Why Choose Hawkes Lawyers as your Family Lawyer?

At Hawkes Lawyers, we are your trusted local Family Law solicitors. We can help you with children, parenting and property matters, including child custody matters, property settlements and negotiations, divorce, financial agreements, international child disputes and domestic violence cases.

When it comes to choosing a family lawyer, it is important to understand what we can offer at Hawkes Lawyers. As highly successful family lawyers, we understand relationship breakdowns can be complex and stressful. We pride ourselves on providing real solutions that get real results, giving you an added edge in negotiations and court proceedings.

  • The professionals at Hawkes Lawyers offer services for family law at the most affordable prices on the Sunshine Coast
  • We have an experienced legal team working with you every step of the negotiation and court process
  • You will be connected to an experienced solicitor providing you with personalised service and a straightfoward approach


Reaching an agreement can be emotionally difficult. Our lawyers make life easier.


Domestic violence can take on many forms and our lawyers can help you.


We can help you reach a settlement through negotiation and represent you in court.


Divorce law is relatively simple, but it is important you understand a few things.


Financial agreements determine the division of assets should parties separate.


If a parent takes your child, we can help you navigate the court and international laws.


It is in the child or children’s best interests for parents to reach an agreement, but all families are different. Hawkes Lawyers can help negotiate agreement or care arrangements without going to court. Although most families can resolve parenting disputes through negotiation, we can assist you through the court process if this is not possible. 

To determine what is in the best interest of the child or children, the court will consider a number of factors, including:

  • The benefit of the child or children having a meaningful relationship with both parents; and
  • The need to protect the child or children from physical and psychological harm.

Get in touch with our experienced affordable lawyers for a consultation.


Separation is when you stop living together as a couple, even if you are still living in the same house. During the separation process, you may be required to consider if you will leave the home, what care arrangements will be put in place for your children and how you will divide your property.

Divorce is the official ending of your marriage. Your ex-spouse does not have to agree to get divorced and the law does not look at who is at fault. 

The divorce process is relatively simple and we can walk you through the application process from start to finish. To initiate the process, you must have been separated for at least twelve months and we strongly recommend that, if applicable, you have arrangements in place for any child or children of the relationship.

Get in touch with our experienced family lawyers today for your free first consultation. 


Property settlement does not mean each party automatically receive 50/50% split of assets, liabilities and even income.

There are laws that cover the division of property following separation, whether you are married or in a de-facto relationship. You should always get legal advice to understand what you are entitled to. Our family lawyers can help with negotiations to divide property and what to do if you can’t reach an agreement.

A property settlement may include:

  • real estate, including the family home
  • money held as cash or in bank accounts
  • investments
  • insurance policies
  • inheritances
  • shares
  • superannuation
  • assets including cars, furniture, jewellery
  • debts including mortgages, loans, credit cards and personal debts.


Get expert legal advice to protect your children. Disputes with families who flee internationally have significant effects on children and parents. Parents may take a child for a variety of reasons, but ultimately it is the child or children’s welfare that is paramount. You can take steps to prevent wrongful removal if you are concerned your child may be removed from Australia.

It is an emotional time, and each situation is treated sensitively on a case-by-case basis. We have experience in the recovery of children outside Australia and the complexities of international laws.

Our family lawyers are available to answer any questions and understand the urgency.



Financial agreements, also known as binding financial agreements or prenuptial agreements, can be a great solution in many different circumstances. They can help establish how assets and liabilities are divided in the future should a relationship breakdown.

The law allows couples to enter into financial agreements that are legally binding.

You may consider a binding financial agreement when:
• You have more assets and money than your partner at the beginning of your relationship
• You operate a family business or investment
• You expect to receive an inheritance at a later stage
• You are forming a new relationship and have children who need to be protected financially
• You want to ensure the terms of any property division are agreed upfront

Our experienced and affordable family lawyers can discuss your circumstances and help you find a tailor-made solution for your financial agreement needs.


Domestic Violence includes verbal, emotional, financial and mental abuse as well as physical violence. You don’t have to have been physically injured to have experienced domestic violence.

If you’re experiencing Domestic Violence, you can apply for a protection order.

If someone has taken out a Domestic Violence order against you and you disagree with the contents, you maybe able to defend the application.

No matter your situation, our experienced affordable lawyers can help. We are highly experienced in domestic violence cases – contact us for a free initial consultation today.

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