Family lawyers Sunshine Coast

SUNSHINE COAST's leading Family Lawyers

Family law and litigation cover a broad range of legal issues, not just divorceIt’s not easy to make decisions at such a time—especially where financial pressures are strained and also where children are involved, but help is available.


Talking to a family lawyer does not necessarily mean you will have to go to court.  Our strong focus is to try and settle matters for our clients out of court, where possible with mediation.  This helps to keep your costs low and keep your emotional stress to a minimum.


In most cases though, it’s better for all parties involved—especially children—if you are able to talk to your former partner about the best care arrangements for your children.  Positive and child-focused discussions make better arrangements and pave the way for better communication in the long term.


At SJP Law, we understand that this is not always possible in the early stages of separation. You may be feeling intimidated and unable to discuss arrangements fairly with your former partner or you may be worried for your safety.

SJP Law can help you through that early difficult period of adjustment and through the negotiations as well as any court proceedings.


From appropriate legal advice that you can understand—without jargon and unexplained legalese—to helping to get you on the right track, you’ll find our experienced family lawyers and staff are extremely helpful and capable.


Our director, Mark Shera is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Along with the additional study in family law he needed to complete this accreditation in 1996, he is also committed to maintaining it through ongoing professional education.

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Family law and litigation can be emotionally draining on all parties involved. Our Sunshine Coast family lawyers endeavour to make the process as painless as possible.
Call (07) 5443 6500 our Maroochydore law firm to book a consultation with a family lawyer you can trust.

Importance Of A Family Lawyer In the Sunshine Coast

It is important to engage a family lawyer that is experienced and more importantly is a Family Law Accredited Specialist.


We can help you with the following frequently asked questions about family law:

  • What am I entitled to if I separate?
  • I want to separate but I don’t know what my options are?
  • I am scared of what my partner will do if I separate from them, what do I do?
  • What if I don’t know what our assets are?
  • How will this impact my children?
  • Who will stay in the house?
  • When can I get divorced?
  • How will I pay the bills?
  • What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
  • Can we agree on something without going to Court?

By doing this you will ensure that you receive the best possible legal advice by a solicitor who has practiced in family law and achieved a specialist accreditation in that area dealing with every imaginable issue that may arise in family law

Our family lawyer was the first family law accredited specialist on the Sunshine Coast and continues to develop his skills by undertaking professional development seminars thereby ensuring that all of our clients receive the best possible information. 


SJP Law provides a service that is based on ensuring that our clients are cared for in a respectful and compassionate way.  Most people who are separating are already struggling financially and emotionally. SJP Law and their experienced family lawyers and staff members are able to assist in supporting all clients through this process.


SJP Law has a firm belief that it is always better for parties to resolve their differences without the necessity of attending at Court.


When a party goes through the Court process it can be extremely damaging both financially and emotionally and will cause unnecessary stress and trauma.  This impacts across the whole family.  


It is for this reason that we ensure that we engage all of the available dispute resolution processes such as mediation, round table conferencing, and a general conciliatory approach to ensure that no further emotional stress is placed on our clients.

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Often in the family law process people confuse property settlement and divorce.  The divorce process is something that occurs after you have been separated from your partner for a period of over 12 months.  All parties are able to start the process of a property settlement upon their separation however they are not able to make any application to the Court for a Divorce Order until they have been separated for 12 months.


Here at SJP Law our family lawyer can assist you to work through not only your property settlement but also your divorce process and will ensure that you are provided with all of the appropriate information to assist you with a smooth transition.

Property Settlement

At SJP Law our family law accredited specialist is able to assist parties in resolving their property disputes by using a variety of different tools designed to help resolve any dispute between the parties and to help work through a sensible and interest based resolution.  By consulting with our family lawyer on the Sunshine Coast we can assist you in taking the stress out of navigating a complicated and difficult process.  We can provide you with assistance in:

  • Consent Orders filed in the Court
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Positive communication to resolve any values of the assets in dispute
  • Court applications

As one of the longer standing family lawyers in Maroochydore our accredited family law specialist understands that this process can be very stressful for both parties.  We will work through all of your options and help you understand the how’s and why’s of the process.  In some circumstances parties are not familiar with the financial affairs of the family and for that reason it is important to have an experienced family lawyer who can help you to interpret all of this material.

Working Together

Often in family law separation the biggest concern for the parties is how their children will cope.  Being separated parents can be very hard work and both the children and the parents require support to help them through this difficult time.


At SJP Law we can help guide parties through this difficult process by assisting them to navigate through the separation process with as little impact on the children as possible. 


At SJP Law we promote the best interests of the children and the families by ensuring that we work towards the long term outcome of helping parents provide a secure and stable relationship for their children to ensure their development both long and short term is ongoing and is not impacted by any potential conflict of the parents.


Often parents can sort out their differences during the separation process however for many conflict grows around the time of separating and continues long after the divorce. This is very stressful for parents and children.  Here at SJP Law we work with our clients to achieve a positive and relationship moving forward.


At SJP Law we can help parties to negotiate Parenting Orders that will work between the parties and the children to achieve the best possible result for a well-balanced family moving forward.