Paterson Dowding Recommended Mediator

WHY CHOOSE US

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Consult with a specialist lawyer

Determine your next best steps forward with a free 15 minute consultation with the best family lawyer specific to your situation.

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Clear Communication

Confusing legal documents, processes and jargon can be frustrating. We make sure you understand your legal rights and feel confident with a clear plan to move forward.

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Achieve a better outcome

50 Years of expertise, combined with a deep understanding on all family law matters, helps you secure the best possible outcome.

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Minimise time spent in court

We’re focused on timely solutions to help you negotiate, mediate and settle family law issues before going to court.

GET ADVICE AND CLARITY ON THE BEST WAY FORWARD FOR YOUR FAMILY LAW MATTER

SEPARATION & DIVORCE

Going through separation or applying for divorce? Get an understanding of your legal rights and entitlements, and other family law matters including child custody, parenting issues, division of property and spousal maintenance. Speak to the best divorce lawyers in Perth on how to file for divorce in WA and achieve the best possible outcome.

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PARENTING ISSUES AND CHILD MATTERS

When you separate, decisions concerning the care arrangements for your children can be difficult and stressful. Our team of compassionate child custody lawyers can provide you with practical advice on child abuse, family and domestic violence, child support and more. For legal guidance and support on all parenting and children matters, book a free consultation today with Perth’s leading family law firm.

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FINANCIAL AND PROPERTY SETTLEMENT

Family mediation lawyers can help you reach an agreement with your former spouse on financial and parenting disputes without having to go to Family Court. Speaking with our Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Practitioner helps you identify issues, develop options, and make decisions in your best interests.

For urgent legal advice from the best family mediation in Perth, book your free consultation now.

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FAMILY MEDIATION & DISPUTE SOLUTION

Going through divorce or separation and unsure what you’re entitled to? Our highly accredited financial and property settlement lawyers have extensive experience in developing strategies and negotiating division of property, family trusts and businesses, assets, liabilities, and superannuation.

Speak to the top family lawyers in Perth about getting a legal strategy that has your best interests in mind.

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FAMILY VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS & CHILD SAFETY

Are you currently a victim of family violence? Filing for a temporary or permanent VRO helps protect you from violence, threats of violence and any other behaviour that causes you to be fearful. If you need assistance filing a VRO or domestic violence legal advice, we’re here to listen and help resolve your matter as quickly as possible.

If you’re in danger, we recommend contacting the Police immediately. To get in contact with our domestic violence lawyers, book your free 15 min consultation today.

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OUR SIMPLE PROCESS GIVES YOU QUICK LEGAL ADVICE FROM A SPECIALIST LAWYER

Divorce is an emotional, confusing and time-consuming process, but it can be straightforward and less stressful with the right legal advice and strategy. To give you the best way forward on your family law issues, we start things off with a simple conversation to discuss your current situation. After some basic questions, we’ll book in a consultation with one of our specialist family lawyers best suited for you.

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15 Min Free Consultation

To request a free consultation, simply fill out the form with your details and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours (Mon - Fri).

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Follow-up Call

Dedicated to providing the best client experience possible, our friendly staff will assist, guide and match you with the right specialist lawyer suited to your situation.

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Consultation With Specialist Lawyer

This is the right time to ask all of your questions and let our family lawyer know about any concerns you may have. Based on your situation, we will be able to provide you with legal advice, and help you determine what are your next best steps moving forward.

"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."

ANOTHER HAPPY P&D CLIENT

"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."

ANOTHER HAPPY P&D CLIENT

"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. "

ANOTHER HAPPY P&D CLIENT

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

ANOTHER HAPPY P&D CLIENT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The law can be confusing, especially when you have never dealt with it before. Rest assured, we are here to answer your frequently asked questions regarding family law.

Achieve your desired outcome for you and your family when negotiating with other parties involved in your personal circumstances with mediation to resolve 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.

Navigate 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 to avoid costly mistakes as you make your way through legal processes to achieve the outcome you desire with representation in Court
with strategic legal guidance throughout the whole process until you reach a resolution of your matter.

Meet with a Paterson & Dowding Family Lawyer and Mediator today to gather information on your rights and responsibilities and available options.

Paterson & Dowding is one of Western Australia’s oldest and most highly regarded family law firms.

Our Divorce 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 negotiationarbitration 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.

We are driven by our desire to get our client – you – the best outcome whilst limiting the fallout on families.

The nature of family law matters makes it extremely difficult to provide you with an estimate of your potential total legal costs. Some or all of the following factors may have an effect on the amount of legal fees you may incur:

  • The size or complexity of your family and financial affairs.
  • The conduct of the other party and/or their lawyer.
  • The actual time we are required to spend to prepare your matter.
  • The cost of disbursements. We have no control over some of these costs (such as court fees, expert report fees, search fees).
  • Whether you brief a barrister.
  • Whether it becomes necessary to issue or defend Court proceedings.
  • Whether your matter settles before or after the filing of court proceedings.

For more information on family lawyer costs or your family law matters, book your free consultation.

Our team of Family Lawyers in Perth and Joondalup offers a broad range of services for separated, married and de facto couples and interested third parties.

As one of the longest established Family Law firms in Perth with 50 years of experience, our highly skilled team consists of Accredited Family Law Specialists, Nationally Accredited Mediators, Collaborative Lawyers, Independent Children’s Lawyers and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

We are committed to fully understanding each client’s specific legal concerns, no matter how complicated the matter, in order to achieve the best outcome.

We recognise that this may be a very stressful time in your life and our lawyers are well equipped to provide you with constructive guidance. We recommend that you have the benefit of meeting with one of our lawyers for at least a one-off consultation before making any decisions.

Paterson & Dowding is pleased to offer new clients a special arrangement to access the services of one of Western Australia’s oldest and most highly regarded Family Law firms. We offer a special, fixed fee rate for an initial one hour appointment with a lawyer that you have been matched with.

This will allow enough time to ask questions and to be provided with practical advice to help you navigate your way through your legal issues. Start with booking your free 15 minute consultation today.

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