Family law is a complex area, and not all family lawyers have the same skills and experience. When you need help with your family law matter, you naturally want to turn to a family law specialist who can provide you with the best outcome for your case.
But did you know that the term “specialist” carries a particular meaning in the practise of law?
What is a Family Law Specialist?
A practising solicitor who has proven their knowledge and expertise in an area of law can earn the title of Accredited Specialist. To earn the Specialist Accreditation a solicitor must:
- Practise full-time for at least five years
- Work primarily in family law for at least three years
Only solicitors who meet those requirements are then eligible to the Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Program. There are ten areas of specialist accreditation, including Family Law.
The Specialist Accreditation Program is an advanced study and assessment program for solicitors to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of complex family law matters. Only after passing this rigorous evaluation process can a family law solicitor be recognized as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.
When Do You Need a Family Law Specialist?
There are no specific family law matters that require an Accredited Specialist. However, there are matters where a family law specialist may be able to provide better advice and a better outcome.
Matters that can benefit from an accredited family law specialist include:
- Complex property settlements where there are multiple real properties, trusts, or companies;
- Parenting matters with complexities such as domestic violence, drugs, mental health, or child protection issues;
- Spousal maintenance applications;
- International relocation of children.
Family Law Specialists at Family Law Group Solicitors
Our legal practitioner director Hayley Cunningham is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, having passed the QLS Accredited Specialist program in 2017.
Hayley was admitted to practice in 2003 and has practiced exclusively in family law since 2006. She has extensive experience in complex parenting and property settlements.
Hayley has trained and practiced in alternative dispute resolution methods including collaborative practice to settle matters without court intervention. She is also a practicing mediator and has been appointed by the Court as an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL).
Book a Consultation
If you need the help of a family law specialist get in touch with us today to book an initial consultation. You can call our office on (07) 5499 2900 during our office hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Or fill out our contact form and one of our helpful staff will be in touch to assist you.