Lawyers and Legal Costs

I would be a rich man if I had a dollar for every person who has said to me… “We want to settle this without lawyers”. I have been a family lawyer for nearly 40 years. In approximately half the cases I have dealt with in that time we were able to negotiate a settlement […]


5 Family Law Terms People Commonly Misuse

1. Guardianship Prior to 2006 parents were awarded either “sole guardianship” or “joint guardianship” of their children. The law changed in 2006 and this term was abolished and became “parental responsibility”. Both terms relate to decisions about a child that are major long term issues – such as education, religious and cultural upbringing, elective surgery […]


What you need to know when attending Court for a Family Law matter

The Basics Be prepared. If it is your first time appearing in court it may be helpful to attend a hearing beforehand so that you have an understanding of the process. Arrive early! Give yourself time to find the courtroom and discuss any outstanding matters with your lawyer before your matter is called on Always […]


Catherine Leach Speaks with 7 News

Becoming a Legal Couple Australian laws move hard and fast when identifying two people as a legal couple. It’s imperative you understand where you stand, knowing the ins and outs of your partners past and current situation to ensure your financial freedom is secure. Catherine Leach speaks more on the topic to 7 News, and […]


Does your Family Lawyer Understand You?

After working in Family Law for over 20 years I have come across many different types of relationships. My biggest challenge is to make sure I understand what has taken place and not to place “labels” on things. Many years ago I had a client who had just separated. The children were living in the […]

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