Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6230 1999

260 Crawford Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6299 3999

Family Law

BDN has provided family law services to Canberra and the surrounding regions for many generations.

Our practitioners can assist in all areas of family law including:

  • Divorce and separation;
  • Child support;
  • Child custody;
  • Financial and property disputes;
  • Adoptions;
  • Spousal maintenance; and
  • De facto relationships.

We will tailor our services to suit your needs and provide professional and sensible advice to minimise stress and financial risk.


Do all family law matters need to go to court?

The majority of family law matters are resolved without going to court. Often, the only involvement of the Court is to provide formality to an agreement.

I am in a de facto relationship, what are my rights?

You are considered to be in a de facto relationship with anther person if you are not married, are not related by family and you are living together on a genuine domestic basis, including same sex relationships.

If you’re in a de facto relationship your rights and responsibilities are similar to those of a married couple, particularly if you and your partner have children.

Do I need a lawyer?

A lawyer is not strictly necessary, however this depends on your circumstances. Legal advice and involvement is advisable where:

  • You are unsure of your rights;
  • Children are involved;
  • You do not feel like you can cope without assistance; or
  • Your partner has hired a lawyer.

What is a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA)?

A BFA is essentially a contract/agreement about how property and assets will be distributed in the event a relationship breaks down. The agreement is generally made well before any problems in a relationship occur. It does not need to be ‘fair’ and can favour one party over another. Independent legal advice from a solicitor must be sought prior to a party entering into a BFA.

If a matter does not involve children, parties can avoid the need to apply for court orders if a BFA is entered into.

Baker Deane & Nutt