Your Highly Experienced Family Lawyer
Lance Jackson, Principal Solicitor at Arcadian Legal
Lance has been practising in Sydney as a family lawyer for over 20 years, focussing on issues such as divorce and separation, financial settlements and children matters.
Lance is passionate about bringing peace of mind when it matters most by helping clients with their family situations. He tries to speak as plainly as possible so they understand the legal processes involved and know what to expect.
One of Lance's strengths is resolving complex children's and property matters. These include paternity testing, contested final hearings, mediations and successful child recovery proceedings. He also has substantial expertise in resolving problems when other parties don’t want to participate.
Where needed, Lance can also assist with criminal and commercial law matters or refer you to the most appropriate legal representative. His professional memberships include the NSW Law Society and the Law Council of Australia - Family Law Section.
If you are looking for an experienced family lawyer that cares and will promote your rights, contact Lance today.
What Our Clients Say
As a small family law firm, we treat our clients as individuals and not numbers and respect how difficult this is for you, both emotionally and financially. See what some of our clients have to say:
I'm going through the most difficult time of my life as a result of divorce and parental alienation, and, without a doubt, Lance Jackson has been my most important ally in starting to turn the situation around. From the time I met him, I welcomed his wealth of experience, but most importantly I was impressed by his genuine desire to help me as a human being. He has led this process brilliantly, with a strategic mindset and attention to detail in every step. I truly recommend Lance as an expert in family law and look fwd to continuing working with him as we reach our objectives
My initial contact with Lance Jackson at Arcadian Legal was a few days prior to my separation. I was very distressed. I spoke to Lance by phone, and was impressed by his willingness to listen and the empathy he showed for my situation. At a time when emotions were running high, it was comforting to talk to someone so calm and emotionally intelligent. Lance came to my rescue when I was at my lowest point and helped me work out a way forward.
Again I would like to thank you for getting my family and I through one of the most frightening experiences of our lives. Personally, I am still trying to come to terms with the great result and dare to think it’s all resolved. Please accept our heartfelt thanks.
During my recent divorce and settlement, I was represented by Lance Jackson. The settlement was very complex and took several years to complete. Lance's extensive knowledge of family law proved invaluable. His professionalism and support helped me through some very difficult times. The matter was eventually settled to my satisfaction, largely due to Lance's constant efforts on my behalf.
Trusted Family Lawyer to Protect Your Interests
Whether you're dealing with a child custody dispute or property settlement, we will work hard through all legal issues to help get you a fair and just outcome.
Legal Strategy and Advice
We'll consider your matter and objectives and advise you on the best strategy and steps to take, as well as the likelihood of success, and costs involved in the process.
Out of Court Settlements & Mediation
We support our clients in settling through mediation or out of court through effective negotiation and sound legal advice. This can save you time and money and still result in a positive outcome for you.
If you need to go to Family Court, we will represent you during proceedings to promote your rights and interests. We focus on a constructive approach that helps resolve matters in court as quickly as possible.
Do you need to go to Family Court?
If you and your family can agree on issues such as parenting arrangements and property division, you may not need to go to court. We will help you make the most informed decisions for your specific situation.
Representation in Court
When facing the Family Court of Australia, expert legal representation is essential. We have extensive courtroom experience with all family law matters, including property settlements and parenting issues. We will build your case to ensure the correct information is presented, your best interests are voiced, and your legal rights are protected.
Many people prefer not to go to court, we can negotiate your separation as amicably as possible through mediation and settlement. Our skills and experience can help both parties reach a mutually beneficial agreement. An out-of-court settlement can ease the burden on you financially and avoid stressful legal proceedings
We Act Quickly On Behalf of Our Clients
Divorce and separation are tough on everyone. Not only are you going through an emotionally intense event in your life, but you also have to deal with all the legal aspects that come along with it. At Arcadian Legal, we act quickly on behalf of our clients and will do whatever we can to ensure you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.
We understand the urgency of your situation, and you will always receive a prompt response from us. In emergencies, such as where violence is involved, we can act on your behalf on the same day. Our clients feel confident that their needs are well taken care of by a trusted family lawyer who will protect their interests in every way possible.
Local and Australia-Wide Service
We can deal with family law matters in any state or territory across Australia through phone or video consultations where required. We also work closely with our local community in the Hills District.
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Your First Consultation is Free
We are committed to helping our clients solve their legal matters with ease. Regardless of the nature of your family law concerns, we encourage you to contact us for help. Initial consultations are free of charge and can be conducted in person, via video, or over the phone.
Many clients today prefer to discuss their situation through a video call, which we can help facilitate. Just let us know your preference and we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to go to court or can I settle out of court?
There are several ways to resolve family law matters. Attending court is just one option. The vast majority of our cases are settled before going to court or during the family law proceedings. Approximately 80% are resolved without a judgement being imposed.
How long does the court process take in a family dispute?
There is no simple answer to this question because it depends on the number and complexity of issues under discussion. Trying to resolve family disputes in a courtroom can be lengthy and more adversarial than seeking a resolution without a hearing. The right lawyer will give you honest, upfront advice after assessing your specific circumstance.
Can you help me with a criminal case against my ex?
Yes, we can help you with a criminal case against your ex-partner. We'll advise you on the best course of action to take, help you prepare for the case and attend court with you on the day. We make sure all your legal needs are taken care of seamlessly.
What is the best way to organise child support or spousal maintenance?
It is best to come to an amicable arrangement with your former partner about the payment of child support and spousal maintenance. Otherwise, we can help you to get a court ruling for legally enforceable payments.
Should I get a binding financial agreement before or after marriage?
A binding financial agreement can be entered into at any time during or after a marriage or de facto relationship. However, the advantage of agreeing in advance the division of assets is you can separate amicably. There should be no need for stressful and costly court action.
What documents do I need to bring to my first consultation?
This may be the first time you've sought help for a family law matter. To help the process run smoothly, we recommend you bring the following documents:
- Copy of marriage certificate
- Copies of divorce paperwork filed by spouse
- List of assets and debts
- Birth certificates
Should I change my powers of attorney and will on separation or divorce?
This is often dependent on your individual circumstance. But it is common to change powers of attorneys and wills because a separation or divorce can affect the way you manage your finances, make medical decisions for yourself or others, administer property settlements and take care of other important matters. It is necessary to ensure your estate planning reflects your intentions.
What do I do if my ex has stopped paying child support?
The non-payment of child support is a serious issue. If the other parent has stopped paying or refuses to pay, you need to seek legal advice. We can support you and take action to enforce child support payments so that you can continue to raise your family.