Family Lawyers Melbourne

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Family Lawyers Melbourne 

Finding the right representation in family law isn’t just important; it’s paramount to ensuring your rights and interests are protected.

At Pentana Stanton Lawyers, we deeply understand the emotional turmoil accompanying family disputes. It’s crucial to have a legal ally who doesn’t just understand the law but truly comprehends your personal journey. Someone steadfastly in your corner, advocating for your rights, especially during those moments when you feel overwhelmed and drained.

Our solicitors, specializing in family law, stand out for their genuine empathy and commitment. They prioritize safeguarding the best interests of both you and your children, offering solace even in the most tumultuous times.

Our approach is twofold:

  1. Amicable Resolutions: We emphasize a collaborative approach. Advocating for mediation ensures you retain control over your case’s trajectory. We believe that decisions about your future should be made by you, not solely by the courts.
  2. Court Representation: If finding common ground outside court proves elusive, our seasoned solicitors are adept at navigating even the most intricate family law disputes within the courtroom.

Recognizing the financial strains separation often incurs, our firm is proudly affiliated with the Victoria Legal Aid panel panel. This allows eligible clients to seek grants covering case-related costs. For those where legal aid might not be an option, our flexible payment structures ensure you receive premier representation without undue financial burden.

Choose Pentana Stanton Lawyers, one of Melbourne’s elite family law firms, and take the first step in turning the page to a brighter chapter in your life.

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Empathetic Approach 

We know how stressful separations can be. We’re here to support you throughout the process. 

With solicitors who speak nine different languages, you’ll be represented by someone who understands you. 

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Future-focused Advice 

Making the right choices for your future can be hard – especially during a stressful separation. 

Our advice is designed to help you get to where you want to be, regardless of where you are now.  

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Efficient Outcomes 

Long, drawn-out separation battles can be costly, both financially and emotionally. 

We’ll work with you to get the right outcome in the shortest possible time so you can move on with your life. 

“Ben Vincent of Pentana Stanton worked day in, day out, overtime and weekends to fight and advocate for myself and my children and what was best for them in our greatest time of need.

He never faltered, never buckled and was never going to give in. He always listened to myself and put the needs of my kids and myself above all else, and fought relentlessly for us.

The dedication and commitment poured into my case was absolutely phenomenal and I could never have asked for anything more. There are no words to express the gratitude.”

Kara Baker

Family, Separation and Divorce Lawyers 

Separation occurs when one or both parties to a relationship (either married or de facto) conclude that the relationship is over. Usually, the parties stop living together at the same time, but this isn’t always the case. The law also recognises that separation can occur while the parties continue to live under one roof. 

If you and your partner are going to separate or have separated, make sure you seek legal advice for areas such as: 

Care arrangements for your children 

Spousal and child support 

Division of your marriage’s property 

Divorce application lodgement 

Get your free separation checklist guide. 

Here’s what’s inside: 

  • Important documents you need to collect from your house 
  • How to secure your physical and digital assets 
  • How to review your finances 
  • How to organise care for your children 
  • What to do next  
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Child Support Lawyers 

Under the Child Support (Assessment) Act (Cth), the primary carer of the child can ask the other parent for financial support to cover the costs of day-to-day care.  

Factors determining child support include each parent’s income, the number of children, and the children’s living arrangements. 

Each parent has the right to challenge child support decisions and have their matter reviewed.  

Our Melbourne-based family lawyers can help you understand the requirements for a child support agreement, get the best possible outcome in an assessment, and provide advice about objecting to an original review decision. 

Children’s Matters Involving the DFFH 

When family violence or child abuse is reported, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) has a duty to investigate – and can remove your children from your home if they’re found to be at risk of significant harm.  

You can also be served with a protection application, a supervision order, or interim accommodation order. 

If the DFFH has applied to remove your children, consult one of our family law specialists as soon as possible to get advice about your options.  

The earlier you address the DFFH’s concerns, the better – the Court can remove the children from your care if they think it’s necessary. 

Family Violence and Intervention Orders (IVO) 

If a family member is acting violently, threatening you, controlling you, or coercing you, you can apply for a family violence or intervention order by going to the police or by making an application at the Magistrates’ Court. 

For immediate protection, you need to apply for an interim intervention order. Our family law advice Melbourne specialists can assist with the application process, ensuring your order is obtained as quickly as possible. 

Injunctions and Urgent Applications 

The usual waiting period between filing a court application and your first court appearance is six to eight weeks.   

In some situations, you can’t wait that long. 

If your ex-partner is refusing to return your children, taking your children out of the country, or disbursing your marriage’s assets, our experienced family lawyers can help expedite your case. 

Parenting Disputes and Child Custody 

When you and your partner separate, working out how your children will be properly cared for is critical. 

You can come to a legally binding agreement with your partner – or, if you’re unable to, the Court can issue a parenting order to protect the interests of your children. 

If you’re going through a separation or think your child could be at risk of abuse or violence, our experienced child custody lawyers can help. 

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Property Settlement 

Navigating a property settlement when you and your partner separate can be emotionally challenging. 

Our experienced family lawyers act as your objective representatives – we help protect your financial future by making sure your relationship’s assets are divided fairly. 

If your separation is amicable, we provide practical legal advice that helps your and your partner move on in a quick, cost-effective way. 

And, if you need to go to court, we’ll work with you to obtain an equitable settlement. 

Binding Financial Agreements 

Protect the financial future of your relationship with a binding financial agreement (BFA). 

Like an insurance policy, a BFA is a way for both you and your spouse/de facto partner to safeguard your assets if something happens. 

We’ll work with you to provide holistic BFA advice that encompasses your current and future financial statuses.  

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Why Victorians Choose Pentana Stanton 

"I started working with Durra from Pentana Stanton at a very crucial time. My previous lawyer was unable to reassure me much of the time and would often write lengthy emails with worst case scenarios which were overwhelming and confusing. When I met Durra I instantly felt like she could hear me and she would be able to advocate for our child. Durra also had a way of reassuring me of the realities of our particular case. Durra gave me my voice back. It was hard to put my trust in a lawyer after my first experience but Im so glad I did with Durra, we achieved a great outcome and I am forever grateful."

Emma Ralph

I’d like to personally thank the staff at Pentana Stanton lawyers. In particular my personal lawyer Durra Baraz And the support staff that help her. Durra And her team we are always professional and I always felt that they always had my families best interests in mind. Family law can be quite stressful And a turbulent time I’m grateful for them helping and guiding me through the process. To be honest I couldn’t be more happier with the service they provide I would highly recommend them. Thank you Pentana Stanton lawyers for helping me achieve a great outcome.

Mickey Mac

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