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Parenting Plans
A parenting plan - a written agreement between parents. It covers:
- day-to-day responsibilities of each parent
- practical considerations of a child’s daily life
- how parents will agree and consult on important long-term issues about their children
It can be changed at any time as long as both parents agree.
The process
Step 1
If parents end up in court at some later date, the court will consider the terms of the most recent parenting plan when making parenting orders. The court will also consider the extent to which both parents have complied with their obligations in relation to the child, which may include the terms of a parenting plan.
Step 2
The parents can agree to change parenting arrangements by a parenting plan (given the court order allows it and was made after 1 July 2006). This can be made without going back to court.
Step 3
Unless there are issues of violence or abuse, the law presumes that it is in the best interest of a child for the parents to have equal shared parental responsibility.
Step 4
If the child spending equal time with both of you is not appropriate, you could consider an arrangement that allows both parents to spend substantial and significant time with the child.
How can we assist?
One of our family law Solicitors will review your situation, advise you, and during the 2 hours consultation develop a written Parenting Plan for you.
Our one-off fixed fee for that is just $260 incl GST. The fee does not include work to negotiate the Parenting Plan with the other party.
We offer clear #PaymentPlans
PAYMENT PLAN №1
Initial deposit
$1,000

Instalments
$150
per week
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PAYMENT PLAN №2
Initial deposit
$500

Instalments
$150
per week
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$50
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Frequently asked questions
Why is the initial consultation free of charge?
This is one of our firm's core values. We do not charge and will never start charging for our consultations. We believe that everyone has the right to free legal advice. Hence, you do not ever have to pay for your consultation, even if you choose to take on our services. Our team has proudly completed over 28,000 free consultations.
Do I need to pay if my initial consultation has taken more than 1 hour?
No. We do not put a limit on the length of your consultation. All consultations are no obligation and absolutely free of charge. You can attend your first consultation free. We charge very affordable fee of $160 for subsequent consultations if you need more than one.
Do I need to book a consultation or can just walk in?
To guarantee your spot, we advise to book in advance. However, we do have a number of walk-in locations: Parramatta Office NSW, Brisbane City Office QLD, Caboolture Office QLD.
Can you tell me in advance how much my matter will cost me?
Yes, we will provide you with a fixed fee quote. Usually, it is possible to provide you with our fixed fee quote after attending a 1-hour free consultation. For complex litigation matters, we will be able to give you a fixed fee quote for a particular stage of your case.
Why do you charge 3 - 10 times less than other law firms?
  1. The first reason is that we are a large law firm. We can offer very low fixed fees because we have a significant volume of matters.
  2. Secondly, we do not charge for communication with our clients and correspondence with other parties and courts. All charges are included in the fixed fee.
  3. Most importantly, we do not complete unnecessary work/documentation. We work in a very efficient results-orientated manner, and do not charge for unnecessary steps (common in most practises).

You are a low-cost firm, does it mean that I will get lower quality representation?
No, it absolutely does not. Our unique business model allows us to charge less; however, the lower price does not reflect the competency of our professionals. Our Directors, Associates, Senior Solicitors, Solicitors and Paralegals are fully experienced in Family Law matters and often deal with very complex cases. We guarantee top quality work.
Do you do Legal Aid work?
No, we do not work on Legal Aid grants. However, we often assist clients who are not eligible for Legal Aid.
Do I need to pay the entire fixed fee if my matter settles earlier?
No. The Fixed Fee is the maximum amount we will charge you for the agreed scope of work. If the matter is settled earlier, or you decide to cease work, we will only charge you for the work which has been completed to date.
Do you charge for emails, phone calls, meetings?
No. All correspondence and communication with our clients is included in the fixed fee.
Am I eligible for a Payment Plan?
Yes, everyone is eligible for a Payment Plan. We neither have a selection criteria, nor do we charge an interest rate with the plan.
Can I choose a traditional hourly rate?
Yes. You can choose traditional hourly rates (optional). We made it low and straightforward, at just $220 per hour (including GST), which is significantly less than other law firms in Australia. However, none of our clients ever asked for an hourly rate. Our clients prefer a fixed fee.
What if I cannot afford to pay legal fees upfront?
We do not ask our clients to pay large amounts upfront. We offer clear payment plans. We can commence work on your matter without an initial deposit if you cannot afford one.
Can I contact my lawyer via a Facebook message or a text?
Of course, you can. Feel free to choose the platform you are most comfortable with. Our aim is to make the whole process as smooth and simple for you as we possibly can.
Do you charge for your travel and accommodation expenses in case my Court hearing is in a remote location or where you do not have a permanent office?
No, on 1 February 2020 we stopped charging clients for travel & accommodation. These expenses are on us. You pay for actual legal services and representation only.