Our family law team is able to offer practical, common sense advice, assisting you to negotiate the legal consequences of a relationship breakdown. Our goal is to assist you to negotiate the Family Law process as expeditiously and painlessly as possible and we will assist you to focus on the critical issues involved, and thereby reach a resolution with your former partner which is acceptable to you.
By appointing us to represent you, we will alleviate your stress at a worrying time by providing sensible, practical and relevant advice. Our rates are highly competitive.
Some of the services provided by our Family Law group are:
- Advice on property settlements
- Advice on care arrangements for children and child support
- Consent orders for property settlement
- Consent orders for children’s issues
- Binding Financial Agreements
- Child Support Agreements
- Representation during litigation in the Family Law Courts
- Representation at mediation
This is what some of our clients have to say:
Self-Employed, Regional Client
My decision to seek professional legal advice in navigating a safe pathway to post-marriage independence has to be one of the most important decisions I have made.
Much in the same way we seek professional medical advice if we are ill or we may engage a tradesperson to fix an issue around the house or service our car, the peace of mind that comes with guidance from a lawyer who specialises in family law is priceless.
In my experience it was Jane’s ability to pragmatically and succinctly guide me through the necessary steps from that initial conversation, to quickly reaching a point of closure in securing a legally binding settlement, which offered both stability and confidence during an emotionally trying time.
Ensuring the security of the current and future financial and practical needs of you and your children is paramount. Importantly, this extends beyond the material things but it’s also about keeping your self-esteem and dignity intact too. Current day society dictates that no two relationships are the same, the way they are formed and; if they break down, the way they are dissolved. Jane’s experience was evident from the outset. Empathy and sensitivity and when needed, a firm hand, underpinned each transaction.
Some may hesitate at the perceptions of the cost associated with going down the path of engaging legal counsel, I would argue that the cost may be far greater if you do not.
Thank you Jane for your guidance, attention to detail and for applying the care factor.
Professional mother with one child
“Brooke was diligent, thorough, and left no rock unturned. She fought for me, and I felt she was truly the best person to have in my court. Brooke has exceptional listening, recall and notation skills. She was empathetic, whilst remaining professional, and assisted me to hold it together in my most fragile moments. Brooke empowered me to keep going, kept me well informed throughout the process (through various forms of communication). She is highly professional, reliable, accessible, honest and upfront. She never mislead me, and I felt she did everything she could to make me feel supported, comfortable and valued.
I am so glad I was recommended Brooke Kennedy as my legal representative, as she made our journey as pain free as possible, and through her vast experience and knowledge, achieved the most incredible outcome (for us) of which we will forever be grateful.”
Social Worker, Melbourne
I can highly recommend Jane Ekin-Smyth to anyone requiring an exceptionally skilled lawyer in the area of Family Law.
Jane is an excellent lawyer to engage in this complex area as she has acquired extensive experience, skill and wisdom together with a very calm and supportive manner.
Her ability to explain the complexities and the vagaries that did arise in the process helped make a difficult process that much easier for me to understand and cope with.
At all times Jane represented me well and consistently demonstrated great integrity in doing so.
Her capacity to relate all parties in a highly respectful manner and keep working toward a negotiated settlement rather than proceed directly to a highly litigious and adversarial process was outstanding.
Chartered Accountant, Toorak
Jane Ekin-Smyth is an intelligent, strategic and empathetic family lawyer.
I wanted someone who I could trust to articulate exactly what I wanted in an intelligent language I could understand whilst also feeling secure that my case was represented in the best possible way.
Jane delivered in every way.
Jane’s advice and approach was ultimately instrumental in the success of my relocation matter.
I would highly recommend Jane to anyone who is seeking a high level of service, support and understanding during an often extremely distressing period.
Non resident living in the USA
As a non-resident living in the USA, the threat of potential litigation in Australia raised significant concerns for me. But Jane Ekin-Smyth provided fast, practical and sensible advice that enabled my issue to be resolved quickly, painlessly and at a very reasonable cost. Thanks to Jane and O'loughlins!