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If you are involved in a family law dispute, you need experienced family lawyers in Canberra to ensure your rights — and those of your children — are protected.

We will help you understand your rights, and assist you through the often complicated legal processes associated with family breakdowns.

We are here to help you find the best resolution to your difficult situation, as simply and quickly as possible. Book a free 30 minute consultation below.

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Family Lawyers in Canberra

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Canberra Family Law Services

Separation &

If you have recently separated, it can be challenging trying to sort out new plans moving forward…

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Property & Financial

The breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship raises questions about how to divide your property and finances so you can each move on…

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Family law parenting matters cover issues regarding the arrangements for children after a marriage or de facto partnership breaks down…

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The ACT has new legislation to protect people from family violence. Referred to as a “Domestic Violence Order” and a …

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Wills & Powers
 of Attorney

In the ACT, powers of attorney and wills are legal instruments that individuals can utilise to plan and protect their interests.

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Mediation &
 Going to Court

Dealing with family law issues can be overwhelming, and court proceedings can add extra cost, delay, and complexities to a matter.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Alex Garnock
Alex Garnock
Geoff is a very experienced Family Lawyer with more than 40 year's experience in mastering the Family Law Act 1975. He will give sound and frank advice, saving you time and worry. His assistant Trudy also has a wealth of knowledge.
Excellent service - Geoff and his team go above and beyond! 🏆
Catherine Tyler
Catherine Tyler
I can't recommend Geoff and the team highly enough! I engaged Mazengarb family lawyers in 2018 after my case had been badly mismanaged by another firm. I was highly impressed with how knowledgeable Geoff was and the efficient and cost effective way my case was handled. The team were in regular contact with me through out my case and were able to cut through the legal jargon and communicate with me clearly and effectively. My property matter was complicated by a very murky asset pool but in spite of this Geoff was able to negotiate an excellent financial outcome for me. I'm thrilled with the service, not just from Geoff but also from all members of the team including my lawyer Emma who was absolutely excellent. I would highly recommend Mazengarb Family Lawyers to anyone who is experiencing a property or family law dispute.
Rachael Hunter
Rachael Hunter
Geoff is so experienced and knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend the firm

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect From My First Consultation?

All new clients are entitled to a free 30-minute consultation.

In your initial appointment, we want to understand your circumstances and what is important for you to achieve both in the short term and the long term. Our solicitors will provide you with guidance and an overview of the relevant laws and how they might apply to your matter.

During the first appointment, our solicitors will provide you with options that can be taken to resolve your matter. Such options may include lawyer based negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice or litigation.

In our first client appointments, we strive to give you direction and options to you so that you leave your first appointment with a sense of clarity and the next step forward and estimated costs.

How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Matter?

Time frames can vary greatly depending on the complexity and nature of your matter, and also the process through which you choose to resolve it.

Most dispute resolution processes assist in the resolution of a matter faster than those in the litigation process. Each matter is different and depends on a number of variables that are outside of your control and the control of your solicitor.

Going to court is generally a very lengthy process and can take years for a matter to be resolved. After filing an initiating application, it can take 3-4 months to get a first return date. You may appear before the Court on a number of occasions before getting a Final Hearing which, based on the Canberra Registry, can be up to a 2 year wait. There may be a further delay in receiving a decision from the Judge after a Final Hearing.

How Much Does A Canberra Family Lawyer Cost?

During your first appointment, we will provide you with an estimate of our fees for our different services. We endeavour to keep you up to date with our estimate of costs during the course of your matter. We will always be upfront and open about our fees and ensure that you understand the costs involved. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our costs further.

When Can I Get A Divorce?

You must be separated from your partner for a period of 12 months before you can apply for a divorce. You can be classified as separated even if you live under the same roof. Usually a verbal acknowledgement of separation between you and your partner is sufficient.