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Debra Parker is an exceptional family lawyer. I cannot praise her highly enough! Debra is extremely professional, empathic, no-nonsense, fast, and meticulous in her attention to legal detail.  She made me feel protected, calm and in the absolute safest hands. I cannot recommend her and her team highly enough!! Thank you!    From day one, Jacqui Curtis expertly guided me through the various intricacies of my matter. Following the recent shock of a very acrimonious separation from my wife, I sought legal counsel from Parker Coles Curtis after a referral from a work colleague.  Jacqui showed great empathy and gave me the advice I needed to hear and correctly advised the course of action I needed to take. Her calm… read more

April 7, 2021

The Best Family Lawyers in Canberra

Parker Coles Curtis is ranked in the top 10 Family Law firms in Canberra  Parker Coles Curtis is a boutique Canberra based family law firm run by specialist family lawyers. Our expertise is in assisting people considering, experiencing or planning for Separation and/or Divorce. This includes Parenting and Custody, Property and Financial agreements (pre-nups), Adoption, Wills, Estates and Conveyancing.  Our team understands family law is stressful and emotional. Our award-winning solicitors are dedicated to making your life easier and better by helping you understand the process. We pride ourselves on our emotional intelligence and warmth, which has comforted thousands of clients in their journey to a new beginning and brighter future.  At our mostly female firm, we are compassionate and… read more

April 7, 2021

Parker Coles Curtis wins National Champions of Pride Award

Parker Coles Curtis, Winner, Boutique Firm, Lawyers Weekly Champions of Pride  The winners of the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Champions of Pride initiative have been crowned at a luncheon today in Sydney. The award pays tribute to legal businesses advocating and committing to diversity and inclusion initiatives pertaining to the experience of Australian legal professional. It was judged by a distinguished panel of practitioners and academics from around the country. Former justice of the High Court of Australia, The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, delivered the keynote address at a luncheon hosted at Dockside in the Sydney CBD.  Parker Coles Curtis was judged the winner over a strong field of finalists including Nevett Ford from Melbourne, Kalpaxis Legal from Parramatta, and… read more

March 11, 2021

How the COVID lockdown highlighted the need for a ‘family violence toolkit’

Nearly 10% of Australian women in domestic relationships suffered family violence during the pandemic last year  As revealed by a survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology    This is a sobering statistic, especially in the afterglow of International Women’s Day. The lockdowns in Australia made the situation of many victims of family violence worse—victims who were trapped in their homes with their abuser. During lockdown, crisis calls to domestic violence hotlines spiked across the country. Many victims, however, were unable to ask for help because they were under constant surveillance and could not access support outside the home. The prevalence of family violence in our society, and its escalation during the health pandemic, highlights that we all need… read more

March 9, 2021

I need to go to Court. What do I do?

This guide explains the steps to start a child custody Court case for parenting orders. After separation or divorce, you’re likely facing important decisions about your children. Although it’s generally preferable to work things out by mutual agreement with the other parent, there are often times where the disagreement cannot be resolved and the Court’s assistance is needed to work things out. Which Court? There are two Australian Courts that deal with family law issues: the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia. Most cases are filed in the Federal Circuit Court. The Family Court deals with cases which are really complicated, such as international family law disputes or cases or involving sexual abuse of children. Both Courts… read more

November 30, 2020

Parenting Orders and Notice of Risk form: what you need to know

Are you considering parenting orders?  Then you need to know about the ‘Notice of Risk of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk’  form. This form is required to be filed to have the Court make parenting orders relating to your children.  This form has to be filed even if there are non no risk or abuse problems in your situation. What is a Notice of Risk and why do I have to file one? Ask any family lawyer and they’ll tell you that most cases in the Family Court system involve allegations of family violence and child abuse. They arise in matters often in family dispute resolution too. The Notice of Risk (we’ll call it a NOR) helps the Court… read more

November 12, 2020

Family Law Mediation: 10 things you need to know

With 10 years a s the Registrar at the Family Court helping people solve family law disputes, Debra Parker is a household name when it comes to family law mediation.  Debra’s excellence and achievements as a mediator in private practice have earned her several accolades, including a Lawyer’s Weekly  Award. Debra’s top tips for mediation will  help you understand the process and boost your chances of reaching an agreement. Here’s 10 things you need to know about family law mediation: Mediation isn’t as scary as it sounds Family law mediation is a process to help with making decisions after a relationship transition, such as separation or divorce, without going to Court. You could think of it as ‘assisted negotiation.’ A… read more

November 5, 2020

Two houses, One Christmas.

  Christmas is only 12 weeks away. Have you and your ex sorted out custody arrangements for the children during the Christmas holidays? To make your Christmas merry and not miserable, you’ll need to nix arguments and conflict about who spends what time with the kids and the travel involved over the festive season. That’s the last thing you need at a time for relaxing and enjoying spending time with family and friends. Worse still – you don’t need the additional stress if you’re struggling to face Christmas as a newly separated parent. For the month of October 2020 our lawyers will chat with you FOR FREE about your Christmas custody issues, in a 30 minute consult via Zoom, telephone… read more

September 26, 2020

8 signs that mean it’s time to see a family lawyer

How do you know when it’s time to contact a family lawyer? Sometimes taking the first step is the hardest. Sometimes you’re unexpectedly thrust into a family lawyer’s office, because of something your partner has said or done. Here are 8 signs that mean it’s time to see a family lawyer: 1. You’re thinking about separating. Even before you’ve reached a final decision about whether to separate, it is worth chatting with a family lawyer about the road ahead, so you have an idea of how things will look if you do decide to end your relationship. We can speak with you discretely and completely confidentially. 2. Your partner has told you they want to separate. Whether you saw it… read more

September 26, 2020

Wondering about separation or divorce? Google search data shows you’re not alone

We get it. No one starts a relationship expecting it will end. But we all know life is unpredictable. If the recent data on Google searches is anything to go by, COVID-19 has more people than ever weighing up their relationship options. In June 2020, Google searches for ‘divorce’ set a new mid-year record, as well as a 12-month high. Lockdown rules, job losses and spikes in rates of domestic violence show that ‘for better or worse’ has been seriously tested in 2020 so far. The search term ‘divorce’ doesn’t cover data for de facto relationship breakdowns either, so if this wasn’t gloomy enough, the Google data is suggestive that de facto couples are also feeling the pain of relationship… read more

September 26, 2020

What our clients say

Debra’s calm and caring demeanour gave me encouragement at a time when I needed it most. I am very grateful to you for seeing me and for your help in putting me on the path towards change, whatever that turns out to be.

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Catherine is fearless and will stand her ground with the experience and the attention to detail to back herself.

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Thank you again Debra. You have infinite patience as you are kind and considerate with me and it is a miracle that you are assisting me so competently.

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Catherine Coles is not just a highly intelligent and bright solicitor but also an amazing individual who took my worries and fears seriously. With determination, great organisation and efficiency, she got the very best outcome for my situation.

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I’d like to thank you for all your help and amazing service you provided to me, could not find a (sic) better lawyer even if I wanted to. Thanks for everything.

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I was shocked to discover that Jacqui was a single mother, especially at a time when I was coming to terms with being one and thought it was a terrible thing. Understanding that single mothers could also have good co-parenting outcomes and be absolutely winning at life really helped me re-set my assumptions of what my life might be like after divorce. Jacqui not only helped me win my freedom, she helped me see that I was strong enough to go it alone. Choosing her was the best move I could have made.

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Jacqui has consistently been an exceptional source of advice and focus throughout a very difficult time for my family. Her approach, demeanour and dedication has remained well considered, balanced and professional. Jacqui is well researched, prepared and calming. Jacqui has listened to my concerns and taken the time to truly understand and concentrate on the priorities. Above all, Jacqui is kind, compassionate, respectful and committed. I truly trust her professional judgement and advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jacqui for professional representation.

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Jacqui is an efficient, smart, meticulous family lawyer with empathy and strategy. She understood my story as well as I did. I could tell her everything and anything and she was very good at communicating what was needed to achieve fair and positive outcomes amid a traumatic dispute.

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You are an incredible intellect and woman of strength pulling up other strong women and men. Thank you Debra for all your hard work. I’m gobsmacked!

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Thank you for your guidance, support, empathy and understanding. We know that what ever outcome is achieved, you are always firmly in our corner, and for that we can never thank you enough.

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I need to find the means by which to thank you Debra. So over a week ago I was reeling mentally and physically and wondering how to deal with all that I had on my plate. Had no idea where to turn to except that in a moment of luck (divine luck no doubt) I came across your name . And that led me to where I am today, in contact with, and being advised by wonderful lawyers. I am deeply indebted to you.

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Debra Parker was fantastic at supporting me through a very challenging separation and settlement. Debra was very understanding of my financial limitations and enacted a plan that allowed me to access excellent legal representation within my means.

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I have been a client of Debra Parker for well over a year and have nothing but the highest praise for her and her supporting staff. She has always gone out of her way to provide me sound advice and has helped me greatly through a difficult and anxious time. Your professionalism and expertise second to none and I’m very satisfied who is the outcome that she has achieved I highly recommend Debra Parker for all family law matters.

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Every day I wake up with a feeling of the deepest gratitude that I had Catherine Coles as my solicitor.

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Monica Serci is a fantastic lawyer. Very knowledgeable and efficient, but also compassionate and understanding of the stress people are under in family law situations. She made the process much easier due to her expertise and kindness. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services to others.

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Debra you are a lovely person and I thank you so much for your help, support and understanding over those roller coaster years.

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Catherine is exceptionally well organised. She made me feel at ease when things were touch and go and reeled in win after win in my case. She was ever at the ready to make the wrongs right again. Catherine is brilliant at digging into the grey areas and the less-obvious areas of legislation and using them superbly to gain solid wins.

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Jacqui has unequivocally supported a low-conflict approach which has been absolutely necessary in establishing cooperative, respectful and child focussed arrangements. My family, and more importantly my child, has benefited from Jacqui’s engagement.

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Thank you so much for this. I am glad I have your expertise. I trust your judgement in your crafting of the outline of argument.

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Jacquelyn shared sound advice that helped me navigate a family violence situation and supported me in a seemingly impossible relocation case. It was the opposite advice to others I had contacted. Those first steps were imperative to my successful outcome. I now have a very bright future for my children and I, but it could have been very different in someone else’s hands.

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Thank you once again Debra, so very much. I’ve been through the worst of times but your support and advice, as well as your genuine kindness, has been so valuable to me.

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Thank you Catherine – I have really appreciated your advice on this. It was completely overwhelming until we spoke.

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Thank you Debra for supporting me, knowing how much to push me, knowing how much to encourage me – and knowing when I’d had enough. You’re fabulous.

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Catherine Coles is an amazing Lawyer and person. She made what I thought impossible- Possible.

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Debra’s work ethic and commitment is amazing!

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Jacqui has such a friendly demeanour and understood my concerns. She listened and gave me advice tailored to my circumstances. I have a high-conflict ex and Jacqui’s advice helped me achieve a positive outcome that is in everyone’s best interests. I have young children and Jacqui was so flexible with her appointment time and understanding the realities of being a working single parent.

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