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Family Law Matters During COVID-19

Amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, various businesses and professions have struggled to continue with running their business and continuing day-to-day activities.

During COVID-19, Burke & Associates Lawyers are taking all steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff and clients. While taking all precautionary steps, we aim to provide our clients with all the services relating to family law. We understand that every matter comes with its own set of challenges and the importance it holds for you. We continue to offer the following services in the area of Family Law:

  • Divorce
  • Consent Orders
  • Financial Agreements
  • Family Law Property Division
  • De facto Relationship Property Division
  • Same-sex Relationship Property Division
  • Spousal Maintenance Disputes
  • Adult Child Maintenance Disputes
  • Child Support Agreements
  • Childcare and Welfare Arrangements
  • Injunctions to Preserve Property

While Australia remains in a lock down, we at Burke & Associates Lawyers are conducting business as usual and are fully operational, with the firm working remotely from home.

To facilitate the progress of legal work and to minimise any disruption of our services to you, the following measures are also in place:

  • We are open to taking appointments and attending to them digitally. To minimise all physical ‘in office’ meetings, we have planned consultations by mode of telephone conference or digital conferencing via applications such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
  • All legal documentations which you are required to sign will be scanned and emailed to you directly. If you require your documents to be witnessed by an authorised person, the lawyer in charge of your matter will arrange an appointment for you and one of our Directors to witness your documents. The necessary precautions such as wearing protective clothing such as masks and gloves following the COVID-19 laws will be abided by.

The Courts have also equipped itself to face this difficult time and therefore the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have devised ways to continue operations during the pandemic. Hearings are being heard through Microsoft Teams, videoconferencing and teleconferences. Guidelines are being set up to assist legal professionals in continuing to be actively and proactively participating with the Courts during this difficult time. Although priority is being given to urgent matters, defended applications, trials and appeals are also being heard.

Recently, the Courts have moved to Digital Court File (DCF), providing the flexibility to hear trials and appeals electronically in the long term. It allows Judges to hear cases from any registry or even in remote locations and provides a less stressful forum for vulnerable parties to attend hearings and give evidence.

For cases that are required to be conducted in person, the number of people attending the courtroom has been capped at 8. This does not include the judge and their support staff. All other individuals involved in the matter have been directed to wait outside the room. This ensures effective social distancing.

Our very best wishes to you and your family as we all work through the challenges at this time.

At Burke & Associates Lawyers, we, together with our partners, are qualified to assist in advice about family law matters.  For more information, please contact Margaret Girardi, Senior Associate, Jenni Mooney, Senior Family Lawyer, Rosy Roberts, Associate and Shabitha Sumanathasa, Lawyer, on mgirardi@burkelawyers.com.au, jmooney@burkelawyers.com.aurroberts@burkelawyers.com.au, and  ssumanathasa@burkelawyers.com.au respectively, or by contacting our office on
+61 3 9822 8588.

Contacts

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate
Margaret is a Senior Associate at the firm and practices predominantly in the area of family law.

Jenni Mooney

Senior Family Lawyer

Jenni Mooney

Senior Family Lawyer
BA, LL.B.
Jenni was seconded to the role of Deputy Registrar at the Family Court of Australia at Melbourne Registry, has been appointed as a Child Representative on the Selected panel and been a national trainer at...

Rosy Roberts

Associate

Rosy Roberts

Associate
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer.

Shabitha Sumanathasa

Lawyer
She also works in various other areas including litigation, family law and property law.