NLS Law News
May 23, 2020

What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer in the Family Law

In Family Law parenting matters the Court may appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer (“ICL”) to represent the interest of your child particularly if there are issues in a case such as high conflict or drug and alcohol, family violence, child abuse, mental health or alienation.   An ICL is expected to be […]
May 23, 2020

An Update – Directors Message

I hope everyone is doing okay as the restrictions for COVID-19 begin to lift Remember to be careful, social distance and wash your hands as we are not out of the woods yet. Things have been busy at NLS Law and we have provided lots of assistance in children and family […]
May 23, 2020

Mediation Part 3 – After the Day

You survived the day of mediation, we knew you would! It wasn’t easy and it was always going to be challenging. Irrespective of the actual outcome you have participated in a process where you now have a better understanding of all perspectives and hopefully a clarity about the issues in dispute. […]
May 23, 2020

Podcast Ep4 – Children’s Advocacy, Independent Children’s Lawyers & Child Consultants

Join us this week as Neisha Shepherd our Solicitor Director & Accredited Specialist in Children’s Law chats with Chanel Hughes our Child Consultant about the role of an independent children’s lawyer, importance of engaging a child consultant during dispute resolution and the importance of children’s advocacy.
May 8, 2020

Directors Update – 8 May 2020

It has been a busy few weeks at NLS Law advising clients, attending video court appearances, recording our podcast and participating in a live Webinar as a speaker to over 600 people across the world on Immigration and Family law. It was great to do the webinar with Immigration Solutions Anne O’Donoghue. […]
May 8, 2020

S86 Contact Applications

If your child has been removed from your care, it can be a distressing and traumatic experience. The time you spend with your child will likely be significantly reduced and restrictions on your contact may be imposed. If you are a party to a matter currently before the Children’s Court, […]
May 8, 2020

Getting Divorced

Getting divorced means legally ending a marriage. In Australia, people are able to obtain a divorce without having to provide an explanation or prove that it was one person’s fault. The only requirement is that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; meaning that there is no likelihood […]
May 8, 2020

Up To Date With NLS Episode 3

Join us as we talk with His Honour Judge Harman, Giles Coakes & Julie Kearney about Arbitration.
April 27, 2020

Up To Date with NLS Law – Ep2 2020

Join us this week as we talk with Julie Kearney & Ian Duane on Mediation, Arbitration and Property Matters. Thank you to the young local artist who wrote and recorded the intro music for this episode.
April 24, 2020

Directors Message – 24 April 2020

We are seeing positive results with the flattening of the curve for COVID-19 and this is great news for all of us. We all need to hang in there and seek support if you need to talk someone or finding it difficult to cope, have a look some of the […]
April 24, 2020

Mediation – On The Day – Part 2

Mediation gives parties more control of the potential outcomes and agreements rather than deliberation by a Judge. It can be an opportunity to resolve issues and reduce costs, stress and time associated with court proceedings. Invest in making it work for your situation.  Rested and calm: Given you have prepared […]
April 24, 2020

Tips for Preparing Your Affidavit

If your matter is in Court, you will, at some point, be required to file an affidavit with the Court. An affidavit is essentially a written statement, which can be described as ‘your story’. It is the evidence presented by you in support of your application or response. You will […]
April 17, 2020

Directors Update – 17 April 2020

OUR PODCAST HAS GONE LIVE! I have some very exciting news, our first ever podcast has gone live.  Apple and Spotify have even picked up our Podcast.  We aim to have a podcast every fortnight with different speakers about a range of topics.  Have a listen and remember it’s our […]
April 17, 2020

Communicating With Your Lawyer.

As your lawyer, we are here to advise you, guide you through the legal system and assist you to reach an outcome that is the best for you in your circumstances. Here are some tips for communicating with your lawyer: When you communicate with your lawyer, your communications are protected […]
April 17, 2020

Preparing for Mediation – Part 1

Part 1 – Before the day What is Mediation? Mediation is a structured negotiation process in which an independent person, known as a mediator, assists the parties to identify and assess options and negotiate an agreement to resolve their dispute. Mediation is an alternative to a judge imposing a decision […]
April 14, 2020

Up To Date with NLS Law – Ep1 2020

Welcome to our podcast! We want to keep connected with you, and ensure everyone is informed, up to date and connected during the current times. This episode is the first of many to come, each fortnight we discuss different areas relating to the law, family, connection and will even have […]
April 10, 2020

Keeping Connected Through Social Media During A Time Of Separation

Social Media is a broad category incorporating numerous platforms allowing individuals and businesses to connect. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, connection is significant. People seek to stay connected with other individuals, news, local shops and family. Social Media is powerful, it is extensive in its reach and versatility. When used […]
April 10, 2020

Is your child in Out of Home Care and have things changed for you, What can I do to seek the return of my child?

If you child is in out of home care, either with a relative or foster carer and you have made significant changes in your life, then talk with our Solicitor’s Jessica and Neisha about whether you are able to seek the return of your child to your care. In order […]
April 10, 2020

Children’s Court Update

Hearings in the Children’s Court have been suspended until after 1 May 2020. Care matter that are listed for mention for will be dealt with by the Court, with the expectation being that practitioners will liaise together in the attempt to negotiate a consent position. Where this is not possible, […]
April 10, 2020

Parents: Take care of yourself

When it comes to helping your kids through your divorce and separation , the take home message is: take care of yourself so that you can be there for your kids.
April 3, 2020

Keeping Our Kids Connected – Feature Article

Keeping Our Kids Connected KEEP CONNECTED! Never was this message more important that in the current COVID-19 situation we all find ourselves in. In these difficult and changing days we are told that being connected to others as adults is vital. It is important for our mental health; it is […]
April 3, 2020

Understanding & Getting Started with Property Matters

If you have just separated, it is important to know that your property matter can still be progressed during the current pandemic. Whilst the Courts prioritise urgent parenting matters, there are other ways of dealing with property matters that can lead parties to resolve their matter. Firstly, parties to a […]
April 3, 2020

Utilising Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is conducted by an independent third party, who assists the parties to try and reach agreement about their dispute. Mediators are specially trained to assist parties reach resolutions. Mediations are more cost-effective and can be quicker than having a matter proceed […]
April 3, 2020

The Courts – An Update – 3 April 2020

As acknowledged by the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the courts will prioritise urgent parenting matters. This may mean that any non-urgent property only matters are adjourned for an appropriate period of time, until the Court has the capacity to deal with them. Property […]
March 31, 2020

Parenting Matters & Covid-19

Dealing with a separation and parenting arrangements for children is stressful at the best of times. We understand that with so much uncertainty around Covid-19, comes additional stress and pressure. We have compiled some tips to assist families navigate this space during the current pandemic. Stay healthy and informed: be […]
Contact NLS Law
Our clients appreciate a realistic assessment of the outcome of their case. If you need an honest assessment, or to discuss the options available to you, call NLS Law to discuss your current circumstances.
Newcastle
Ph: (02) 4927 6315

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
Level 1, 93 Hunter Street,
Newcastle NSW 2300


Contact NLS Law
Our clients appreciate a realistic assessment of the outcome of their case. If you need an honest assessment, or to discuss the options available to you, call NLS Law to discuss your current circumstances.





Newcastle
Ph: (02) 4927 6315

E: office@nlslaw.com.au
Level 1, 93 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300