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Whether you have a difficult family law case, need help buying your first home, or want to buy or sell a business, our team has the knowledge and expertise to get the job done. At Hijazi Curran Cameron Lawyers, we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients and you can be confident that your legal matter is in safe hands.

We work with clients in the ACT and the surrounding region in matters such as buying & selling property, divorce, child support, wills & estates and commercial agreements.

Hijazi Curran Cameron Lawyers is a specialist family and commercial law firm providing quality legal services to the Canberra and surrounding regional community. Our highly experienced legal team are committed to finding the right solutions to your legal problems.



Separation and dealing with family law questions can be a stressful experience so we try to make a hard thing to do easier. We’re tough, we’re expert but most of all we treat our clients as individuals. This philosophy is in everything we do. Don’t like letters? We won’t write to you. Don’t like coming in for meetings? We’ll talk on the phone or email.

If you do come to visit us you’ll see our office is not designed like a law firm – it’s designed like a home. It’s a space where our clients feel comfortable and calm and that encourages our lawyers to focus on what matters; the clients, not the size of their office. Because apart from this website, it’s about you, not about us.



Separation and divorce can be stressful. Feeling overwhelmed and confused about what comes next?

At Parker Coles Curtis we know that everybody’s relationship break-up is different. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach.

With a mix of compassion, skill and life experience we cut through the lawyer-speak, clearly explain your options and provide the support and guidance you need to move on to a brighter future.



At Neilan Stramandinoli Family Law, we pride ourselves in our commitment to excellence, proven track record and strong expertise in family law. We understand how emotional and difficult family law can be, which is why we exercise a blend of our skills, compassion and emotional intelligence to best guide you through these difficult times so you can achieve your best possible outcome.

See it for yourself. Contact us or schedule a fixed-fee appointment.



RM Family Law is a boutique firm that specialises in Family Law, Divorce Law, Wills & Estates, Guardianship & Financial Management, and Care & Protection. Our team comprises experienced and expert family law solicitors, child support lawyers, and divorce lawyers.

Family lawyers that care

We understand that family issues are delicate, complex, and unique. We bring to the table a combination of skill, experience, and emotional intelligence to help our clients. In addition to our legal expertise, we have earned a renowned reputation for our compassionate approach and strategically developed, pragmatic solutions that work in your best interest.

Experienced Professionals

Our team of professionals have rich experience and excellent academic credentials. We pride ourselves on being one of the best teams of family lawyers in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region. We are known for our integrity, honesty, and transparency.

Client-Centric Approach

Our clients are our driving force. We always put YOU and YOUR needs first. While every client’s needs are different, we work in your best interests and always seek to derive an out-of-court settlement to save you time, money, and emotional trauma.

No Surprises

We believe in no surprises. That’s why we discuss with you not just the best outcome of your case, but also tell you the most likely outcome.

Your search for a “family lawyer near me” ends with us…We are the best family lawyers in and around Canberra, Yass, and Queanbeyan, and are ready to serve our local community in times of need.



It is important to have a strong, personal connection between you and your solicitor. This connection is especially important when it comes to matters involving your family. When negotiating difficult and emotional family legal matters, you need to understand and be comfortable with the advice you receive.

Mazengarb Family Lawyers are passionate about family law. We offer our clients both the individual expertise of the lawyer acting for them, as well as the collective knowledge and experience of the firm’s team of lawyers. One of our Partners, Geoff Mazengarb has over 34 years of experience as a solicitor and is a trusted name in family law.

Whatever type of family law problem you are experiencing, whether it is a parenting matter, domestic violence or a property settlement matter ― you can feel confident you will receive expert and attentive legal help from our solicitors at Mazengarb Family Lawyers.



Armstrong Legal has been helping Canberrans with their family law, corporate law, contested estates, traffic law and criminal law matters for over a decade. We pride ourselves on being there for you when you need legal support.

Armstrong Legal’s Canberra lawyers understand that when you’re dealing with a legal matter you need urgent, reliable and timely assistance and they will work to resolve your matter as quickly as possible, exploring all options for finalising the matter out of court to keep your costs to a minimum.



We are a team of experienced and specialised family lawyers known for being calm, honest and pragmatic. We are skilful in diffusing conflict.

Our focus is to help you resolve your family law matters without additional drama. With grit and compassion, we will help you through your situation.

Legal fees should not be an additional worry. We have a no surprises policy with fees agreed in advance. The benefit of reducing conflict is that you’re not in protracted, lengthy disputes.

Our extensive experience in the Courtroom has taught us that there are better ways to resolve issues that arise out of separation. This led to our specialisation in collaborative law.



Over 160 years in legal practice.

Respected, Responsive and Experienced – we understand you BDN Lawyers is one of the oldest law firms in Australia, with our longevity and success drawn in equal parts from the expertise of our practitioners and the enduring relationships we form with our clients.

BDN Lawyers as it exists today draws its history from two firms.

  • The first, Deane & Deane, started practice in Sydney in the early 1850s.
  • The second, begun by Mr Joe Scrivener, started practice in Queanbeyan in 1861.

The two firms came together in 1923 when Deane & Deane relocated and purchased the Queanbeyan practice.

While variations have been made to the name of the firm, there has always remained a continuity of practice, principles and values unique to a local and community-orientated business.



Whether you’re at the point where all you want is to make a paid appointment to become a new client and get right into your issues; or you’re not quite there yet and want to come along for a free first conference where you can meet us and learn more about family law processes and how we can help you. If we’re closed, you can leave a message and we will call back, or there’s a contact form where you can leave some details and tell us a little about your issue. During holiday periods we do monitor messages but won’t normally contact you until after the break.

If you need to read more about us please go to our home page and click through our menus to learn about our services and our people. We are a specialist family law firm, and we’re here to help. We will help you through your issues, help you to understand the law, and help you to get the best outcome given all the circumstances.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of family law cases does the Canberra court handle?

The Canberra court handles a variety of family law cases, including but not limited to:

– Divorce and separation
– Property settlements
– Child custody and parenting arrangements
– Child support and spousal maintenance
– Domestic violence and restraining orders
– Adoption
– Guardianship and wardship
– Child protection and welfare
– Surrogacy and assisted reproduction
– International family law cases involving Australian citizens or residents.

It’s worth noting that this is not an exhaustive list and the court may handle other types of family law cases as well.

How do I file for divorce in Canberra?

To file for divorce in Canberra, you will need to follow these steps:

– Eligibility: You or your spouse must be an Australian citizen or reside in Australia and consider it your home. You must also have been separated for at least 12 months before applying for divorce.
– Obtain a divorce application form: You can obtain a divorce application form from the Federal Circuit Court website, or by visiting the court in person.
– Complete the application form: You will need to provide information about yourself and your spouse, as well as details of your marriage and separation.
– File the application form: File the completed application form at the Federal Circuit Court in Canberra, along with the filing fee.
– Serve the application: Once the application is filed, you will need to serve a copy of the application on your spouse. This can be done by post, by hand, or by an authorised process server.
– Wait for the court to grant the divorce: After the application is filed and served, the court will review the application and may grant the divorce.
– Attend a hearing: You will not be required to attend a hearing in most of the divorce cases, but in some cases, the court may schedule a hearing.

It’s worth noting that divorce process may vary slightly depending on the circumstances of your case and the court’s practices. It’s recommended to seek advice from a lawyer or legal professional before filing for divorce.

What is the process for property settlements in Canberra?

The process for property settlements in Canberra can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, but generally, it follows these steps:

– Negotiations: Both parties will try to negotiate a settlement, either directly or through their lawyers. This can include dividing up assets and liabilities, and may also involve reaching agreements on child custody and support.
– Mediation: If negotiations are unsuccessful, the parties may attend mediation with a trained mediator to try to reach a settlement.
– Consent Orders: If a settlement is reached, the parties will submit a proposed Consent Order to the court for approval.
– Court Proceedings: If a settlement is not reached, the parties will have to file an Application for Property Settlement with the Federal Circuit – – – Court in Canberra and attend a hearing. The court will consider the parties’ financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage, the future needs of the parties, and the best interests of any children involved.
– Judgement: After the hearing, the court will make a judgement and issue orders outlining how the property will be divided.

It’s worth noting that property settlements can be complex, and the court’s decision may not always be fair or equitable, seeking legal advice is recommended.

Also, it’s important to note that there is a strict time frame within which one must apply for property settlement. The time frame is usually within 12 months after the divorce is granted.

How does the court determine parenting arrangements in Canberra?

In Canberra, the court will determine parenting arrangements based on the best interests of the child or children involved. The court will consider a variety of factors when making a decision, including:

– The child’s relationship with each parent and other significant people in their life, such as grandparents or siblings.
– The child’s emotional, social, and educational needs and any special needs they may have.
– The child’s views and preferences, if they are old enough and have the ability to express them.
– The child’s physical and psychological safety and protection from harm or abuse.
– The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s needs and meet their developmental needs.
– The willingness of each parent to encourage and facilitate a relationship between the child and the other parent.
– Any family violence or other relevant issues that may affect the child’s safety and well-being.
– Any cultural or Indigenous background of the child and the parents, and how this may affect the child’s best interests.

It’s worth noting that the court will consider the above factors together, and will not give any one factor more weight than others, and the Court will also consider any proposed arrangements put forward by the parents, or any other person if they are involved in the child’s life.

It’s important to note that it’s always best for parents to try to reach an agreement on parenting arrangements, as this can help reduce the stress and uncertainty for the child. Mediation can be helpful in this process. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child.