We specialise in all things family law

Separation and divorce
Financial and property settlements
Mediation
Arrangements for children
DIY Divorce
Arbitration
E-Consulting

My name is Nardine, and I am Collier Family Law’s founder and Lawyer.

I not only have over 25+ years of Family Law experience and knowledge, but can truly empathise with the emotional and financial stress you are under – having been through two separations myself.

My team’s mindset is to get your case done quickly and affordably as possible – trying our best to keep your issue out of costly court proceedings. We are here to save you time, money and sanity.

Schedule your FREE 15 minute, no obligation chat so we can discuss your family law matter, and give you some guidance on what is involved and expected costs.

Our Specialities

ARRANGEMENTS
FOR CHILDREN

Arrangements for Children: We know you only want what’s best for your children, and so do we. We will make sure we get the best arrangements possible for your children, so that you can focus on moving to the next chapter of your life.


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SEPARATION
& DIVORCE

Separation & Divorce: Recently separated and unsure of what happens next? Looking to have your divorce arranged so you can move forward with your life? Perhaps you just need some guidance on what to do before you make any decisions? We can help.


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DIY DIVORCE

DIY Divorce: Are you looking to represent yourself to save money, but need a little guidance? Our affordable ‘Lawyer Assisted’ program offers you the help you need to effectively represent yourself (and we can do this from anywhere in Australia).


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FINANCIAL AND
PROPERTY SETTLEMENTS

Division of assets:  If you’ve had a relationship breakdown or just need to organise a division of finances or assets, we can assist. We handle Property Settlements, Financial Settlements (including Superannuation splits) and Consent Orders.


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MEDIATION

Mediation: Mediation offers a way which you and the other person in the dispute, can talk to each other in a structured environment, with a trained mediator helping you to discuss your issues. Mediation can help keep your matter out of court, saving you time and costs.


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ARBITRATION

Arbitration: Arbitration is a voluntary process whereby the parties agree that the chosen Arbitrator will decide their property case (or part of it) instead of going to court, and give them a written Judgement (an “award”). The parties agree on the process, the timetable and what information is to be provided. 


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E-Consulting

E-Consulting: You can now receive legal advice and assistance from your own home, anytime.

Email us your query and we will get back in touch with you within 24 hours with our estimate on fees to answer your query.


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Advice

Advice: We have several blogs and videos discussing many different topics. Should you need more advice, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team..


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Meet US

Meet Our Team: Introducing our team who will help you with your needs during this stressful time.


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5 TYPES OF SEPARATION

Need help in the post-separation world?

I’ve written this very special book with lots of tips and hints to help you, and it’s all yours for free. The book covers:

  • The nine steps of negotiating a property settlement
  • The law of property division
  • How assets are divided
  • And lots of tips and hints to prepare you before you see a lawyer.

Nardine and the team at Collier Family Law were a dream to work with. They assisted me through quite a trying time with absolute professionalism and I highly recommend their services.

Adam - Alice Springs

Highly recommend Collier Family Law as value for money. Their willingness to advise & communicate on important issues, on occasion outside of normal hours, was greatly appreciated as was their personal touch. Thank You to all those involved for both my Family and recent Conveyancing work undertaken.

Chris - Cairns

I’ve been using Collier Family Law for almost 3 years now and wouldn’t go anywhere else. They are easy to deal with and very affordable. Against an extremely difficult other side when doing my Property Settlement Nardine kept working hard to get me the result I wanted. Thank you and I will be using Collier Family Law when needed in the future.

Joe - Cairns

Our Blogs and Videos

Here are some helpful blogs and videos where we answer the most common but tricky questions about family law.

Financial agreements – do they work?

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Why would you get a Financial agreement?                           

You’ve had a bad break up with your ex but life does go on – thankfully!  – and you’ve met the person of your dreams. You are worried that even though this feels like forever, if this relationship does end, what is going to happen to your hard earned property?

This could equally apply to someone who is never had a financial separation but has found themselves in a good financial position, entering into or being in a long-term relationship and wondering how it might all be divided if they were to separate.

There is really only one way to have a legal agreement in place that sets out how to deal with property in the event of a separation. It’s called a financial agreement; some still refer to it as a “pre nup”.

What is a financial agreement?

A financial agreement is a document that must be in writing and signed by both parties. It can be entered into at any stage of a relationship, even before a defacto relationship starts; and covers married, defacto couples and/or same sex couples. Both parties must have their own lawyer, who must sign a statement saying that they gave their client the required legal advice.

The Family Law Act says that if a financial agreement exists  – validly – then that sets out how property is to be divided and parties cannot come to the court for a decision.

When these financial agreements first became possible, they were heralded as THE water tight way to ensure a binding agreement. However, over the years there have been a multitude of cases in the court where these agreements have been overturned. This is because the agreement, in order to be binding, has very strict requirements as to content and form and if those requirements are not met, the agreement can be set aside. These agreements can also be set aside in other circumstances such as where there has been fraud; or one of the parties has acted in an “unconscionable” way. A good example of this is the well known and quite recent case involving a Russian bride who (the court found) felt forced to enter into the financial agreement just weeks before her wedding.  The agreement was set aside.

Another reason agreements are set aside is if since the making of the agreement, a material change in circumstances has occurred (being circumstances relating to the care, welfare and development of a child of the marriage or relationship); and, as a result of the change, the child or, the person who cares for the child will suffer hardship if the court does not set the agreement aside. There are a number of other grounds as well, where an agreement can be set aside.

But let’s say the agreement is watertight, what it does is dictate how property will be divided between you in the event of your separation. It takes away your right to go to the court for a Judge to decide what is a fair division of property. That is fine so long as the agreement is a good outcome to you at the time of separation. If the agreement is NOT favourable to you, you may be stuck with the outcome as set out in the agreement.

The challenge for Lawyers, in drafting these agreements before separation is what trying to “crystal ball gaze” as to what the future might hold for your client. The challenge is trying to cover all scenarios for a client, because who knows what might happen during the relationship and what your situation could be in the future; and particularly challenging if there is an intention to have children together. Over the years of a relationship partners make all sorts of contributions towards property, financial and non-financial, which would be taken into account by a court. Partners may also have different needs financially into the future, which a court also factors into any division of property; whereas these two considerations (contributions and future needs) may not be adequately reflected in the financial agreement you agreed to years earlier.

So is it right for you?

A financial agreement might be a good option. At the very least it does provide certainty and ideally reduces the stress of trying to sort out a division of property down the track.  Properly drafted, a financial agreement can give you the outcome you both agree is best for you. It is certainly a big decision and you should only get advice from a Lawyer who specialises in Family Law.

FAMILY TIES: How to have a happy family – even after separation!

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Even though the family unit is no longer, it is still possible to have a happy ‘family’ after separation (it might even be a happier one!). The key to a happy family, after separation- is good CO-PARENTING. I also think these tips apply to any family because as any parent/carer reading this article knows, it’s hard enough to parent at times, separated or not.

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