The family law team at Watkins Tapsell offer complete family law services to their clients, including advising in relation to:
- Separation and property settlements for married couples and de facto relationships;
- Asset Protection and Binding Financial Agreements (also known as prenuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements);
- Parenting arrangements for children’s matters such as equal shared parenting and relocation issues;
- Child Support ; and
Our family law team regularly appears in both the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia representing clients in property settlements and resolving parenting disputes.
The family law team is headed by our Partner, Matthew Coates, who is supported by solicitors Kristy Durrant, Melissa Billett and Grant Malfitano.
Watkins Tapsell has been practising Family Law for over 30 years. Matthew has been a partner since 1984 and is well known for his involvement in a wide range of Family Law matters, acting for both husbands and wives, in all aspects of Family Law. Matthew also has accounting qualifications to support his role as your legal adviser in complex family law property settlements. As a parent, Matthew is very aware of the pressures and worries placed upon parents, and brings his own extensive life experiences to the role of advising his clients about the highly emotional issues involved in Family Court proceedings.
Kristy Durrant is an experienced lawyer who specialises in parenting matters. Prior to joining Watkins Tapsell, Kristy worked as a solicitor in the area of child protection and is sensitive to the needs of clients and children involved in a relationship breakdown.
Our Family Law team has a close relationship with Interrelate, a counselling and mediation body that has special skills in mediating disputes between spouses over issues such as property and children. We also have associations with many counsellors, mediators and other services throughout the Sutherland Shire, St George and Wollongong districts.
We understand the stress placed on families when relationships breakdown and we deal with our clients sensitively. Our clients can be assured that the details of their family law matters will be dealt with confidentially.. Our aim is to offer practical advice and cost effective solutions to all our clients.
In circumstances where negotiations with your partner have failed and litigation is required, we offer a skilled team of lawyers and support staff who are able to guide you through the Court processes.
Watkins Tapsell regularly holds seminars and workshops on Family Law issues in the Sutherland Shire and surrounding areas. To be kept informed of when the next event is taking place, or for further information on how we can assist you, please contact a member of our family law team.
Direct Line: 9545 7204