Family & Relationship Lawyers Warrnambool & Port Fairy

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If you require legal advice regarding a family and relationship law matter, we understand that this can be a daunting and emotionally challenging time. To help you through the process, it is important to have a team that understands the complex nature of family and relationship law and can assist you to establish a strong legal position.

At Coulter Legal, our dedicated team of lawyers take a professional, strategic, yet empathetic approach to resolving family and relationship law matters without the need for costly and lengthy litigation, if possible, by first adopting conciliatory methods, such as negotiation and mediation.

Family & Relationship Law Expertise

Our team of lawyers can assist you with a range of complex matters including separation and divorce, property settlement, parenting arrangements, child support, intervention orders, children’s court applications, spousal maintenance and family bankruptcy.  They will help you carefully consider your position and explain how the decisions that you make today may impact upon your financial and emotional circumstances into the future. With a number of Accredited Specialists, you will be allocated to the lawyer within the team who is the best fit for the individual circumstances of your matter.

Court Guidance

Where agreement cannot be reached without resorting to litigation, our team has a thorough knowledge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia process and rules, as well as the Children’s Court of Victoria and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Attending court can be a confronting experience for our clients, but our team will be there to guide you and support you before, during and after any court events.

Open Communication

Our team is committed to communicating with you regularly to ensure that you remain in control of your circumstances and know how your matter is progressing. We maintain that communication is essential in assisting to reduce unnecessary stress. Our approach is personalised to each client and we provide advice that is clear and easy to understand.

No-cost Consultation

We offer a no-cost 30 minute initial consultation to enable you to discuss your situation with an experienced family and relationship lawyer. The initial consultation provides an opportunity to gain an informed understanding of your matter and the necessary steps to achieve a resolution as swiftly and inexpensively as possible.

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What our clients have to say

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Tony HorshamTony Horsham
12:44 13 Feb 24
Satbir from Coulter Roach was very professional, knowledgeable and easy to deal with. He worked very hard to achieve a favorable outcome. I would recommend Satbir to anyone who is looking for these qualities in a solicitor.
Carli HesterCarli Hester
20:38 09 Feb 24
From my very first meeting with Satbir, it was evident that he approached his work with genuine care and empathy. Satbir took the time to listen to my concerns and understand the complexities of my situation, providing guidance and reassurance every step of the way.Satbir navigated the legal aspects of my separation with diligence and proficiency, ensuring that my rights were protected and that I understood the implications of every decision we made.What truly set Satbir apart was his kindness and compassion. He provided not only legal counsel but also emotional support, offering a listening ear and words of encouragement when I needed them most.Thanks to his guidance, I was able to navigate the challenges of my separation with greater ease and confidence. He helped me find clarity in a time of confusion and provided me with the strength to move forward toward a brighter future.I would not hesitate to recommend Satbir to anyone in need of legal assistance, knowing that they will receive not only top-notch legal representation but also the compassionate support they deserve.
Mark HockeyMark Hockey
23:59 08 Feb 24
Satbir is highly recommended, personable and understands the importance of meaningful legal direction. He capably reads the room and does all and sundry for the best outcome for his client. He certainly shows compassion. He is a wealth of knowledge and represents Coulter Legal with integrity and respect.
Michelle PantelicMichelle Pantelic
06:46 08 Feb 24
Highly recommend Satbir Singh from Coulter Legal. He helped me through my legal separation and made the process as stress free as possible
Meredith HamblinMeredith Hamblin
04:35 08 Feb 24
Excellent, caring staff. Thank you for the support and assisting in my property settlement. Highly recommend Coulter Legal.
Tegan McPhailTegan McPhail
23:12 06 Feb 24
Satbir and Jade helped me finalise a good portion of my matter. They were very patient and understanding with an honest and full disclosure of expected costs.Thank you Jade and Satbir
Ravi D ManshaRavi D Mansha
06:08 31 Jan 24
I would like to thank Satbir Singh from Coulter Legal. He is a very experienced and professional special counsel who works with clients at their own pace, portrays empathy and emotional intelligence to help resolve legal matters. I would be very happy to recommend Satbir to anyone who is seeking family and relationship law related services. Thank you again Satbir for your time and services.
Dianne ToeDianne Toe
05:33 24 Jan 24
We were very happy with the level of care and attention to detail provided by all of the members of the Coulter legal team. Our property transaction was quite complex and we received timely and thorough advice every step of the way.
Julie MoralesJulie Morales
02:12 28 Dec 23
Isaac and his team recently assisted my mother with the finalisation of my father's estate. The service and attention to detail provided by Isaac and the team was excellent. He was always empathetic to this being a very difficult time for my mother and would explain the process in layman’s terms so we always understood where all matters were at. We would have no hesitation in using the professional services of Coulter Legal again in the future.
Ricky HowlingRicky Howling
23:16 22 Nov 23
Lauren & Tom could not have been more accommodating in facilitating the sale of our small business. All queries were always attended to in a timely manner which made us feel at ease throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Coulter Legal if you are selling (or purchasing) a small business.
Alisha hallAlisha hall
11:28 28 Sep 23
I am incredibly grateful for the support and outstanding outcome of my family law case thanks to Satbir Singh. He is not only highly professional but also incredibly assertive in his approach. Satbir is a quick responder, which made me feel supported and informed throughout the entire process. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. Highly recommended!
Lucille HampshireLucille Hampshire
05:23 24 Mar 23
Selling my home and purchasing a new home.I felt so very lucky to be placed in the hands of Melaine, Naomi and their team. Throughout the whole process nothing was too much to ask and everything was dealt with the utmost professionalism and caring, the journey from start to finish was flawless. I would highly recommend Coulter Legal to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home.
maxine flakemoremaxine flakemore
23:24 05 Jan 23
Being my first experience of the type of legal services supplied, I was quite apprehensive but felt really supported and attended to, when I spoke to Sebastian by phone. The process I was to go through was explained really well and his follow up support has been really assuring. Many thanks and I would highly recommend you services. I know who to call if I need legal representation in the future.
Emma HoyEmma Hoy
09:56 06 Dec 22
I could not more highly recommend the team of lawyers I was fortunate enough to have assisting me with a significant legal matter. I had the pleasure of working with Alastair and Sarah, who were both highly knowledgable, respectful and professional lawyers throughout the legal process. During a highly stressful and anxious time, they were able to reassure me, and guide me through the necessary steps required to handle the matter. Thank you!
Liz Lockwood-SaundersLiz Lockwood-Saunders
22:30 01 Dec 22
Our needs changed a few times over the course of going to court, but every time we were walked through the process, supported and celebrated when we achieved what was necessary. Satbir and Alastair are wonderful! We have our freedom back!
Catherine SomersetCatherine Somerset
23:50 30 Nov 22
I'm a boomer so had to get my daughter to show me how to do a google review - but I had to give credit where credit is due! My husband and I just completed our Wills with CL lawyer, Tristan Burke. He was brilliant and delightful. An excellent communicator - listened to our intentions and complexities and translated them into the legal document, and willing and able to communicate back to us, in terms we could understand, the purpose and effect of each clause. Tristan has left us feeling confident, clear and relieved that all is sorted. The process was streamlined and professional. Get on to Coulter Legal for your Wills and Estates planning now - cause you never know when that bus might come!
Ross HarrisonRoss Harrison
22:42 13 Jul 22
Laura from Coulter Legal was extremally helpful and able to advise various options and details for our Wills. We also set up Financial & Personal Powers of Attorney and Medical Treatment Decision Maker documents.
Daniel TomkinDaniel Tomkin
03:06 13 May 22
Used this service for a family legal matter. The advice and help I got was excellent. I could not recommend any higher.
Christiane EdwardsChristiane Edwards
03:57 05 May 22
I have used Satbir to settle a parenting and property matter as part of a divorce. He impresses with professionalism and always pushes for the best outcome. Can highly recommend him!
eviie luongeviie luong
05:12 07 Mar 22
Alastair Noakes and Sarah Guthrie were very supportive during my divorce proceedings all the way through. Their advice always factored in my best interest as well as my children.Thank you for seeing my case through successfully.
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Key matters we can advise you on

When a relationship ends, there are important issues that need to be considered and dealt with appropriately in order to secure your future. We understand that legal matters may not be at the forefront of your mind and may not feel like a priority at the time of separation.  However engaging a family lawyer to assist you with the many issues which may arise as a consequence of separation are crucial . Find out more

Separation occurs when one party to a marriage or a de facto relationship communicates to the other party that they no longer wish to continue the relationship.  There is no requirement to register a separation, however it is important to note the date that separation occurs, as this is when the time limit to commence a formal Court application for the division of assets will begin. Find out more

In order to make an application for divorce in Australia, you must be separated from your spouse for a period of 12 months and 1 day.  The family law team at Coulter Legal have put together a comprehensive guide to divorce law in Australia.  Coulter Legal offers a no-obligation online divorce tool for standard Divorce applications. Once completed, you will be fully supported from start to finish by one of our experienced family lawyers. Find out more

While a relationship breakdown may carry an immense emotional burden on the parties involved, the children of the relationship are also likely be affected by separation.  It is critical that at the time of separation, proper arrangements are made for any children of the relationship.

Some important things to consider are who the child will live with, how much time the child will spend with the parent they are not living with , whether you or your former partner will make an application for Child Support and how a property settlement should be structured to meet the financial needs of the children and their primary carer.

If you and your former partner are unable to agree about parenting matters independently, you should obtain legal advice.  At Coulter Legal, we work hard to resolve parenting matters without resorting to litigation, which can be costly and can obstruct the ability to co-parent effectively. Find out more

If there are children of the relationship, you or your former partner may be required to pay Child Support following separation.  In Australia, Child Support is administered by the Child support Agency.  You or your former spouse can make an application to the Child support Agency for a Child Support Assessment.

The law around Child support is complex.  Should you require advice with respect to Child Support it is advisable to obtain legal advice.

The rate of Child Support that is assessed is calculated using a formula which takes into consideration each person’s income, the age of the child and the number of nights that a child is in each parent’s care. Find out more

Often, when a parent or family member is notified that that a child or relative is subject to a report or investigation by DFFH, this can be a difficult and confronting experience.  Children’s Court matters may intersect with Family Law proceedings, and Coulter Legal possess experienced lawyers who are capable of providing guidance and representation. Find out more

Following separation, the division of the property of a marriage, de facto or same sex relationship is a  concern to both parties.  You and your former partner may be able to reach agreement about the division of property between you without the assistance of lawyers.  In most cases, however, it will be necessary for the agreement that is reached to be legally documented by way of Consent Order which is an order made by a court or a Financial Agreement.

If you and your former partner are unable to reach agreement as to the division of the property of your relationship, the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court have the power to make Orders regarding property division.  It is a common misconception that assets will be divided 50/50 between parties. The Court is required to consider a range of factors in deciding the terms of a property division, including the financial and non-financial contributions of each party before, during and after the relationship.  The Court will also consider future needs of both parties such as income earning capacity and care of any child of the relationship.

In any property settlement it is important to consider superannuation entitlements, as such entitlements form part of the property pool that is available for division between the parties through what is referred to as a “superannuation split”. Find out more

Following separation, you or your former spouse may seek a payment of spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance is separate to the requirement to pay Child Support. The Court has the power to make orders with respect to spousal maintenance. There are three types of spousal maintenance, being urgent spousal maintenance, interim spousal maintenance, and lump sum spousal maintenance.

Before making an order for spousal maintenance, the court will consider whether the person applying for spousal maintenance has a genuine need for maintenance, whether they are unable to meet that need themselves without reliance on an income tested pension, and whether their former spouse has the capacity to pay them maintenance, after meeting all of their own reasonable living expenses. Find out more

Our family law team specialises in assisting individuals to obtain immediate protection by obtaining a Family Violence Intervention Order, for family violence committed by a family member. Find out more

Often once lawyers are engaged in a family law matter, resolving parenting matters and the division of the property of your relationship amicably may seems difficult. However, alternative dispute resolution and mediation may assist the parties to reach agreement and avoid costly and lengthy litigation. Find out more

Many consequences arise and impact on an outcome in a family law property settlement and/or family law property proceeding if a person to a marriage or de facto relationship is declared bankrupt. Find out more

Family law matters concerning international elements are becoming increasingly common.  Our lawyers at Coulter Legal are able to provide expert and strategic advice to client’s about their rights in Australia and overseas. Find out more

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