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Boutique firm of the year going from strength to strength

A little over 18-months ago three remarkable women came together to create a one-of-a-kind family law firm. In September 2020 Debra Parker and Catherine Coles (previously from Watts McCray Lawyers in Canberra) joined forces with Jacquelyn Curtis (previously at Phelps Reid and DDCS Lawyers) to form a new family law firm. They’ve created a warm, kind and compassionate law firm providing quality and excellent service. When you step into their stylish firm, you truly feel welcomed into a warm and calm, environment. They wanted their clients to feel as comfortable, as though they are meeting a friend for a cuppa in a loungeroom rather than stepping into a clinical, intimidating environment. Parker Coles Curtis aim to make their clients feel… read more

April 15, 2022

Looking for a new family lawyer?

Busy googling ‘family lawyers near me’? Have you been having doubts about your current representation? Not sure if you’re allowed to ‘shop around’ or worried about offending your current family law firm?  When you’re going through one of the most difficult times in your life, you need someone by your side who will not only provide you with the best legal advice but also understanding, compassion and empathy throughout the process.   What if you’re not happy with your current family lawyer? Maybe you’re unhappy about the progress of your matter, the communication is unreliable and you’re not sure what’s going on or you simply feel your family lawyer isn’t the right fit for you personally. You have the right… read more

April 12, 2022

Top children’s books to help kids cope with separation, change and anxiety

Today is International Children’s Book Day!  We thought it would be timely to share some hand-picked helpful children’s books tried and tested by many of our clients (and ourselves!) for various ages and stages of children.  Separation affects every aspect of life – from your finances, your family relationships and your children’s routines. In the life of a child, a family breakdown can be traumatic and unsettling time. When told of the news, children may feel sad, angry, anxious and confused. The age of your child can also affect how they comprehend and adapt to this new change in their world. Reading with your child is a practical way you can help ease their transition through separation and divorce. In… read more

April 2, 2022

Hiding superannuation no more…

Superannuation is likely to be your largest financial asset and is likely to be your largest asset second only to your property.1 On average, a household has $213,700 in superannuation funds and comprises 18% of all household assets.2 For almost twenty years, superannuation has been treated as property for family law purposes. This means that when a married or de-facto couple is separating, they can split superannuation by agreement or by court order. Even if there is no superannuation split, it is important that each party knows the size of the superannuation interest so that it can be accounted for in the property pool. Ordinarily, when parties separate, they have a duty of disclosure to provide to the other party… read more

March 31, 2022

Omicron and Parenting Plans for separated homes and blended families

After holding our breath for several days, the ACT Government has announced Canberra students will be returning to school as planned, but with additional testing and health measures to help to manage the spread of COVID-19 in the Territory. But are we now sighing in relief? Many of us still feel anxious about the adequacy of those measures to combat the spread of Omicron and the disruption of schooling with staff and student absences that are expected. With many younger children yet to receive vaccinations, the dramatic increase of cases in the ACT in recent weeks and more painful periods of isolation giving us flashbacks of previous lockdowns, it’s hardly surprising we feel fatigued and stressed by it all. Throw… read more

March 28, 2022

What do I do if I think my friend is at risk of domestic abuse?

Ever had that gut feeling that your friend is in an abusive relationship or is experiencing domestic or family violence? Are you torn about what, if anything, you should do about it? Family or domestic violence is an issue that can affect anybody. It does not discriminate. Family violence includes financial control, physical abuse, sexual violence or abuse, threatening behaviour and coercive control. Victims of domestic or family violence often hide what is happening to them from other loved ones. Feelings of shame, humiliation, fear and worthlessness they are experiencing, and the patterns of family violence itself can work against victims disclosing what is happening to them or even recognising it. A victim may not be comfortable opening up. They… read more

March 24, 2022

Top 5 books to get you through your divorce

Whether you’re recently separated, thinking about it or in the middle of a divorce, we’ve collated our top recommended reads to bring peace, comfort and practical tools to navigate this challenging transition for your family. Unsure how to face difficult conversations with the kids about two homes? Grappling with whether to end your relationship? Feeling overwhelmed and like everything is just so uncertain now you’re separated? Our hand-selected reads may be just what you need to find clarity and practical strategies to move forward to a new beginning. When it comes to the “hard seasons” of life—the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job—transformation seems impossible when grief and uncertainty dominate your days. Didn’t See that Coming… read more

January 24, 2022

New year, new me

It’s the new year and we all have our list of New Year’s resolutions.   The new year is all about starting fresh and our team can help you finalise the details of your separation so you can move forward.   If you’ve been separated for a while and want to settle parenting and financial agreements with your ex-partner, now is the perfect time. No one likes “life admin” nagging at our subconscious.     Completing your financial and parenting arrangements after a separation can help you feel a sense of closure, ready to start to your new beginning. Let us help you take those first and final steps to finalising your separation. We’re here for you when life happens, and we’ll hold your… read more

January 20, 2022

What if you disagree on COVID-19 vaccinations for your children?

COVID-19 vaccinations and family law What happens when parents are unable to reach agreement about whether their child should receive the COVID-19 vaccination?   Recently the Australian Government has opened up access to the Pfizer vaccination to 12-year-olds and will soon open it up to children as young as 5 years old. Whether a child receives the COVID-19 vaccination, or any other vaccination for that matter is an issue to be determined by their parents. So, what happens when parents are separated, and they don’t agree about whether their child should be vaccinated? Currently, the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has not had to make a decision about whether a child should receive the COVID-19 vaccination when their… read more

January 13, 2022

Top children’s books to help kids cope with separation, change and anxiety

  Navigating the family law system and the day-to-day logistics of separation are some of the many obstacles you’ll overcome after your relationship breaks down. But getting there isn’t always easy, especially for the little ones in the household. Separation affects every aspect of life – from your finances, your family relationships and your children’s routines. In the life of a child, a family breakdown can be traumatic and unsettling time. When told of the news, children may feel sad, angry, anxious and confused. The age of your child can also affect how they comprehend and adapt to this new change in their world. Reading with your child is a practical way you can help ease their transition through separation… read more

January 13, 2022

What our clients say

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 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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A very good experience dealing the Debra and the team. Friendly, efficient and very professional.

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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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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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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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Highly recommend Jacquelyn Curtis! She was amazing in my family law matter going above and beyond outside ‘normal’ work hours doing all she could in a time that was extremely stressful she gave me peace of mind.

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

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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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Thanks to Debra, Monica and Lela for their support and fantastic work during this extremely stressful time. The team were very professional while being really down to earth, pleasant and efficient.

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I thank the whole team for significantly improving all our lives and I am super glad we came here. Because of this team we are able to call today the first day of the rest of our lives. This all comes with the best possible outcome.

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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I can't recommend Parker Coles Curtis highly enough. The team masterfully managed the simultaneous settlements of the properties we sold and bought. Organising the simultaneous settlement proved to be a bit of a nightmare for PCC given all the parties involved but they ensured everything was completed successfully on time. Most of our dealings were with the ever-attentive Lela, whose easy-going yet professional manner made her a pleasure to work with and took the stress out of the situation for us. Thanks very much PCC!

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 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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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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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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Debra is a great listener, empathetic and friendly. Very supportive, accessible and encouraging through the most challenging stages of the matter. Her legal acumen and strategic direction, supported by an exceptional team come to the fore when the whips are cracking. The team continues to communicate and work hard to full resolution of all aspects of your matter. Very thorough, always follow through and highly professional - far in excess of other experiences I and others have had with other firms. I thank them and thoroughly recommend Parker Coles Curtis.

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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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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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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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Thankyou Debra and Team for your hard work, professionalism and advice which has delivered excellent outcomes in representing me in difficult times. Your knowledge and experience in addition to your pragmatic and strategic approach is very comforting.

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Debra is like a friend who tells you how it is and not what you want to hear. That's a good friend to have. She will tell you the truth and manage your expectations.

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

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

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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’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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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 is very professional and efficient. I am grateful to have received her recommendation as her dedication and knowledge enabled me to get a fair result. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

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The Loungeroom Lawyer concept was so convenient for me - a time-poor, working single Mum. I loved the fact that I could meet with a lawyer in the comfort of my own home (in a tracksuit) and get the information and support I needed. Jacquelyn then represented me in a family court case and helped me navigate the complexities of FVO's. I felt supported, safe and extremely well represented. I highly recommend Jacquelyn at Parker Coles Curtis, I will forever be grateful for her support.

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

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