We’re Brisbane’s specialist family law firm, with empathy and expertise.
We help separating professionals, parents and partners resolve family matters with care and fairness, so you can move on to the next chapter of your life – with your dignity intact.
A warm welcome from Honan Family Law
Family matters can be complex. We’re here to guide you to a resolution, without the mess.
Welcome to Honan Family Law. We’re an all-female team of specialist family law solicitors in Brisbane. If you’re working through a separation or parenting arrangement, or another family matter requiring legal support, we’re here to guide you through.
We understand the breakdown of a relationship can be a stressful and uncertain time in your life. Things can get messy (and costly) if not handled right. When it comes to family law, you’re better off having an expert in your corner who can work collaboratively between parties to resolve matters fairly and efficiently, outside of the courts. We’re also a friendly bunch and great to work with—our clients tell us so!
Let us help you make your next move, with confidence and grace.
The kind of support you could use right now.
Our focus is to support you towards your desired resolution as smoothly as possible. With Honan Family Law by your side, you can expect the right kind of support:
- Your needs first: First and foremost, we understand your desired outcome and then tailor our approach towards a solution you’re comfortable with.
- Clear communication: Solution-focused, we’ll help you understand where you stand, what options there are, and associated costs so you can make informed decisions.
- Responsive service: Legal matters don’t wait and can be time sensitive. Our team approach ensures we’re always there when you need us.
- Specialist expertise: Director, Amy Honan has been practicing exclusively in family law since 2006 and is an Accredited Family Law Specialist.
- Caring but fair: We care about your resolution and its impact on you and your family. We’ll approach your matter with empathy, fairness and heart.
- Recommended experts: Among our happy clients, you’ll also find us on the Doyles Guide 2023 Recommended List for Family Law and Parenting Law.
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Family law matters we help with
We can offer expert advice on a range of family law matters.
Our service is tailored to your situation, and we’ll guide you through each step of the way.
“Amy and the team are fantastic to deal with. The team are highly professional, extremely helpful, and honest. They helped us resolve the issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. We highly recommend Honan Family Law.”
Family Law Matters
We share regular tips on family law and breakdown legalese to help you navigate your way more easily.
Read our latest insights below.
The Priority Property Pools under $550,000 List (PPP550 List) is a cost-effective solution provided by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for property disputes involving assets under $550,000 (excluding superannuation). This program simplifies the legal process by requiring only an Initiating Application and a PPP550 Financial Summary document for filing, reduces costs, and promotes efficient resolution. Parties receive court-issued Orders to exchange financial information and engage in dispute resolution without immediate courtroom appearances. If disputes persist, court-funded mediation and expedited proceedings ensure timely progress. However, cases with certain characteristics, such as entities requiring valuations or those seeking parenting or enforcement Orders, may not qualify.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which practitioners and parties utilise with the aim to resolving a dispute without the …
If you have been married for less than 2 years when you file your Application for Divorce, you need to address one …
Is superannuation included in a property pool? This is a common question in family law. The answer is yes. Superannuation is recognized as property under the Family Law Act 1975, which means it needs to be valued and included in the property pool for division. In some cases, parties may retain their individual superannuation interests. But when there are significant discrepancies in superannuation value, the party with a higher balance may need to give some of their superannuation to the other party via a 'superannuation split.' Get tailored legal advice to determine if a superannuation split is necessary for your individual matter.
This article discusses the weight given to the initial contributions made by one party in a relationship with vastly different net worths. The court considers several factors, including the class of assets, whether they have increased in value, and the length of the relationship. The erosion principle and springboard principle are also discussed. Additionally, the article analyzes the Full Court of the Family Court decision of Jabour and how it affects the assessment of initial contributions. Seeking professional advice is important as the weight given to an initial contribution may vary depending on the circumstances.
If you and your former-spouse or de facto partner have reached a property settlement agreement after separation, it is crucial to document it formally to avoid future disputes. Two formal ways to document a property agreement recognized by the Family Law Act are Consent Orders and Financial Agreements. Consent Orders are Court Orders that require both parties' consent and approval by the court, whereas Financial Agreements are private agreements between parties. While Consent Orders must be considered just and equitable and require a $180 filing fee, Financial Agreements do not need court approval but require both parties to obtain independent legal advice. Financial Agreements can also extinguish future claims for spousal maintenance. If you need help formalizing a property settlement agreement, Honan Family Law can offer a fixed fee initial consultation to discuss your options.
If you child was born in Queensland, you can change your child’s name by applying to the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths …
All parties to a family law proceeding have a duty to make full and frank disclosure to the other party or parties …
Generally, a court will determine the asset pool of the parties at the date of a trial. However, the court may treat …
In January 2023, the Australian Government released a draft Bill, the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023, which proposes amendments to the existing …
Broadly, there are three options for parents with respect to the financial maintenance of children: Administrative Assessment Services Australia (Child Support) (“the …
During your initial consultation, one of the first questions your family lawyer may ask you is the date that you and the …
Financial agreements, often referred to as a “pre-nup”, “Binding Financial Agreement” or “a BFA”, are a way for parties to decide how …
If you are recently separated and have turned to Google to try and get a bit of an idea of what’s involved …
Australian citizens are eligible to apply for a divorce in Australia. There are however 3 more criteria's that allow you to apply for a divorce in Australia.
For your sole Application for Divorce to proceed, you need to serve your ex with the Application. But what steps can you take if your ex can not be located?
For your divorce to be granted, you need to serve your Application for Divorce correctly. Our article explains how this can be done.
Filing an appeal won't stop a Judgement taking effect. This article explains the steps to take to stop ('stay') an order
A summary on the steps to take to remove a child's name from the airport watchlist.
This may seem like an odd thing to say when Honan Family Law has only just opened our doors, but you may …
The first step in engaging a family lawyer is to arrange an initial consultation. To help you get the most out of …
When determining the overall percentage division in a property settlement, the court will take into consideration a number of factors. These factors …
Following separation if parties are unable to live separated under the one roof and cannot reach agreement for one party to vacate …