The Family Lawyer You Can Depend On

We will support you and protect your rights in a family law dispute

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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.

Why Choose Arcadian Legal?

At Arcadian Legal, we take pride in providing quality legal advice and support. We're honoured when our clients trust us and we believe the following reasons set us apart from other family lawyers.

We provide clear, simple and jargon-free counsel, demystifying the legal process to help you understand your rights.

We are experts in our field and tailor our legal advice and services to your specific situation and needs.

80% of our cases are settled out of court without a judgement needed, helping you avoid an expensive court process.

Our pricing is clear and simple, and we provide fee estimates to help you understand the costs of representation.

We're a small family law firm and believe in offering attentive, personalised service.

We will support you through the entire family law process to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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

Andres

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.

Debbie

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.

Andrew

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.

Theresa

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.

Court Representation

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.

Expertise Across all Aspects of Family Law

Divorces and Separations

As an experienced divorce lawyer, we have a reputation for assisting our clients with every aspect of the divorce and separation process, helping you resolve matters quickly so you can move on with your life.

Property Settlement Matters

Arcadian Legal offers clear, practical and expert advice about property settlement following a relationship breakdown. We will help you find a positive solution that protects your assets and interests.

Parenting and Children Matters

Many emotional and practical concerns come into play for parents and children during a divorce. We frequently deal with these issues and help clients find a solution that maintains their relationship with their children.

Binding Financial Agreements

Binding Financial Agreements set out how the assets of both parties will be divided if they separate. We can assist with your BFA prior to entering into a significant relationship.

Spouse Maintenance

We draw on our in-depth knowledge and experience to provide advice and representation if you want to claim spouse maintenance or defend a claim brought against you.

Criminal Law

Some family law matters also become criminal charges. We can help you with cases related to family matters such as a violation of custody rights and domestic violence.

Wills and Estates

Divorce and other family matters usually can trigger changes to your will and estate planning. If you need to revisit your will or make a new one, we have extensive experience to guide you through the process.

Child Support

As a parent, you want the best outcome for your children. We'll assist you with all child support matters, helping you understand your obligations and rights and advising on whether the courts should be involved.

If you are looking for an expert who can help with your family law issue, contact us today.

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.

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Out-of-Court Settlement

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

Married Couples (includes same sex marriage)

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.

   Annangrove
   Bella Vista
   Castle Hill
   Box Hill
   Arcadia
   Beaumont Hills
   Carlingford

   Cherrybrook
   Beecroft
   Cheltenham
   Dural
   Epping
   Baulkham Hills
   Glenwood

   Glenhaven
   Kellyville
   Kenthurst
   North Rocks
   Norwest
   Rouse Hill

   Oatlands
   Winston Hills
   Stanhope Gardens
   Seven Hills
   West Pennant Hills
   Glenorie

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.

Our Competitive Industry Rates

The end of marriages or de facto relationships can be challenging, so we want to make the legal process as easy as possible and offer extremely competitive rates. We provide excellent value for our clients without compromising on the high quality of our legal counsel.

First 30 minutes consultation: Free

Binding Financial Agreements: $3,000 + GST

All other work: $350 + GST per hour

We understand it can be difficult to fund legal fees and are happy to discuss special payment arrangements depending on your financial circumstances.

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.