Are you a Defence Force member going through a separation?

The Last Post 25 April 2023

The Last Post recently featured our Family Law team and why we are specialists in assisting defence force families.

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If you or a loved one serves in the Defence Forces and is facing family breakdown, you may be dreading, or trying to avoid, getting lawyers involved.

“We understand that talking to a lawyer about the breakdown of your relationship is not something you really want to do,” says Adair Donaldson, Veteran and Director of Donaldson Law. “Typically, I used to say that if a couple didn’t hate each other at the end of a relationship, they surely would after the lawyers got involved,” says Donaldson. “But, there is another way. Law firms, ours included, have recognised that what is in the long-term, best interests of our client, and their family, is to deal with the issues as amicably as possible and then, let them move on with the rest of their lives. Our aim is to make the separation process as stress-free and straightforward as possible for our clients.”

While it isn’t always possible to resolve issues easily and amicably, we are certain that avoiding family court, if at all possible, is better for all involved. The time, cost and emotional trauma of a ‘win at all costs’ approach to family law, leaves everyone worse off in the long run, especially if there are children involved.

What sets Donaldson Law apart, is our understanding of the issues specific to Defence families. Director of Donaldson Law, Adair Donaldson, is not only a Veteran, but has been assisting Defence personnel and Veterans with legal issues for over two decades. Within Donaldson Law, and the family law team, we also have staff who are Veterans or are married to Veterans. Our understanding of the unique issues and circumstances affecting Defence families means we are able to fully represent your best interests while assisting you to reach a workable and holistic agreement after separation.

We understand that family separation can be a difficult time, particularly for those in the Defence Force who may be facing additional challenges such as deployment, relocation, and mental health issues. Just because these types of situations require careful planning and ‘thinking outside the box’ does not mean that parenting matters cannot be resolved cooperatively and amicably, with a focus on maintaining the co-parenting relationship.

We understand the value of MSBS and/or DFRB entitlements and the impact of how they will be considered in a property division. We also have a thorough understanding of employee benefits, such as medical discharge pensions, rental allowances, mortgage and homeowner assistance schemes, retention bonuses, and posting allowances, and how they can be taken into consideration in a property settlement.

Our experienced family lawyers, Katrina Potter and Sarah Adams are dedicated to assisting Defence Force members and their families through every step of the separation process. They have the knowledge and expertise required to provide you with comprehensive legal advice and solutions. We can assist you with all aspects of family law, including property settlements, child custody arrangements, parenting orders, spousal maintenance and mediations.

At Donaldson Law, we are committed to helping Defence families achieve a positive and practical outcome. We provide a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where you can discuss your concerns and receive guidance on the best course of action for your specific circumstances.

Don’t let family separation become an unnecessary burden for you and your loved ones. Contact Donaldson Law to learn more about our services and how we can help you. We are here to provide the legal support and guidance you need to navigate this challenging time with confidence and clarity.

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