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10 Albion Road, Albion QLD 4010

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As a boutique law firm Brisbane Family Law Centre can offer you unique solutions in all areas of Family and Relationship Law.

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Our Team Profiles

Charles Letts
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Charles Letts

Position

Family Lawyer

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Charles Letts was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in January 2014. Charles first joined the BFLC team in June 2013 to complete his Practical Legal Training.  We were impressed by Charles’ attention to detail and legal knowledge, and as such he joined the team on a permanent basis as Graduate Lawyer prior to his admission.

Charles completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland & then went on to complete his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law Qld.

 

Sam Gray
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Sam Gray

Position

Family Lawyer

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Sam Gray joined the BFLC team on a full-time basis in June 2012 as a Graduate Lawyer. In January 2013 he was Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Sam had previously obtained a work experience placement at BFLC in 2011, then in March 2012 went on to join the team as a Law Clerk.

"It’s a sad reality that not every family stays together forever. In a time where emotions are tense, BFLC is able to provide a legal service like no other.

Being fresh out of university, it is a privilege to work in such a modern and unique office. Under the guidance of the solicitors here at BFLC I am given the opportunity to learn all that is involved in a family law matter.

In the time I have been with BFLC I have observed how exhausting the litigation process can be for everyone involved. I have also observed the benefits that families can experience by resolving their matter without going to court. As my experience continues to grow I am becoming more aware that the innovative practices encouraged by BFLC are (in most circumstances) the better option for clients."

Clarissa Rayward
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Clarissa Rayward

Position

Director

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Clarissa Rayward heads up Brisbane Family Law Centre and is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Clarissa has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since her admission to the profession in 2003.

Clarissa brings to the firm a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law matters. Clarissa offers a unique approach to family law matters with a focus on resolving disputes between separating couples through mediation, collaboration and other non-court based methods. Clarissa also has extensive experience in appearing in both the Federal Magistrates Court and Family Court in both childrens and property proceedings. Clarissa is also an Independent Children's Lawyer, representing children in complex Family Law Matters before the Courts.

Clarissa is currently a Board member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland as well as being a Board member of Queensland Collaborative Law. Clarissa is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Articles

HOW NOT TO BE DIVORCED AND HOMELESS

HOW NOT TO BE DIVORCED AND HOMELESS

FAMILY LAW APPLICATIONS

FAMILY LAW APPLICATIONS

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD …. ONTO YOUR ASSETS!

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Testimonials

Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Brisbane Family Law Centre.

EM ,
"I want you to know just how much I appreciate all you have done for me. Firstly, you listened to me and gave me hope. Then came the action and now the hoped-for result is happening. Thankyou."
LL ,
"I couldn't have asked for a better legal team and I know that you will always be there to support me 100% every time. Thanks again to your entire team for your professional and caring attitude."
AS ,
"Thankyou so much for all of your help with my property settlement. Your relaxed manner made the whole experience hearable and non-threatening yet you were very strong and determined when you needed to be. I was very happy both with your conduct of my file, and with the result."
D B ,
"Clarissa was personally recommended to me by two completely unrelated people.....what I found most helpful was her honesty.....I didn't want waffle or "buttering up". I needed to know my best options and a course of action that would negotiate a speedy and equitable solution. I also liked the fact that Clarissa was pro-mediation. Needless paperwork was kept to a minimum - correspondence was concise so I didn't feel I was paying for useless rhetoric."
LN & SE ,
"We feel very fortunate to have met with Clarissa. Initially we met with another firm and were told we probably had no legal leg to stand on. However, after consultation with Clarissa and explaining the legal path we wanted to travel, she found a way for us to continue. We have found her to be extremely professional and yet approachable and easy to communicate with. The court process can be frightening, but after talking it through with Clarissa you can feel relieved and get on with the important stuff. After two years working with her, we reached our ultimate goal and are very happy we took that second opinion."
A H ,
"I met Clarissa Rayward after separating from my former husband. I felt comfortable with her immediately and was reassured by her friendly, down-to-earth and compassionate manner. Clarissa guided me through a traumatic experience using considered and strategic advice, which I believe had been carefully tailored to suit my personality and my situation, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone seeking a professional, highly qualified and understanding Family Lawyer."
D K ,
"Having a very urgent and complex family law matter, Ms Rayward was responsive and extremely professional in dealing with my complicated case. A superb solicitor with the trust and the personality that you would expect and deserve in a lawyer".

Frequently Asked Questions

We already have an agreement, we don't need to see lawyers, do we?

Any agreement you reach with your partner should be formalised. If an agreement is not made formal it may not be able to be enforced at a later stage and therefore may be useless.

There are different types of agreements that can be drafted and you should seek Legal Advice to ensure that you have the correct agreement prepared for your circumstances

When can I get divorced?

You cannot apply for a divorce until you have been separated for at least 12 months. However, you can still apply for a property settlement or formalise arrangements for children immediately after you have separated.

I have just separated ... what now ?

We often see clients shortly after their relationships have ended. Most clients are confused and unsure what steps they should take to protect their interests.

Most importantly, stay calm. It is important that you do not make hasty decisions.

While you should obtain legal advice at an early stage it is just as important that you obtain assistance with the emotional aspects of separation.

Separation can be extremely difficult and you may experience intense emotions. Counseling can be useful to clarify your thoughts and develop strategies to deal with your changed circumstances.

My children have been taken away, what do I do?

You should immediately obtain legal advice if your children have been removed from your home. It may be necessary to apply for a recovery order– this means that the police may be ordered to collect the children and return them to your care.

Are there any time frames I should be aware of?

Yes, with property settlement matters there are time frames that can affect your ability to apply to the Court for a property adjustment order.

For married couples, you have 12 months after the date of your divorce to apply for a property adjustment order.

Defacto couples generally have a period of 2 years from the date of separation to make application to the Court for a property adjustment order.

We have been living together, are we in a Defacto Relationship?

In Queensland, up until 1 March 2009, as a general rule you needed to have been living together in a relationship of trust and intimacy for atleast 2 years before a Court will deem your relationship a Defacto Relationship for the purposes of the Property Law Act (Qld).

From 1 March 2009 the law for Defacto Couples changed significantly and now it is possible that you may be living in a defacto relationship if-

1. The Total period of the relationship is at least 2 years (which can be made up of multiple periods); or

2. There is a child of the relationship; or

3. There has been substantial contribution made by one of the parties and a failure to make an order/ declaration would be unjust

If you are unsure whether your relationship would be deemed a 'defacto relationship' you should seek specific advice from a Solicitor.

What about the children?

Separation of parents can be a very distressing experience for children. Most children will be vulnerable and younger children may express fear of abandonment and separation anxiety.

Separation should not mean the end of a relationship with your children for you or your former partner. The family will continue but in a different form and it is likely that your children will have two homes.

The most important thing to remember is that children have a right to know and be cared for by both parents, as long as it is in their best interests.

It is in very rare cases that children will not spend time with a parent. You should try and agree with your partner from an early stage on arrangements for your children that provide them with security and routine.

I want to leave our home, what can I take?

After separation it is common for one party to move out of the home. This can be a difficult and traumatic decision and often the person leaving the home will be unsure as to what they can and cannot take with them.

We recommend that you take any personal paperwork with you if you leave. It would also be advisable to take any smaller items of property, for example clothing and jewelry. There may also be home contents that have particular personal significance to you.

You should try and reach an agreement with your partner about the division of home contents. This will save significant expense to both of you. If there are particular items that cannot be agreed upon it may be best to leave them in the home and obtain legal advice. Do not destroy or damage any items of property.

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family law, collaborative law, divorce, property settlements, parenting arrangements, financial advice, counselling, consent orders, binding financial agreements, pre nuptial agreements

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Monday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Tuesday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Wednesday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Thursday 08:30am to 05:00pm
Friday 08:30am to 05:00pm

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