Family Law

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Are you experiencing the hardships involved in a relationship breakup?

Do you need expert legal advice regarding parenting issues or how your property gets divided?

A marriage or relationship breakdown is considered to be one of the most stressful situations that you may encounter in your lifetime.

A lawyer can guide you through this difficult time through providing expert legal advice.

Linda Emery has over 30 years experience and can assist you during this challenging time in your life.

Your family was established by strong ties and deep feelings. It’s only natural, then, that family law proceedings can be emotional. If you feel at a loss as to how you should proceed, call our family lawyer in Gosford.

Linda Emery, head attorney at Linda Emery & Associates Pty Ltd, offers decades of family law experience. But she does more than just defend your case. By informing you of your rights under the law, Linda Emery helps you make deliberate decisions on your own behalf. As you’re guided through the complexities of family law, you can expect the following:

  • Legal and social changes following a separation, divorce or child custody agreement
  • Legal proceedings, including official documentation and court appearances
  • Resources available to you, including those offered by your community, community agencies, family law courts and New South Wales’ state government

Whether you’re putting together a pre-marriage agreement or facing a divorce, contact Linda Emery, your family lawyer in Gosford. To learn more about your options and how our legal team can help, search the options shown below.


A Conciliation Conference provides an opportunity for parties to make a genuine effort to settle their dispute. The next option is to file an application through the court system.

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Binding Financial Agreements

To be enforceable this agreement must comply with precise rules and thus requires independent legal advice for both parties.

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Defacto Relationship Law

The law will recognise your relationship if you and your partner – live together in a de facto relationship as partners on a domestic basis for a qualifying period or have a close personal relationship which is between two adult persons, whether or not related by family, where one or other provides domestic support and personal care, which must not be for fee or reward.

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Children and Custody Issues

A parenting plan is a written agreement that sets out parenting arrangements for children. It is not legally enforceable, as opposed to a parenting order, which is made by the Court. A parenting plan is worked out and agreed upon jointly and can avoid you and your former partner  from going to court.

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Property Settlement

Parties to a case have a duty to make timely, full and frank disclosure of all information relevant to the issues in dispute. Parties should promptly exchange copies of documents in their possession or control relevant to an issue in the dispute before and during a case.

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Legal Terminology

Applicant – The person who files for a divorce
Respondent – The party in the marriage that has not applied for a divorce
Affidavit – A statement that the information in the divorce application is correct
Interim Custody Order – One party is given full custody of the children until the full court hearing
Statement of Financial Circumstances – Set out the details of the parties’ finances
Application for Divorce – The personal details of both parties are recorded with details of the marriage

For legal advice regarding any of the above information please contact our friendly and expert team at Linda Emery and Associates on (02) 4323 4766 today!