Who We Are
Rafton Family Lawyers is a specialist family law practice in Richmond, Parramatta and other areas of Sydney.
With a team of highly qualified and experienced Sydney family lawyers, we are able to offer the full range of family law services, from property settlements to children’s issues and Court representation, and we take pride in our professional, friendly and down-to- earth approach.
In a dynamic and ever-changing world where the conventional family is not as common as it has been historically, the team at Rafton Family Lawyers recognise the importance of always being up to date with the most recent developments in the law, ensuring that the team is always in the best position to advise you.
At Rafton Family Lawyers our team is ready to assist you with any family law matter, whether you are contemplating partnering, separating, parenting or a property settlement. Our team also specialises in wills and estates.
Wills and Estates
Regardless of whether you simply own one car, or ten and have a multimillion dollar investment portfolio, when commencing, or ending, a relationship it is important to consider what would happen to your estate if you were to pass away. Moreover, it is important to consider who you would want to be in charge of managing your financial affairs and decisions regarding your health and wellbeing should you ever be unable to make such decisions yourself.
Our firm prepares Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianships for an affordable lump sum fee. We also offer the complimentary benefit of having such documents stored in our fireproof safe, so that when they are needed, your most important documents will be safe and accessible, ensuring your wishes are honoured. Furthermore, we can assist if you have been left out of a will or don’t think your loved one’s wishes are being bona fide honoured. Contact us for more information about how we can help you.
Marriage and De-facto Relationships
Rafton Family Lawyers can assist in relation to all family structures, including those which involve a marriage or de facto relationship, whether the parties are of the same sex or not. Our firm can assist with the preparation of enforceable pre-nuptial agreements, or the de facto equivalent, namely binding financial agreements.
Like many other things in life, our firm recognises that sometimes relationships do not go as planned, and you can find yourself stuck in a bind at times. We can also help with this. Our firm recognises that no two relationships are the same and we have successfully applied for divorce between parties who have been married for just weeks, as well as those who have been married for decades. No matter how long your relationship was, our team are ready to advise you in relation to separation, divorce and the many other implications which often accompany such a decision, depending on your circumstances.
Separated with children – where to now?
Rafton Family Lawyers understands the impact of separation on children and can work with you to negotiate a parenting plan or parenting arrangements with your spouse, to ensure that the impact of separation on your children is minimal. Whether you and your partner already have an agreement or are able to come to an agreement through negotiations with us, we are able to prepare and file Consent Orders, which essentially finalise the matter of parenting and provide a legally enforceable plan moving forward.
If you or another parent wish to relocate with a child, commence, amend or cease paying child support or child maintenance, we have experts who can guide and advise you along the way.
Already have parenting arrangements or Orders – can I change them?
Sometimes, our clients already have an arrangement or set of Orders in place, in relation to parenting, and for some reason those arrangements are not working out. In just one consultation with our team, we can explore whether such arrangements or Orders can be overturned or amended in your circumstances.
Wanting to adopt or have a child?
On a lighter note, if you are contemplating adoption or having a child and would like to learn about the impact of either of these decisions on a pre-nuptial agreement, binding financial agreement, or your will and estate, we are able to assist.
When a relationship ends, there is often property which is either owned by one or both parties. The length of the relationship and other circumstances dictate what each party is entitled to retain upon separation. These circumstances are provided in the Family Law Act 1975 and other relevant case law. The law and its application to your circumstances can be explained in every day terms by one of our friendly team members.
Negotiating an agreement
Our team has successfully settled negotiations and Court proceedings for clients with multimillion dollar estates, as well as those with minimal assets. If and when you and your partner have come to an agreement we are able to prepare and file Consent Orders, which finalise your property matter and provide a legally enforceable plan for the division or treatment of property, ensuring you receive what you are entitled to. If an agreement has not been reached, we are able to negotiate on your behalf to assist in the reaching of an agreement. Such agreement can then be finalised through our preparation and filing of Consent Orders. Our firm offers to prepare and file Consent Orders for an affordable lump sum.
Going to court
Sometimes negotiations, mediations, and other attempts to resolve a property matter are fruitless for a variety of reasons. Our team can assist you by advising in relation to, commencing or responding to property proceedings which have been initiated. Our team is very familiar with court processes, requirements and proceedings and can explain these to you and guide you along the way, should the decision to go to court be made. Many of our matters in which the Court has become involved have nevertheless settled through agreement between the parties, while others have proceeded to a final hearing in order to determine the just and equitable division of property. Either way, our team are prepared to work in your best interests to achieve the right property settlement.
Contact us to find out what you are entitled to and how best to go about it.
Here at Rafton Family Lawyers we are committed to delivering the best quality service to you, at the most affordable price. We do this by providing honest, thorough and reliable legal advice from day one.
Read our plain English handbooks
These fact sheets are designed to provide an overview of the relevant issues and systems so that you have a better understanding of the process.