Divorce represents more than a legal dissolution of a marriage or a de facto relationship. It’s an emotional whirlwind, an adjustment of life’s plan.

At O’Sullivan Legal, we understand the profound impact this transition causes you and your family. Our firm specialises in a range of family law matters to know the best approach to your divorce case. Beyond offering expert legal counsel, we provide a supportive environment, acknowledging the emotional and psychological aspects of your divorce journey. Our journey in guiding clients through the complexities of legal separation has equipped us with unparalleled insights and strategies tailored for each unique case.

What is Divorce?

Divorce marks the formal ending of a marriage. According to the Family Law Act (1975), the Australian Government established the principle of a no-fault divorce. This means that a court does not consider why the marriage ended. Instead, the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship, demonstrated by 12 months of separation.
At O’Sullivan Legal, we are dedicated to guiding our clients through the complexities of divorce, ensuring that their rights are protected and the process is handled with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism.

Our Areas of Specialisation

Child Support & Parenting Arrangements

At O’Sullivan Legal, we understand the added emotional strain when children are involved. We’re here to cut through the red tape, helping you navigate the nuanced intricacies of your matter. You can rely on our lawyers to advocate for arrangements that best support the children’s interests while respecting parental roles.

Domestic Violence and Protective Orders

Understanding the sensitive and urgent nature of domestic and family violence cases, we offer dedicated legal support to those in need of protection. Our family law team is well-versed in navigating the complexities of domestic violence law, providing guidance and advocacy for obtaining protective orders and ensuring safety for victims and their families. We approach each case with compassion and confidentiality, committed to delivering swift and effective legal solutions that prioritise the safety and well-being of our clients and their loved ones.

Property Settlement & Spousal Maintenance

Navigating property settlements can be an intricate process, but our divorce lawyers excel in clarifying your legal rights and ensuring a just and equitable division with your partner. If you are deemed entitled, our family lawyers can assist in lodging a claim for spousal maintenance through either the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. By doing so, we can assure you and your ex-spouse will be given appropriate financial support arrangements post-divorce.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

At our family law firm, we offer mediation and alternative dispute resolution services, fostering mutual agreement and understanding for all family law issues. Our expertise lies in facilitating successful resolutions through mediation, sidestepping the need for court involvement, which can often be more drawn-out and costly. Offering alternatives to court, fostering mutual agreement and understanding.

How it Works?

Initial Consultation

At O’Sullivan Legal, our journey together begins with a comprehensive initial consultation. During this meeting, we delve deeply into understanding your unique circumstances. Our skilled attorneys will assess your legal rights and explain the possible outcomes, ensuring you have a clear grasp of the road ahead. This session is not just about the legalities but also about building a rapport and understanding your personal and emotional needs during this challenging time.

Information Gathering

The next phase involves meticulous information gathering. This step is crucial as it lays the foundation for your case. Our team works closely with you to collect all necessary documentation, evidence, and any relevant information. This may include financial records, communication records, and other pertinent documents that can strengthen your position. We handle this phase with utmost confidentiality and sensitivity, recognising the personal nature of the information involved.

Strategy Development

With all the information at hand, we then move on to crafting a tailored legal strategy. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Our strategies are customised to align with your specific goals and legal entitlements. Our experienced team considers every aspect of your case, including the potential for negotiation, the strengths and weaknesses of the case, and long-term implications, ensuring the approach we take is the one best suited to your unique situation.

Negotiation and Mediation

O’Sullivan Legal prioritises reaching amicable resolutions wherever possible. In this phase, our focus is on negotiation and mediation. Our aim is to resolve disputes outside of court, reducing stress and potential costs for you. Our attorneys are adept at navigating these negotiations, always with an eye towards safeguarding your best interests and rights while seeking collaborative solutions that can satisfy all parties involved.

Court Proceedings

Should your case require judicial intervention, our team is prepared to offer dynamic and robust representation in court. We understand that court proceedings can be daunting, so we ensure you are supported and informed throughout the process. Our attorneys are skilled litigators who are committed to assertively advocating on your behalf, making sure your voice is heard and your rights are vigorously defended in the courtroom.

Final Stages

In the final stage, we meticulously ensure that all legal and procedural matters are thoroughly and conclusively addressed. This includes finalising any agreements or court orders, ensuring all legal documents are accurately prepared and filed, and providing guidance on implementing and complying with the terms of the settlement or court order.

Why Choose Us?

Decades of Experience

O’Sullivan Legal boasts a storied legacy of legal excellence, with decades of experience specifically in our divorce law services. Our seasoned lawyers have a deep understanding of the intricate and ever-evolving legal landscape, ensuring that your case is handled with unmatched finesse and precision. We bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and a track record of success, offering you the reassurance that your case is in the hands of seasoned professionals who have navigated the complexities of numerous divorce proceedings with skill and expertise.

Individualised Attention

We firmly believe that each divorce case is as unique as the individuals involved. Recognising this, our approach is highly personalised. We don’t just provide legal advice; we tailor our strategies to suit the specific circumstances and needs of each client. Our team takes the time to listen to your story, understand your objectives, and address your concerns. This bespoke approach ensures that our strategies are not only legally sound but also align closely with your personal goals and the nuances of your situation, offering a more empathetic and effective legal service.

Full-Spectrum Legal Services

Our firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services that encompass every aspect of divorce law. From the very beginning, we provide detailed preliminary advice to help you understand your legal position and options. As your case progresses, we are equipped to handle everything from property settlements and spousal maintenance to child custody issues and beyond. Should your case require court intervention, our skilled lawyers are prepared to represent you assertively, ensuring your voice is heard and your rights are protected. Our full-spectrum approach means that you can rely on us for all aspects of your divorce proceedings, providing continuity and a cohesive strategy from start to finish.

Client Reviews

Lauren Reid
Lauren Reid
I am pleased to provide a professional review of the legal services rendered by Emma Youdale ( O'sullivan Legal ) the course of the past eight months. As a client, I have been consistently impressed by Emma's exceptional legal expertise, professionalism, and unwavering dedication to providing personalised and effective legal representation. One of the most notable aspects of Emma's legal services is her exceptional time management skills. She demonstrated an impressive ability to prioritise and organise her workload efficiently, ensuring that all necessary tasks and deadlines were met in a timely and efficient manner. This meticulous approach contributed significantly to a smooth and successful legal process, alleviating any unnecessary stress or delays. In addition to her time management skills, Emma's negotiation abilities are second to none. She has a unique ability to communicate persuasively and effectively with clients and opposing parties alike, demonstrating an exceptional understanding of complex legal concepts and the ability to simplify them when necessary. This skill has been invaluable in achieving positive outcomes for my case, and I have no doubt it would be an asset to anyone in need of legal representation. Throughout the legal proceedings, Emma remained dedicated to providing personalised and effective legal representation. She took the time to understand my needs, goals, and concerns, and communicated with me in a clear and concise manner. Her compassion and client-centred approach were evident in every interaction we had, and I felt genuinely supported and confident in her guidance and advice. Overall, I highly recommend Emma Youdale to anyone seeking exceptional legal representation. Her impressive legal expertise, exceptional time management skills, effective negotiation abilities, and unwavering dedication to client service make her a standout choice for anyone seeking expert legal guidance. Emma is a true professional in every sense of the word, and I am incredibly grateful for the exceptional legal services she provided. Thank you Emma and O'sullivan Legal team.
Zulu Stu
Zulu Stu
If you’re after a thorough legal firm to manage your family law I would not go further than O’Sullivan Lawyers. This firm stuck with me for the long haul and with the extreme difficulties that one experiences with family law matters you need this support and professionalism to stay focused. In the end it was teamwork that won the day. Thanks greatly for your assistance. SG
Sherry Rahimi
Sherry Rahimi
Many thanks to Ben , Sandra and O'Sullivan's legal team assisting me during the turbulent times and making it easy for me to achieve a result. Ben and Sandra tirelessly, professionally and compassionately helped me through the whole process.
Georgia Andersen
Georgia Andersen
Anne L
Anne L
At O'Sullivan Legal , Ben O' Sullivan and Anita Petrovic are very prompt, very good and professional ! I had a very difficult divorce case. We are all residing and working overseas although we are all Australian citizens. Other law firm had given up about my case. However, Ben and Anita are perseverance and fight till my case is finished and successful !
Joanne Wheeler
Joanne Wheeler
I met Ben O’Sullivan after an awful experience with another Law Firm. From our first meeting I knew I had found a knowledgeable, experienced and determined Lawyer to represent me through my divorce settlement. My ex husband argued every point and even appealed the decision of the Court but Ben and his team did an amazing job fighting for me to secure a fantastic result for my children and I. I honestly cannot recommend Ben O’Sullivan Legal enough.
allen sephiroth
allen sephiroth
I highly recommend. Fast response, patient, professional, good understanding with client situation. Ben is easy going and well knowledge person, we build rapport very quickly and explore all the possible outcomes in the very beginning which is important for everyone i believe. Emma is highly passionate of her work, communication is efficient and accurate. Very happy to choose O'Sullivan legal for my matter.
Chris Weaver
Chris Weaver
A massive thank you to Roya Khatiz from O'Sullivan legal. I can't express my appreciation enough for her hard work. Roya personally invested herself in my case, spending long hours and a lot of dedication. She always got back to me with answers to my questions with helpful advice. I felt as though she had my back through the whole process. That was very important to me. Thank you again Roya.
I'm forever grateful for the help and support I received from Ben, Sandra and the team at O'Sullivan Legal. I found myself in a divorce situation and my primary focus was towards my kids. Ben and Sandra's expert knowledge in navigating family law helped ease my anxiety by providing clarity to the process, which lifted a load off my shoulders. From my first session with Ben, I knew I had someone in my corner, looking out for my and my kids' best interests. Ben and Sandra were able to articulate steps and milestones in a simple to understand manner and they supported me at decision points with clear and timely guidance. In a highly stressful situation, I found Ben and Sandra to be quite calming. I would highly recommend O'Sullivan Legal.

O’Sullivan Legal: Your Trusted Partner in Navigating Divorce

At O’Sullivan Legal, we understand that divorce signifies more than just a legal process – it’s a pivotal life transition.

Our pledge is to offer unwavering support, practical advice and guidance, combining professional excellence with a deep sense of empathy. We ensure that every aspect of your legal journey is managed with the utmost precision and care while also considering the broader impact on your life and well-being.

As the leading family lawyers Gold Coast has on offer, you can rely on us to help you navigate through the complexities of your family law matter. We pride ourselves on being more than just your lawyers; we are your allies, committed to securing an outcome that respects your dignity and paves the way for a brighter future.

In addition to our divorce law services, we cover all family law matters arising under the Australian Family Law Act, including property matters, child protection matters, parenting matters, and more.

For support that goes beyond the courtroom and a partnership grounded in trust and understanding, turn to O’Sullivan Legal. Let us be your anchor and advocate in these challenging times.

Reach out to us today to embark on this journey with a team that truly cares about your tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I initiate the divorce process in Queensland?

Family law encompasses legal matters involving family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, and property division. You need a family lawyer to navigate the complexities of these issues, protect your rights, and ensure fair outcomes for you and your family.

Can I handle my divorce without going to court?

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O'Sullivan Legal

O’Sullivan Legal is a leading family law firm based in Sydney, Australia. Founded by experienced family lawyer Ben O’Sullivan, our firm provides exceptional legal services to clients facing complex family law matters.


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